Greenbelt Position Paper
Summary of The Greenbelt Position Paper
Breaking it down...
- The Provincial Government released two important plans: its plan for the Greenbelt, and the Rural Plan.
- Both of these plans have significant implications for the Town of Lincoln, and speak to the future of our community.
- The Town of Lincoln lies almost entirely within the greenbelt area established in the Niagara Region, under the “specialty crop” designation.
- As a result, the Town is prohibited from expanding its urban boundaries.
The Challenge for Lincoln:
- With the inability to expand urban boundaries, Lincoln must continue to rely on a very small tax-base.
- Winery related agri-tourism is growing at a rapid pace each year which changes traffic patterns in the Town substantially.
- This increase in traffic on rural roads puts significant pressure on Lincoln's rural infrastructure.
- Already, the Wine Route alone is in need of repair; 76% of this bill would be paid for by urban taxpayers and 3% by the agricultural community.
- This investment is critical, but unaffordable for the Town and its residents.
- It is important that we work together with the Province, to recognize that Lincoln is not a typical rural town.
- Our unique circumstances will require a partnership with the Province if the goals of the greenbelt strategy and the Rural Plan are to be met in our Town.
- With a creative funding approach that recognizes the special circumstances of this permanent greenbelt community and its overwhelmingly rural character with intense infrastructure pressures, we can achieve our common vision of a rural community supporting the greenbelt strategy and using tourism as a key economic driver for the future.
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