The results are in from a Local Growth Management Study for the Town of Hanover, and the report provides a scoped comprehensive review of the Town's long-term urban residential and non-residential land needs.
If Hanover is to ensure its long-term population and employment growth potential is not unduly constrained; it is critical says Consultant Jamie Cook that the Town acquires up to 85 hectares (210 acres) of land beyond its current borders.
He says Hanover's supply of remaining urban land is insufficient to accommodate the long-term demand for urban and non residential land use.
At best, he says Hanover only has about 20 hectares of useable land within its borders to develop on.
As such Cook strongly recommends that Hanover develop a collaborative process to specifically address and negotiate the Town's future municipal land requirements.
The Town's population forecast is projected to climb from 7,688 (2016 stat) to 10,400 by 2041 and its employment forecast numbers are also expected to rise form 4,870 (2016 stat) to 6,790 by 2041.
Cook says the only way for Hanover to keep up with this growth will be by growing beyond its current borders.
West Grey and Brockton surround Hanover's border.
Mayor Sue Paterson says Hanover will examine every acre of land within the Town to determine if it is suitable to build on, if it is hazard land or requires special policy.
As for the need to grow outside the current border, Paterson says Hanover needs to collaborate with its neighbours and discuss partnership opportunities that could serve as a win-win situation for all involved.