As one of those who opposed taking the 91 hectares in West Prairie Valley out of the Agricultural Land Reserve many councils ago, I am pleased to see that our present council is now planning to put it back in.
Over the past year many interested citizens took part in workshops, open houses and a survey organized by our consulting firm.
The workshops helped us focus on where future growth should occur.
After many discussions, and coloured pieces of paper on wall maps it appeared that the consensus was outward from our central core.
The phrase, “put the people where the pipes are,” seemed to summarize it.
Cost effective expansion into these areas will require the ability to develop on ALR lands that are close to the downtown core.
Expanding our sewer system into these areas will protect our environment while still allowing for densification through smaller lot sizes.