March 12, 2014

Cheyne says Erin needs vision for future

As published in The Erin Advocate

Jamie Cheyne is running for a seat on Town Council this fall, saying that the Town needs a clear vision to guide economic development over the next 20 years.

“We seem to re-act instead of being pro-active,” he said. “An Economic Development person or committee is needed.”

Cheyne has served on the Town Heritage Committee since 2005 and been the Chair for the last five years. He has also served on the Servicing and Settlement Master Plan (SSMP) Liaison Committee, and would like to see more resident input to the SSMP.

“This has dragged on long enough. The town requires a better mix of housing – lower income residents or retirees, that do not want to move out of town.

“Sitting still is not really an option anymore. The province is mandating growth and in-fill, and we should not be afraid to add retail / commercial and residential growth.

“With the SSMP and the CVCA assessing the river quality, we would only be able to handle so much growth. We will not become Milton or Mississauga.

“We need a council that has respect for each other, even when there are differences of opinion. We need direction from a solid mayor, with councillors that can put things aside and make this town grow.”