Way back in 1999/2000, I had the pleasure of chairing a committee for the town of Collingwood that was called Vision 2020. As you can surmise, it was a project that looked ahead to the future of the community and made recommendations to the council of the day about ways to prepare for what lay ahead. And that we did. 240 recommendations in all. You can read the report here: Vision 2020 Blueprint Collingwood
We identified keys areas of potential pressure and a key one was the issue of housing. Here we are 18 years later and exactly what we predicted, has happened. In addition, the recommendations we made at the time, fell mostly on deaf ears with a lack of either political will or understanding to be proactive on the issues.
“The existing housing situation is rapidly in danger of spiralling out of control and the Town of Collingwood as a whole does not yet appreciate the severity of the situation.” Vision 2020
Today, we are faced with a significant labour shortage in the area and many believe that is directly related to the lack of affordable or, better said, attainable housing in the area for the workforce needed to fill those jobs.
Rock 95 did this article online that looks at this issue and includes an interview with yours truly. I love any chance to jump on the Vision 2020 bandwagon knowing that it was a gift to the town that was never appropriately appreciated. Perhaps now someone will dust off the pages and re-visit the suggestions which still hold merit today. We can fix this.