What was said: Southgate council looks at projected growth from GTA

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Comments taken from last Wednesday’s sometimes heated discussion of development in Southgate, especially in Dundalk, as residential growth builds in the Hwy. 10 town within commuting distance of Brampton and Mississauga.

CAO DAVE MILLINER

“Are we in control of development? Yes, we are. But if we don’t increase servicing capacity, we’re going to be at a full-stop shortly.”

DEPUTY-MAYOR MILNE

Deputy-Mayor Brian Milne said he had heard the message that we want to build for whatever growth is coming.

“Perhaps we should build infrastructure for the growth we want,” he said. “We’re the tail being wagged by the dog.”

COUN. JASON RICE

Coun. Jason Rice said he was a little concerned that Southgate was developing too fast.

“I hear it from the people,” he said. “Are we catering to the developers too much? Toronto has a lot of houses - it doesn’t make them more affordable.”

COUN. DOBREEN

“When do we say to the developers – enough residential?” Cou. Barbara Dobreen asked.

“They’re just buying more land, waiting for us to build capacity – we’re losing farmland.”

COUN. SHERSON

“I don’t see any costs going down as a taxpayer – I just see costs going up.” said Coun. Michael Sherson, a Dundalk resident.

“There is more staff – more equipment, when are we going to see that slowing down?”

MAYOR JOHN WOODBURY

“We’ve shown the need for a good robust discussion around the future.”

NEXT FIVE YEARS

In an email response to the Herald, CAO Milliner said that staff projections mostly included council-approved housing projects and supported by servicing that already has been invested in, such as:

- land developments in Eco Park Phase I (Ida Street) and Eco Park Phase II (Hwy #10 property),

-Eco Park Roadway design work to Hwy #10,

- use of new Well 5 capacity,

- investments made in Water Tower design,

-Wastewater EA to gain capacity.

All these “are the big investments that have mapped out our support for growth.”

He said the big discussion would be about the period from five to 10 years away: “Those discussions will be more about a new production well needed in 2027 to 2029, wastewater capacity for beyond 2026 and so on.”

FIGURES AT A GLANCE

Total 5-year increase forecast by staff: 1,245 units and 3,111 people

(Dundalk's population was about 2,000 at the time of the 2016 census)

YEAR BY YEAR GROWTH PROJECTION

(population based on 2.5 persons/unit)

2021 – 210 units – 525 people

2022 - 213 units – 532 people

2023 – 304 units – 760 people

2024 – 193 units – 482 people

2025 – 325 units – 812 people

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald