These are exciting times in the Lake Simcoe area... You never know what names are going to show up!
To the surprise and delight of organizers of the annual Marsh Mash paddle race on the Holland Marsh, contestants this spring included Olympians Adam van Koeverden and Mark Oldershaw, pictured.
In June, the Simcoe County District School Board named Bradford's new school Chris Hadfield Public School, after the Canadian astronaut who captured the imagination of people in Canada and around the world during his recent space shuttle expedition that had him tweeting with schoolchildren across Canada and sharing photographs and music from space.
And you don't know how many people are going to show up!
Planners, however, have a good idea that another 100,000 or so people are going to show up in the Lake Simcoe area in the next decade or two, and they are going to want to live here.
Sometimes Lake Simcoe communities do a great job at getting ready for this influx.
The Town of Innisfil, for example, was the only Canadian municipality selected by the international government network Alliance for Innovation to present at their "Transforming Local Government” Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in April, attended by about 600 representatives from municipalities across Canada and the U.S. The Alliance recognized Innisfil for successfully capturing their town’s hopes and dreams for the future in its community strategic plan, “Inspiring Innisfil 2020.”
But Innisfil is also the town that opened its doors to Friday Harbour development, still contentious for its size even as building and sales move ahead.
And now a resort development complex has been proposed for Beaverton. You can see this proposal in the agenda for the Township of Brock's Planning Committee meeting on Dec. 13, 2012, at http://oyezoyez.townshipofbrock.ca/site/en/1707/p/5638/index.do Look for the attachment at the top of the committee meeting agenda.
What do Lake Simcoe's lake people want to see happening as tens of thousands of people arrive and want to call the Lake Simcoe Watershed their home?