by Mike Robinson.
A government proclamation establishing municipal requirements for long-term planning for infrastructure turned into a lengthy debate on yet another set of rules being handed down by the province.
Puslinch councillor Ken Roth said it is all well and good for the province to pass its Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act, but asked “what is it going to do for us?”
The act itself establishes new mechanisms to encourage long-term infrastructure planning that supports job creation and training opportunities, economic growth, protection of the environment and design excellence. The provincial government news release states, “Upon proclamation, the government and broader public sector entities covered by the act will be required to consider statutory infrastructure planning principles when making infrastructure-related decisions.
“Can someone tell me what this means?” Roth asked.