If you are concerned with rapid growth in the villages of Erin and Hillsburgh where it is proposed to increase the population by more than 140% in less than 10 years & the building of a centralized sewage treatment facilities costing $65 million. It would also result in a probable $32,000 to $45,000  cost to each household, significantly increased property taxes and water bills. as well as impact town character, available resources and quality of life due to massive growth, please sign our petition now!       PETITION LINK BELOW

Comments that have been made are following:

40 thoughts on “SIGN THE PETITION

    carol.mifsud said:
    April 24, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Leave our village and our water alone!

    Donna Hoffman said:
    April 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Resident’s of Erin should not be burdened by the close proximity of a Sewage Treatment Plant. The resulting odours and dangers to the Credit river that an ‘in-town’ STP will bring, will be devastating to our town. Imagine the hot summer winds blowing sewage odours into your backyard……not my idea of an idilic country lifestyle. Let’s search for a better answer, and grow at a realistic pace. Don’t let developers run our town!!!!

    Linda B. said:
    April 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    No, put a stop to over developement and distruction in the town of Erin and surrounding villages. Do not put the Credit river valley and it’s eco system at undue risk from pollution and over developement. I say NO to sewage plant!

    Hog Hag said:
    April 24, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    We just moved here from Toronto specifically for the quaint and quiet area and hoped to be protected from huge development. We are very concerned about the plans to dig up the roads and deal with the construction mess that will occur over many years. We just left that grid-lock mess behind us!!
    also, the planned sewage treatment plant would be within 1/2 a kilometre of our home. We feel duped and are very unhappy with this movement forward.

    M. Dinwoody said:
    April 24, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I have concerns about sewage in the river..medical waste etc.

    Tonia said:
    April 24, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    This project would likely bankrupt our Town. Majority of residents cannot absorb a $35,000-$45,000 payment/increase. This would result in people not shopping in our local stores or utilizing local contractors for projects they will no longer be able afford. The effect this would have on our town and people would be catastrophic! Not to mention overcrowded schools, fewer resources, decreased property values, increased taxes and serious infrastructure issues.

    Mrs. Wendy Kathryn KULHAY said:
    April 24, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I believe in signing this peti’tion, along with the many members of our family and extended family members and friends, that GOD’S GIFT “of Erin as a LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN ” could be DESTROYED!

    Marc Nadeau said:
    April 24, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    This project is insane. Let me count the ways. 1) the impact on the ecosystem of the region. 2) the traffic and overcrowding of our small village 3) the costs to the town 4) the costs to the residents 5) the havoc created by the constuction of these projects. 6) the smell ( and it will smell). 7) the drop in property values. How can the town mayor and council even consider such a endeavor. When is the next municipal elections !

    Sara Somers said:
    April 24, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    This will truly be one huge mistake. Plain and simple.

    Jayne said:
    April 24, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Leave our town alone!
    We moved here to get away fron subdivisions.
    Don’t let a developer destroy our town for their financial gain.

    Steve said:
    April 24, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Is it the goal of town council to drive people away from this community? High taxes, high water rates, a huge new sub-division and a sewage treatment plant as my new neighbour. This is not why we moved here 14 years ago. Living in this community will soon be comparable to serving a jail sentence unless sanity prevails.

    Jackie Clark said:
    April 24, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    There has not been adequate communication to the residents of this village about this proposed project. I am not aware of what has been done to ensure our school, healthcare, road, and other social services are not overloaded. I also question why we are doing this. Obviously it’s going to be a huge financial burden on the residents and could destroy the very fabric of our village. What are the benefits and who is really getting them? Many many small villages will tell you that this kind of explosive growth can be a nightmare. I will be at that meeting and want some answers. Good ones. I expect my elected officials to be prepared.

    Christine said:
    April 24, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    For many of the reasons already mentioned above I too am opposed to this project.

    Jim Devonshire said:
    April 24, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I am totally opposed to any expansion of our village!

    Stephanie Gairdner said:
    April 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I have been very concerned about the super sizing of Erin. Like my neighbors, grind and customers I moved here to live a simple rural life. We can not get garbage cans or a crosswalk in the village but we are expected to absorb all this. Some nights I wait over 5 minutes to pull out of my parking spot and get onto Main Street and I am only merging into the first lane. The Super Sizing of Erin is ludicrous.

