1) Hanover is bursting at the seams and in need of more land for development. How would you address this challenge?
Economic development is at all time high in Hanover. As this development expands, there is a need for more land. I believe we should first explore the best possible uses of empty buildings and vacant lots within town. For ie JDSS building could be used for multi purpose development such as a combination of residential, retail, and commercial along with some recreational facilities. Phase 3 of the Strategic Plan also commits to the development within the Town’s boundaries north of the Saugeen River.
These areas should be developed first which will put Hanover is a stronger position when it comes to negotiation for more land or shared land with our neighbours along the boarder.
2) Many residents are expressing safety concerns regarding Hanover’s Trail System. Much of this concern stems from ‘Tent City’, (individuals living in tents in the forested area near the trails.) How should the Town address these safety concerns?
The “tent city” issue is not just a problem for Hanover. Many municipalities have expressed concerns about homelessness within their boundaries. On November 2nd and 6th, Grey County is hostina a Housing and Homelessness consultation to create a plan to address this issue. Hanover needs a way to develop an affordable housing plan. The Town must put resources intio hiring a social worker and drug addiction councellor to deal directly with the people in need. In partnership with the Hanover Public Services, we can take steps to solve these problems.
3) Would you support allowing a cannabis retail operation to set up shop in Hanover?
Answering this question brings forth a lot more questions than answers. The lack of information has left many councilor and municipalities ‘unnerved.’ Municipalities will be left to deal with many problems. The best solution would have been to have LCBO stores oversee the sales of cannabis. At this time with little information, I would need to withhold my support. I would reconsider when more direction is provided.