Pub­lic opin­ion sought on St. Ge­orge EAs

The Expositor (Brantford) - - NEWS - MICHAEL-AL­LAN MAR­ION EXPOSITOR STAFF

ST. GE­ORGE – County coun­cil wants to hear from res­i­dents about plans to ex­pand wa­ter and sewer ser­vices to ac­com­mo­date nearly 1,200 new homes pro­posed to be built in St. Ge­orge.

A pub­lic in­for­ma­tion cen­tre will be held Nov. 21, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the South Dum­fries Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Res­i­dents will get the lat­est re­sults of two on­go­ing class en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ments of plans for wa­ter and waste­water ser­vices to han­dle the growth,

It’s the third such in­for­ma­tion cen­tre af­ter the first two were held three years ago.

In its re­port af­ter the sec­ond ses­sion, Mis­sis­sauga-based en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tant CIMA re­leased pre­lim­i­nary pre­ferred de­sign con­cepts to in­crease the wa­ter sup­ply by in­stalling new pro­duc­tion wells at a new site, with an on-site treat­ment fa­cil­ity and a water­main con- nec­tion to the ex­ist­ing sys­tem. A study has de­ter­mined that one well prob­a­bly would not be enough to meet de­mand.

In its pro­pos­als for waste­water ser­vice, CIMA’s pre­ferred rec­om­men­da­tion is to ex­pand the ca­pac­ity of the ex­ist­ing St. Ge­orge wa­ter pol­lu­tion con­trol plant. The con­sul­tant also rec­om­mends ex­pand­ing a process at the plant that uses micro­organ­isms to break down biodegrad­able ma­te­rial. The process is used for in­dus­trial or do­mes­tic pur­poses to man­age waste or to pro­duce fu­els.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to be in­cluded on the project con­tact list, con­tact:

• Joe Mur­phy, Brant cap­i­tal project man­ager, 26 Park Ave., PO Box 160, Bur­ford, N0E 1A0. He can be reached by phone at 519-4492451, ext. 2209, or by email at www. pub­lic­works@brant.ca.

• San­dra Ro­driguez, CIMA, 5935 Air­port Rd., Suite 500, Mis­sis­sauga, Ont., L4V 1W5

“I hope a lot of peo­ple come out to the meet­ing to give their opin­ions on im­por­tant ques­tions about wa­ter and sewage treat­ment for the growth that’s com­ing,” said Coun. Willem Bouma, whose ward in­cludes St. Ge­orge.

“If we re­ally be­lieve we want de­vel­op­ment that is sus­tain­able, we need to find new pro­cesses in­stead of count­ing on our wa­ter cour­ses in per­pe­tu­ity,” he said.

“If we don’t, we won’t be able to build out to our ur­ban set­tle­ment bound­aries.”

The two en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ments are re­lated to an over­all area study con­ducted by ur­ban de­sign con­sul­tant Walker, Nott, Drag­ice­vic As­so­ciates Ltd. on be­half of the St. Ge­orge Landown­ers Group, made up of Em­pire Com­mu­ni­ties, Ac­tiva Group and Riverview High­lands Hold­ings.

The group pro­poses to build 1,192 hous­ing units that could dou­ble St. Ge­orge’s pop­u­la­tion over the next two decades.

• Em­pire Com­mu­ni­ties wants to build 723 houses and 168 town­houses on the west side of St. Ge­orge.

• Riverview High­lands, owned by Henry Stolp, pro­poses to con­struct 64 houses and 25 town­houses on the south side of Bev­erly Street.

• Ac­tiva wants to build 212 homes at the south end of the vil­lage.

Coun­cil ap­proved in prin­ci­ple an area study for the projects in 2014. And the county and the con­sul­tant con­ducted two pub­lic in­for­ma­tion cen­tres on the en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment.

“This seems to be tak­ing a long time for some­thing that is an im­por­tant part of the plan,’ said Bouma.

“I want to be able to wel­come new peo­ple to live in a St. Ge­orge that has proper ser­vices that are sus­tain­able. We are blessed with wa­ter, but we have to con­sider care­fully the im­pact of our growth on the en­vi­ron­ment.” MMar­ion@post­media.com

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