I’ll start providing some short notes concerning what I heard at the previous night’s meeting of Council. This won’t be comprehensive, but rather will identify points worth noting and perhaps considering. Check the North Star and the Town’s official minutes (out by Friday) for additional information and perspective.

Emily Street – things are behind schedule and frustrating for Town Staff. A Come to Peter (Brown) meeting is being held this Thursday which should shed more light on plans.

Salt Dock Road Property – there were two deputations last night outlining a vision for development of the surplus property that the Town is proposing to sell. It’s worth watching the recording of the live stream to understand their intentions for the property if they can acquire the land. Here’s a link to the 2017-12-05 meeting stream. (The deputations start at the 28-minute point.) The proposals differ:

John Jacklin – a mix of single family and town homes. The single family unit prices will start at $1.5 million. Yes, I had to go back and listen to the stream to confirm that number. (FYI – that would imply annual property taxes on the order of more than $15,000 per year.) The town homes would be priced in the range of $500,000 to $600,000. Construction would start summer 2018.

Greystone (Granite Harbour folks) – more of what we already have on Salt Dock Road. The units would be priced in the $200,000 to $400,000+ range. Construction would start once Phase 2, close to completion, and Phase 3, mostly pre-sold, are complete; probably 2019.

Watch the deputations for more information. I have no opinion on these two proposals, but it certainly reinforces the apparent attractiveness of Parry Sound for people selling in the GTA and heading north to a cheaper location, not too far away, with decent services, and those who have cottaged up here and don’t want to deal in their old age with winter in the boonies. Both groups will demand GTA quality accommodations, not Parry Sound Shabby.