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General Suburban Updates and Rumours
(09-12-2018, 12:26 PM)Tony_Plow Wrote: I understand that there is a plan to add density by building more condos and apartments within city boundaries, but how will the Region accommodate families who want to live in single detached homes?  Ultimately, some new subdivisions will have to be built.

Single detached houses are not some God-given right. They're a particular choice of land use, one that does happen to be glorified in our culture. But we don't have to build more of them. For one, because there are other ways to provide good housing for individuals and families in a way that has fewer irreversible environmental impacts - more densely, in particular. For another, because there's a ton of existing single detached housing stock that's still there for those who value them more than their existing occupants. I think we all know that a lot of big detached houses only have one or two people living in them.
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(09-12-2018, 01:58 PM)clasher Wrote: People are moving out to places like Listowel in search of cheaper single-family housing.

Did we just get our first bedroom community?!?!
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I don't think you'd have to do much calculating to find a lot of local areas whose resident supply vastly outstrips its job supply for adults. We might not have many like Orleans (population ~140K, with some strip malls but zero industry and pretty much zero non-retail employment, a bedroom area of Ottawa post-amalgamation), but we definitely have our equivalents.
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Most of the towns in the region's townships qualify for that.
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Which is a bit funny to an extent, when people say that they love township living when no, in fact, they love aspects of it divorced from reality. There isn't the industry, office or heavy, to support employment needed by those populations, nor many services from ones like hospitals and police, to libraries, to services and retail. Many of those are "borrowed" from the cities, and if you plunked one of the townships down truly as just a township without a reasonable ability to borrow these necessities from outside its borders, it just wouldn't work. Then again, we all do this in different ways: the neighbourhoods around UpTown love being close to UpTown, they just don't want the core of a major city to actually have other people living nearby. We want to have good assets like hospitals and libraries and courthouses, but we don't like to deal with the realities of those living in poverty or with substance abuse or mental health issues. Too often we act like we should be able to pick and choose only what is best for us, and toss away responsibility for the things we don't like as much, even when they are absolutely essential.
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(09-12-2018, 02:30 PM)Spokes Wrote:
(09-12-2018, 01:58 PM)clasher Wrote: People are moving out to places like Listowel in search of cheaper single-family housing.

Did we just get our first bedroom community?!?!

Wouldn't that be Baden?
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(09-12-2018, 05:16 PM)panamaniac Wrote:
(09-12-2018, 02:30 PM)Spokes Wrote: Did we just get our first bedroom community?!?!

Wouldn't that be Baden?

Elmira was the first bedroom community!   Undecided
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Just curious - why did the Region decide that the vast majority of future development of undeveloped lands would occur in Woolwich Township North and South of Breslau?
From the Growth Strategy Map it appears that at least 3/4 of all future development will occur in this area.
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(09-14-2018, 10:38 AM)Tony_Plow Wrote: Just curious - why did the Region decide that the vast majority of future development of undeveloped lands would occur in Woolwich Township North and South of Breslau?
From the Growth Strategy Map it appears that at least 3/4 of all future development will occur in this area.

Is that the case?  I was under the impression that a great deal of development was occurring to the south-west of Kitchener.

Can you post the map?
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The map is posted above ...
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These are areas where growth would have the least impact on the water table and/or prime farmland, so they were selected for that to go ahead and other areas to be outside the line.
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(09-14-2018, 10:47 AM)danbrotherston Wrote:
(09-14-2018, 10:38 AM)Tony_Plow Wrote: Just curious - why did the Region decide that the vast majority of future development of undeveloped lands would occur in Woolwich Township North and South of Breslau?
From the Growth Strategy Map it appears that at least 3/4 of all future development will occur in this area.

Is that the case?  I was under the impression that a great deal of development was occurring to the south-west of Kitchener.

Can you post the map?

Most new development does seem to be in the south-west, but the built up area is starting to reach the growth boundary in that part of Kitchener. I suspect that the available land used to be more evenly distributed east and west, but that development has just favoured the west end of Kitchener and therefore there is now less supply there and more in the Breslau area.
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The Tim Hortons at Frederick Mall seems to have started after 5 years of "Coming Soon"

   
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Been noticing some significant property prep work being done across from Conestoga College's Doon Campus — next to the residences. Anyone know whats going in here? I'd assume just retail of some sort, maybe a restaurant?
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