The proposed Caivan housing development in Perth is a passionately debated topic in the community.  It’s a proposal that could have sweeping effects on the future of Perth and surrounding area.  The Perth & District Chamber of Commerce has prepared this survey to determine how this or other housing developments, could change or impact your business.  
 
Background on the Caivan Proposal
In 2009, Perth Town Council annexed the Perth Golf Course lands and amended its Official Plan to include the property in the urban boundary, with hopes that some of the property, close to downtown, could someday be used for residential development.  Ottawa-based Caivan Developments acquired the property in 2021 after consultations with the Town and Lanark County. 

Caivan has proposed a housing development that would eventually include about 640 detached homes and 300 townhomes. The plan eliminates the back nine holes of the golf course, adds multi-use paths, three parks and storm-water ponds.  The current Peter Street bridge to the golf course would be ‘twinned’ to serve as access to the subdivision.  The project, when completed, could add up to 2,200 people to Perth’s population.

When the second draft plan of the subdivision was presented in March of 2023, Perth Council raised questions about a single point of access, water and sewer service, parking, drainage, winter maintenance and landscaping.  Caivan has appealed the plan to the Ontario Land Tribunal – a process that could last two years.

SURVEY:  Please provide answers to the following questions.  Feel free to add any comments you’d like to share.  All comments will remain confidential and results will be anonymous.
 
We appreciate your valuable feedback on this important issue.  You will have 10 days to complete the survey and once results have been tabulated, the Chamber will report back to you.  Thank you.
Part ONE – The Effect of Increased Population:

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* 2. If the population of Perth was to grow by 1,400 to 2,200 residents over the next number of years with the new proposed subdivision, how would this population increase impact your business?

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* 3. If an increase in population provided more consumer demand for your product or service, would your business be able to handle more customers, volume or orders.

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* 4. Do you have the physical capacity to grow your business using the current
retail/ office/ manufacturing space you have now?

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* 5. Would you have any difficulties securing financial resources to expand your
business if needed?

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* 6. If your business activity increased to serve a rise in local population, how
difficult would it be to find/hire new staff?

Part TWO – The Effect on Housing Availability:

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* 7. Would a new-home subdivision in Perth help you attract and/or keep new
employees?

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* 8. Would the salary range of your staff allow them to purchase new homes in
the proposed subdivision if home prices ranged from $600K to $900K?

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* 9. If your staff salary range is not high enough for employees to buy homes in
the proposed subdivision, do you feel local housing availability could still
increase as other residents moved to the subdivision, making their lower-
priced homes available?

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* 10. Is it important is to you that any new development include Affordable
Housing?

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* 11. What type of housing construction do you think is most needed in the Perth area?

Part THREE – Perth’s Tax Base:

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* 12. With a 4% increase in municipal taxes and a 6% rise in water/sewer rates this year, do you feel Perth will be able to keep up with future infrastructure
costs?

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* 13. Do you think Perth needs to grow its population and tax base in order to be
eligible for future government funding for hospital redevelopment, schools,
recreation facilities, infrastructure projects, etc.?

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* 14. Do you think Perth will be able to afford any of the services or projects above
without approving new housing developments to increase its tax base?

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* 15. If the Town of Perth exhausts its financial reserves as currently planned and
is unable to increase its tax base, what impact would a tax increase of 5%
annually over the next 5 years have on your business?  (Check all that apply)

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* 16. What impact would a tax increase of 7% annually over the next 5 years have
on your business? (Check all that apply)

Part FOUR - Parking/Traffic:

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* 17. Does the Town of Perth have sufficient parking in all of its commercial areas
(downtown, Wilson Street and Hwy 7 corridor) to support consumer and
population growth?

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* 18. In any areas where you feel there is insufficient parking, do you have any suggestions to help remedy the situation?

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* 19. Does a new subdivision worry you about increased traffic and parking
demands within Perth?

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* 20. Are you concerned with the proposal to ‘twin’ the Peter Street bridge with
the subdivision resulting in a single point-of-access on Peter Street?

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* 21. Do you feel a new, additional bridge access to the subdivision would be
necessary for emergency purposes and to avoid gridlock?

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* 22. If you feel another access is needed, do you have any suggestions on where a second possible bridge/access could be located?

Part FIVE – Final Thoughts:

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* 23. Which community appears to have enhanced their facilities and/or created positive development opportunities in the last decade?
Perth or Smiths Falls?

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* 24. If the Perth Golf Course reverts to 9-hole golf course (from 18 holes), will it affect your business?

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* 25. Do you feel that the proposed housing development would change the
character of Perth as a ‘quaint’ and ‘heritage’ destination?

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* 26. Do you feel Perth’s Planners and Town Council should restart collaboration with Caivan Developments (outside of the Ontario Land Tribunal), to try and come to an agreement sooner?

Thank you for sharing your opinion and comments!
We will be sharing the survey results on our Chamber member updates and
through the media.
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