DGR Local realtor points out that informed decisions are paramount


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Charlene Randle-Clayton of Coldwell Banker Realty in Kincardine spoke to the Joint Review Panel (JRP) at the on-going proposed DGR hearings in Port Elgin on Wednesday, October 9th (2013).

Charlene Randle-Clayton

"Although agriculture and tourism are key drivers in our area," said Randle-Clayton, "in our communities we are all impacted by the nuclear industry."

According to Randle-Clayton, OPG, Bruce Power and small businesses are all considered  "... good corporate citizens and result in signicant housing and rentals".

She explained that in 2005, there were $10Million dollars in building permits issued in Kincardine and, in 2008, that number had climbed to just under $20Million.  "The growth in our area has, in fact, resulted in the formation of the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC)."

Randle-Clayton went on to say that realtors are often the first point of contact for people who are looking to re-locate.  With regard to the proposed deep geologic repository (DGR), she explained that her company had attended open houses, received newsletters and literature. 

"A handful of people have commented to me that they  have not attended these DGR hearings but should have," she said. "It is human nature to react to, or oppose, change.  Many residents are, in fact, second or third generation families. It would be a mistake to say that those who are not here is because they do not care."

"We (realtors) are ambassadors for properties," she explained.  She went on to say that the area has seen an influx of retirees and new families.  "People come here for many reasons ... some to start their own businesses.  We promote the strengths and attributes of our communities.  Single family residential builds are up and we do not see a decline.  We have some of the most affordable waterfront properties outside the GTA."


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She went on to say that she had had only two clients ask about the proposed DGR.  "One is looking in Inverhuron and I advised the buyers that they could attend the hearings to become informed.  What is most important is that we provide both buyers and sellers with information so that they can make an informed decisions."

"This community is alive and well," she added, "and property values have actually increased in the region over that past 10 years."

Randle-Clayton also said that they support the DGR.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013