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    We were not aware of the Economic Development Survey until now. Is there any way we can view a copy of the survey, and is there an addendum we can do to add our opinions?

    sreimer Asked 29 days ago

    Hello and thank you for your question. Unfortunately, the opportunity to complete the Economic Development Survey closed a number of months ago. There will be additional public engagement opportunities as the Economic Development Advisory Committee develops the Economic Development Strategy. I would suggest that you contact the Town's Manager of Communications and Economic Development, Tim Hendry. Please email: economicdevelopment@thebluemountains.ca

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    Will you be looking into providing resident parking at Northwind Beach and our other lovely beaches since that is one reason that we all moved here. Residents are paying property taxes, Which help to pay for beach control, clean up, bylaw officers, vehicles to patrol the beach etc. and then can’t get there or use our beaches because they full of people from out of area. And $5/hr doesn’t seem like enough. We also need designated resident parking.

    Mriopelle Asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your input.  All residents were mailed a paid parking pass with their last tax bill so there is no charge for paid parking for residents. The paid parking is a pilot project so we will add your input to our file to be considered as we advance this project.  

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    That speed limit reduction is only causing Problems! I set cruise on speed limit and get passed by vehicles taking chances of passing too close, speeding etc. Also passing on turn lanes then pulling in. More accidents are going to happen! Monday a lady in a red Jeep kept honking trying to get me to speed up, waving her arms around, then passed on turn lane at depot, barely got stopped for light. She was far ahead of me the rest of the way to Thornbury

    SueB Asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for advising us of this situation. Unfortunately, there have been a few incidents like this, which when they were reported to the OPP were dealt with.  We continue to monitor the situation and appreciate this kind of information as we work to develop a more permanent solution to the traffic issues on this problematic section of road.

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    Why is the TBM being so pessimistic in their approach to COVID 19? Why announce 3+ weeks out, May 1 to May 25 for continued closures? Why would TBM choose a date that is far removed from the Province of Ontario, especially when there have been extremely few cases of COVID 19 in TBM?

    Gavin Laws Asked 5 months ago

    Dear Gavin,

    We are not pessimistic. Like any organization, we like to provide some certainty to all our stakeholders. Based on the information we had on hand, we knew with some confidence that there was little or no chance that the conditions would be such that the Province would be lifting restrictions before May 25th. We knew therefore that it would be entirely appropriate to keep our facilities closed. We are very fortunate to have had few cases in the Town of The Blue Mountains, both reported and non-reported presumed cases.  The fact that they have been contained is a tribute to all who have and continue to practice physical distancing.

    Best Regards, 

    Alar Soever

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    When considering the ongoing development in The Town of the Blue Mountains have you and your office evaluated the use of design guidelines and architectural restrictions for commercial development to maintain the small town look and feel of Thornbury and surrounding areas in TBM that create its unique charm and appeal? For example, Bruce Street is historic, well maintained and should be kept that way, while highway 26 through town is at a turning point of small town feel and big box/commercial convenience. Will every business be able to have large logos and bright lights like the new Esso or will the town take a more quaint approach similar to Lake Tahoe as laid out below? Lake Tahoe has various communities that have utilized standards to honor natural beauty, proximity to natural features (water and mountains) and small town feel while not stifling development or economic growth. They have maintained a beautiful aesthetic that draws visitors from all over. Examples can be found in the city of South Lake Tahoe Design Guide: https://www.cityofslt.us/DocumentCenter/View/6498/SLTDG-FINAL-030816?bidId= Thornbury has the opportunity to be a town that balances natural beauty, history and small town feel with responsible development maintained by design guidelines/architectural restrictions that should not be overlooked. Developing into a small, Collingwood like branded convenience center would be a true shame and lost of a long term, value creating opportunity for all residents.

    GeorgianBay Asked 8 months ago

    The Town of The Blue Mountains developed Community Design Guidelines in June 2012. The implementation of these guidelines is further supported by policies contained within the Town’s Official Plan. However, unlike some other North American jurisdictions, the Town has not yet developed architectural control guidelines/standards. As the Town moves forward in updating its planning documents over the coming years, we will be evaluating the need for updates to our existing plans/guidelines or other new related tools the Town can use to ensure growth and development achieve the look, feel, and character that Council and the community envision.  However, in the meantime, the existing Community Design Guidelines remain a relevant and valuable document that guides development design today.

    Thank you,

    Deputy Mayor Rob Potter