A member of Huron County Council hopes to spur new housing construction on idle residential lots, as a way to attract new residents to fill employment openings.
Councillor Bernie MacLellan's input was key to a report presented to County Council Wednesday.
Huron East is looking at partnering with developers to install water and sewer services in dormant lots, to encourage future construction.
MacLellan says increased housing will help attract new residents to Huron County, to fill job opportunities that have been available for several years.
He adds that existing industries and businesses will benefit from an expanded population, which will also make use of arenas and recreation centres.
MacLellan says a higher population in Huron County may also remove the need for future rural school closures.
The document outlines recent discussions Huron East officials held with Huron-Bruce Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa Thompson on the issue.
County Council has voted to send a letter to Thompson along with the ministers of Infrastructure, and Municipal Affairs and Housing for support of the idea.