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The economic potential of a Hagersville by-pass

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Title: The economic potential of a Hagersville by-pass
Author: Banda, Wilrik
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Rural Planning and Development
Advisor: Cummings, HarryDevlin, John
Abstract: Transportation is a continuously evolving aspect of planning that requires long range forecasting and social and economic impact assessments. The ability to forecast the future in transportation is also based on current trends in housing, commercial and industrial development. The planned community of Townsend is a prime example of the major implications long range transportation planning can have on a region when the end result do not meet the expectations. This research paper is exploring past decisions, based on trends and development in the industrial sector, and the current implications these decisions have on the rural community of Hagersville, in Haldimand County, after the projected increase in population and development failed to materialize in Townsend and the Nanticoke Industrial Park, and was subsequently abandoned in the 1980's. A historical account of the origins and development of the communities involved is outlined, which is followed by a description of the current state of the region. Comparisons are made with successful by-passes in parts of Southern Ontario, which will highlight successes and failures. This paper also relies on accounts from the local business community, municipal engineering department and officials. The analysis will present particular findings that will allow the Province of Ontario, and the County of Haldimand, to make a decision on whether a by-pass around the town of Hagersville is in the best interest of the region and its future. It has to be kept in mind that a possible by-pass around Hagersville would not only serve that community directly, but may have a larger impact on the region of Haldimand and Norfolk as a whole. The possibility to create better access into rural areas may be beneficial from an economic point of view due to the opportunities that may arise as a result.
Date: 2014
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