Wasaga Beach – Town Planners Update 2011
Each year, our local Georgian Triangle Association of REALTORS®, (GTAR) invite a panel of our local municipality’s planners to update our members about current events in their geographic areas. Over a few weeks, we at the The Collingwood Blue Mountain Real Estate Blog are posting summaries from these discussions.
Planners Part 4 – Town of Wasaga Beach: Nathan Wukasch, Planner
Nathan noted that there are 80 active development applications in Wasaga Beach, and added that many are driven by retirees. He stated that on average, 300-350 dwelling unit permits are issued per year. He noted that medium and high density growth has been significant. The development map is online.
He told us that the new firehall is being built, as well as a new library and several development projects are underway. New rules have been proposed around Bed and Breakfast establishments.
Strategic Planning: Wasaga Beach is developing a Special Events Strategy, Parks, Facilities and Recreation Master Plan, and Active Transit Plan and they are in the process of updating their Official Plan.
He drew our attention to the Beach Area 1 & 2 Visioning Exercise, where “over the past six months, the consulting team has been working in conjunction with a steering committee comprised of members of Council, businesses owners, local residents and Town staff. The purpose of the project is to establish a long term vision for the future development of the private and municipally held lands in the area of Beach Areas One and Two and enhance tourism opportunities; while ensuring continued public access to the beach. Input and ideas from the community has played a key role in the overall project.” Although the final report is not complete, some of the ideas coming forth from this visioning are: a festival square, realignment of Mosley St., continuous boardwalk, pedestrian bridges across the river, riverwalk, treed continuous promenade, indoor family attractions.
Nathan commented that the province has legislated that 2nd units will be allowed in all single family homes – municipalities need to decide on implementation.
Wind Power – none proposed in Wasaga Beach
Business Park – close to intersection of Highway 26 and Mosley in early stages of marketing.
Wasaga Beach has 11 family doctors and a community health centre – recruitment continues to be a priority.