Development leads the way in 2021 for Morris-Turnberry
BY DENNY SCOTT
Morris-Turnberry Council will be focusing on both municipally-led and privately-led development, while also continuing to deal with COVID-19 restrictions in 2021 according to Mayor Jamie Heffer.
Heffer said that first among those projects is a Belgrave-area residential development the municipality is backing to increase residential stock for the municipality and increase the municipality’s tax base.
“There are bumps and hurdles, but we’re at the point of wrapping up studies for the project,” he said in an interview with The Citizen. “It’s now ready for rezoning and development. We’re hoping to catch up with the time we lost to COVID-19.”
The project, which is taking some undeveloped lands in the southeastern portion of the village and preparing it for development, is an exciting one, Heffer said. He said council is working to keep the project moving forward on a good timeline.
“In Lower Town there are also some promising residential developments being discussed,” Heffer said, citing several different locations being prepared for future growth.
“Those are the big focuses for us,” he said. “They are significant developments for a municipality our size.”
The municipality is still working through the COVID-19 pandemic, Heffer said, and taking extra steps and a careful approach to make sure staff and residents are kept safe during the lockdown.
“We have to ensure safety,” he said.
There have been setbacks for day-to-day operations, Heffer said, as well as for projects, including the residential ones listed above, but the municipality has been doing its best to keep business going.
“It’s changed things,” Heffer said. “But we’re moving forward.”
He said his staff has been doing an admirable job of pushing forward with projects and work, even as the municipality’s offices remain open by appointment only.
“We’re all working, day-to-day, to get through safely,” he said.