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Brockton Left Out Of Planning

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Brockton fired off a strongly worded letter to Bruce County Council recently.

Brockton fired off a strongly worded letter to Bruce County Council recently.
It’s no secret that tension has been building between Brockton and the County of Bruce Planning Department over the last few months.

Deputy Mayor Dan Gieruszak says there are issues in terms of what Brockton Council would like to see and what the County is providing in terms of planning services.

Failure by County staff to include Brockton’s input and recommendations to the County Planning Committee who recently reviewed and approved the large subdivision coming to Walkerton has only exacerbated the problem.

Gieruszak notes Brockton Council held a number of community engagement meetings to solicit public feedback as well as spent a lot of time with the developer reviewing the project, yet none of the recommendations of Brockton or the public were included in the information.

He calls this unacceptable, saying Brockton’s recommendations should have been made known to the County officials before they voted on the project.

Gieruszak says there seems to be some form of disconnect between Brockton and the County that needs to rectify.

As such, Brockton is sending a letter to Bruce County Council to inquire as to why Brockton’s recommendations were not put forward by County Staff in their report.

Gieruszak says there needs to be some follow up, saying this is not an isolated issue.

He says the latest offence follows months of Brockton disappointment with the County Planning Department.

As for the 75 home subdivision planned for the former Brant Central School property in Walkerton, it will proceed, just not with the small revisions that both the developer and Brockton had wanted.

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