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Friday, April 26, 2019

Breakfast with Mayor Charbonneau

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

He says Saugeen Shores has the longest list of people needing affordable housing in Bruce County

Photo by John Divinski, © 2019 

Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau says everyone is aware the municipality is growing but with that comes challenges.

Mayor Charbonneau, speaking to a full room of Chamber members at the Walker House in Southampton, says municipal growth is good but it's imperative that the growth, "results in an improved quality of life for everybody, including those people that have lived here their whole lives."

When it comes to affordable, attainable housing, sometimes the picture isn't as rosy as it could be.

Charbonneau says many people may not realize there are 227 families on the waiting list for affordable housing in Saugeen Shores which is the longest list of any municipality in Bruce County.

He says part of the solution is high density, more attainable housing, which means when that four-plex or apartment building is approved close to a neighbourhood, it's the responsibility of the residents in the area, to accept it because the housing is needed.

The mayor also touched on other highlights of growth in the community, such as the new police station build that is underway; the continuing development of the Nuclear Innovation Institute and the high income and low taxes the community enjoys, making it one of the best places to live in Canada.

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