Following the hiring in February 2020 of a development and marketing coordinator to help promote residential development in Alexandria and Maxville, the Township of North Glengarry’s Community Development Committee has now approved the creation of a development advisory team.

The development advisory team will be comprised of Municipal and County technical experts and will be the first point of contact with landowners and land developers pursuing subdivision development. The team will discuss the opportunities and identify any challenges with proposed development properties, which will help lead to a clear understanding of its development potential.

“The creation of the development advisory team sends a strong message to landowners and the development community that the Township of North Glengarry is open for business.” said Carma Williams, Deputy Mayor of North Grenville, and Chair of the Community Development Committee. “The round table meetings will help open dialogue and are essential to getting accurate responses quickly.”

The township will also be implementing a community ambassador program, which will provide a way for residents to get involved in the township’s growth and show their community pride. As part of the economic development team, community ambassadors will be the face of North Glengarry, and will be given the training and tools to help showcase the township as a great place to live and work to potential businesses and residents.

These steps to increase residential development in the municipality coincide with a lift of a 30-year building freeze for the Town of Alexandria. In late April, North Glengarry council approved moving forward with a sustainable seven-stage lagoon expansion over the next five years and beyond. The compliance of the lagoon had been identified by council as a major priority in the township’s 2019 Corporate Strategic Plan.

The lifting of the building freeze will generate revenue and connection fees to help pay for the project, the total cost of which is estimated to be $19 million. Grants from the provincial and federal governments will also be sought for the project. Upon completion, the lagoon capacity will be doubled and the effluent standards will be met.