Look­ing for hous­ing help

Corn­wall coun­cil meets with other lev­els of govern­ment to en­cour­age di­verse hous­ing styles

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - THE GUARDIAN

The Town of Corn­wall sees a need for di­ver­sity of hous­ing styles in the com­mu­nity, so this week it met with other lev­els of govern­ment to en­cour­age that di­rec­tion.

Coun. Peter Meggs, chair­man of Corn­wall’s plan­ning com­mit­tee, told the monthly coun­cil meet­ing Wed­nes­day that he met Tues­day with Wayne Easter, MP for Malpeque, and Heath MacDon­ald, MLA for Corn­wall, on the topic of hous­ing.

“This was a bit of brain­storm­ing to dis­cuss fu­ture hous­ing needs of the town,” said Meggs. “It was good to make politi­cians from fed­eral and pro­vin­cial lev­els aware of where we would like to see the town go­ing in the fu­ture and what kinds of hous­ing op­tions we would like to see of­fered and how we could get as­sis­tance and sup­port on some of those ideas.”

Corn­wall wants to en­cour­age de­vel­op­ers to build more apart­ment units in the town, more side-by-side du­plexes, more se­nior-friendly hous­ing and any other hous­ing styles a healthy com­mu­nity needs in its mix, Meggs said.

The fed­eral govern­ment may have some fund­ing pro­grams in the new Trudeau govern­ment that could help, he added.

“Ac­ces­si­ble hous­ing, af­ford­able hous­ing, all those sorts of things — is there go­ing to be a ded­i­cated fund to as­sist mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to pro­vide more of that kind of hous­ing for res­i­dents?” Meggs won­dered. “Wayne is in the know in terms of what’s go­ing to come out of Ottawa in the fu­ture.”

For its part, the pro­vin­cial govern­ment might have staff that could help with some­thing like a de­mo­graphic study that would pro­vide de­vel­op­ers with solid num­bers about Corn­wall’s hous­ing mar­ket in the fu­ture, said Meggs.

“There are a lot of se­niors in our com­mu­nity right now and there are go­ing to be more,” said Meggs. “For us to help ser­vice those se­niors, what is the best way for us to tap into the hous­ing needs of peo­ple to make sure peo­ple are not leav­ing the com­mu­nity?

“We are just try­ing to en­cour­age a whole range of de­vel­op­ment from our end,” said Meggs.

“We want to make sure that de­vel­op­ers know that Corn­wall is a com­mu­nity that will help that along.”

BRIAN MCINNIS/THE GUARDIAN

Corn­wall town coun­cil­lor Peter Meggs lis­tens to a speaker dur­ing the reg­u­lar meet­ing of coun­cil Wed­nes­day night.

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