Town urged to “be bold” on development

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There was scant interest from ratepayers at a public meeting held last week to update Deep River’s zoning bylaw in order for it to align with recent changes to the Planning Act.

But the one member of the public who did express interest in the meeting had a lot of constructive things to say.

The changes to the Planning Act were made by the province in a bid to accelerate the development of new housing in municipalities across Ontario.

Deep River native Neil Milton weighed in on that goal in a written submission to council.

“Deep River desperately needs more housing,” Milton stated in his submission, arguing that in order for that to happen the town needs to change its zoning bylaw to permit higher development densities, especially for lots zoned as Residential 2 (R2).

“The proposed zoning bylaw amendments are the bare minimum required to comply with the Planning Act,” the president of Ottawa-based Bygda Builders went on to state.

“They are a step in the right direction. However, they are too cautious to actually incent the level of building that Deep River desperately needs and could easily accommodate”…

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