DUNDAS VALLEY: 50 Year Vision: Strategic Directions
- Preserve and enhance the connectivity of ecosystems in the Valley and explore the co-benefits of connecting with the Cootes to the Escarpment strategy.
- Preserve the escarpment and rural countryside, including selected vistas.
- Protect rare, endangered and species at risk in the Valley area.
- Combat the impact of invasive and nuisance species within the Valley.
- Protect and enhance the health of streams, watercourses, and waterfalls.
- Maintain and protect local architectural and natural heritage
- Promote green business practices within the community.
- Develop farmer generated mechanism to develop public support for agriculture and increase the awareness of the importance of local agriculture as both an activity and a lifestyle and Support the promotion of locally grown and processed crops in close proximity to residents.
- Support the implementation of the City of Hamilton’s ‘special character’ roads through the Valley.
- Develop a Valley-wide sustainable tourism business plan
I was on the stakeholder committee that helped develop these strategic directions: where do you think Maplewood fits in? Well, the Maplewood that the HCA staff recommended be torn down and the natural area rehabilitated fits in nicely: the Maplewood that for some reason is back on the agenda where the HCA spends six figures to fix it up to then lease for 15 years to a private school that charges $10,000.00 per child each year, who will run a farm/garden in the middle of Dundas Valley, does nothing to achieve the strategic directions as we envisaged.