STRATFORD — The Town of Stratford’s population will increase by more than 90 per cent over the next 20 years to more than 16,600 persons, says the final report presented this week from Stantec Consulting.
The report presented to council deals with the town’s forecast housing needs for the next 20 years.
Other predictions that Stantec has made for the next 20 years include the number of housing units will more than double to almost 6,800 units; the demand will increasingly be for row houses, town houses and apartments; and the number of seniors will grow by over 180 per cent.
The report will allow the town to plan for the anticipated doubling of its’ housing stock in the next twenty years and to better respond to market demands, says Mayor David Dunphy.
It is one of the key research pieces for the upcoming review of the town’s official plan, said Dunphy.
“In our efforts to build the best community possible, we must first have a good snapshot of future housing demand and trends,” said Dunphy.
“We can now develop a good plan with our residents to meet the demand and we can look at ways to ensure that seniors and young families can afford to live in Stratford.”
The report found that the Town of Stratford’s population has grown almost 46 per cent from the 1996 to 2011 census, second only to Dieppe, N.B. in Atlantic Canada, and that younger families are now making up an increasing portion of the population.
“We invite residents to read the report, which can be found on our website, so that they can help us to think about what we want our community to look like in 20 years’ time,” said Dunphy.
Residents will be asked to participate in the review of the town’s official plan in the coming months and the report provides a good foundation for discussion about housing types.
For further information, contact Vahid Ghomashchi, director of planning, at 569-4257.