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Province’s proposal to build on Greenbelt not a great idea, says Naturally Northumberland host

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Recently, the Ontario government announced it wants to turn over portions of the Green Belt for housing development. The Greenbelt is about 7,000 sq. kilometres of protected land stretching from the Golden Horseshoe to the eastern edges of the Durham Region. For developers, it is welcomed the news as it opens opportunities for new housing along the northern edges of the GTA. For environmentalists and farmers, it is not so good. Continue Reading →

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Changes to legislation could end up impacting property taxes and your neighbourhood

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The Ontario government made a significant announcement saying it would make changes to speed up the building of affordable houses and rental units. Several sweeping changes are meant to speed up the process and make it cheaper to build units. On the surface, it sounds great. But when I talked to Cobourg planners at town hall, there was a different picture. The money developers could end up on your tax bill. Continue Reading →

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New legislation makes it easier for developers, but less local control, says planner

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The provincial government passed new legislation just before the end of April. It will make it easier for developers to get approvals for their plans. For some, it is reducing red tape. For others, it represents less local control. A mini-documentary featuring Anne Taylor Scott, the town planner for Cobourg, will explore how this will change where you live. Continue Reading →

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Port Hope mayor gives some details surrounding massive land deal to acquire Wesleyville

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On February 15, Port Hope council will debate one of the most significant land acquisitions in the recent history of Northumberland County. The town is looking to purchase more than 1,300 acres for around $20 million. About half the land is environmentally sensitive, while the remainder can be developed for residential, commercial, and industrial uses. Ontario Power Generation currently owns the land in Wesleyville. Mayor Bob Sanderson and town staff have toiled away on the deal for the past two years. Continue Reading →

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Will Northumberland become the next Barrie? Planning for growth critical, says county official

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A recent study commissioned by Northumberland County is projecting the population will grow to 122,000 by 2051. This is up from the current 90,000 people who live here now. Some say we may hit that number sooner. The picture-postcard that draws so many people to come and live in Northumberland could be facing expansive, rapid growth similar to places like Barrie, Peterborough, and Clarington. The question is: where will these people live? Continue Reading →

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County protects beautiful, natural landscapes in face population growth, says planner

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Take a drive anywhere in Northumberland County, and you are sure to come upon a beautiful landscape. We all know the rolling hills, beautiful forests, lakes, and streams.

Already the pressure is on. Within the next 30 years or sooner, Northumberland County could grow to 122,000 people. Right now, there are about 85,000. Those numbers could be surpassed much sooner as more people move to the area in record numbers. Continue Reading →

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Cobourg’s mayor explains council’s decision to approve a rehab centre at former Woodlawn Inn

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As promised last week, when I interview Cobourg Mayor John Henderson recently about the future of the Brookside Youth Detention Centre, I also took the opportunity to talk to him about plans to convert the former Woodlawn Inn – a well-known boutique hotel and restaurant on Division Street – into a residential drug and alcohol treatment centre. The company behind the proposal is the Canadian Centre for Addictions. It runs a similar facility in Port Hope. As you would expect, neighbours and others expressed deep concerns about the location. Still, the council approved the plan. Continue Reading →

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Darling drops by for inaugural visit to Consider This Live

Cobourg councillor Brian Darling pays his first visit to Consider This Live, sharing his experiences over the past year and what is ahead for his role as co-ordinator of building and development on the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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A radical proposal for municipal planning

By Robert Washburn

Here is a radical idea: Make developers pay the complete cost of getting municipal approval for their projects. It will never happen. But, it should be considered. Right now, public tax dollars are spent maintaining planning departments. Certainly, there are aspects of planning that are in the general public interest – official plans, secondary plans, bylaws, policies, etc. Continue Reading →

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Survey reveals fascinating trends for Cobourg downtown

By Robert Washburn

Very soon, Cobourg residents will find out if council’s $95,000 investment in a downtown revitalization project will bear some fruit. Currently, figures from two recent surveys are being crunched and the results poured over as the various experts, politicians and business leaders think about the future of the town’s core. While the final report is not complete and it will be up to the experts to provide detailed analysis, along with the final conclusions, some early results reveal interesting trends. A vast majority of Cobourg residents, about 84 per cent, visit the downtown at least once a week. Their favourite places to visit are the waterfront or a particular restaurant or shop. Continue Reading →

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