    Ellen Laidlaw said:
    April 25, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    The economic, environmental and lifestyle repercussions of this project are NOT worth it to us!

    Nancy Doukas said:
    April 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    The impact of this project is overwhelming…and not in a good way. I’d like to see what this Solmar is offering other than to make a profit for itself. We the existing citizens of Erin do not want our lifestyles to change….that’s why we live here and pay taxes that are already outrageously high! Shelve this project before you destroy Erin.

    Shari Martin said:
    April 26, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Controlled and slow growth should be the goal. Not doubling the town size in 10 years if that is the case. We moved here 6 months ago for a small quiet life with no construction or traffic like in the city we came from. Please don’t take that away from my family.

    Krista said:
    April 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Does the CEC meet? I am interested in meeting and discussing potential strategies such as appeals and our other options (though they seem to be few). I am a educated in politics and am an excellant legal researcher and I feel as though we need to step up our game! Can anymore provide me with any information on meetings?

      mattsammut2013 said:
      April 26, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      We do meet. I will make sure you are invited to our next session. We always are looking for fresh ideas. Thanks for your initiative…

    John Martin said:
    April 26, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    My wife, son and I just moved to Erin at the end of August to get away from the crazy city. Why would anyone want to change this town??? Fresh air, three stop lights, kids run free and just an all around great place to live and bring up a family. Don’t change a thing!

    Mark Harris said:
    April 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    We moved our young family to this beautiful little town for precisely the same attributes that this irresponsible growth plan threatens. We mustn’t allow Erin to become just another victim of urban sprawl to the detriment of all its citizens. It is pretty clear to me that the proposal is one sided – The town loses its identity and quaint character, the citizens lose out on property values, lifestyle benefits and are financially burdened with the costs while sewage system construction companies and property developers reap the profits and move on to the next community. See you all May 6th.

    Jill Rogers said:
    April 27, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    If the town wants the developers to come into this town, the developers should pick up the cost of all the sewers systems and other infrastructure so WE ALL benefit from it….then this would truly be giving back to the community…..

    our town works quite well as it is…..the developers want to come in and have us all pay for a system that we don’t need, our taxes have increase 15%, whose pay has increased that much? Not even in several years has my income increased to 15%.

    Where is the $32,000.00 – $40,000.00 per home owner suppose to come from? This should be the developers cost of doing business in this town, and lets see who wants to build in Erin when they are told that this is the price of doing business that our existing home owners want……would town have the gumption to ask for this request?

    Your to serve us as a community, so start by this request, on behalf of all the citizens of Erin, let the developers pick up the costs… they are the ones who want the change….and the newer homes will pay for it, not the ones who already pay higher taxes now.

    ronia michael said:
    April 28, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I agree Jill. We shouldn’t have to pay for these developers to profit. It makes me ill to think about it and how much more expensive it will become to live here if this goes through. Thanks for posting.

    Wendy Davidson said:
    April 29, 2013 at 12:04 am

    What is being proposed is just what drove us out of Milton – out of control growth without the proper infrastructure to support such growth, horrible traffic, noise pollution, overcrowded schools, not a place we wanted to raise our children. What a mistake to invite the developers here to begin the same destruction of our wonderful town.

    Andrea and Jeff said:
    April 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    We have lived in Erin for 16 years and we have yet to see a year without a property tax increase ! Can’t anyone balance a budget ! Enough already – we came from Mississauga (Where they are able to keep taxes reasonable) and when they have a proposal for a new development it includes all of the necessary infrastructure to be absorbed by the builder or they don’t get a permit. Being on a septic – why in the world would the residents want to pay for someone else’s sewage – if the builder can’t absorb the cost and add it into the subdivision the town shouldn’t be responsible ! This creates a financial hardship for long time Erin residents for WHAT ?! The tax base will increase and the new residents can be responsible for the expenses incurred by their new residence. Maybe the town should take some advise from Mayor Hazel MacCallion on how to expand a city – The Town of Erin obviously has no clue without severely impacting it’s loyal residents. What is the benefit to the current residents – overstuffed schools / busier streets – we already are bursting at the seams during commuting hours! What is the builder promising the Town ? Some payoff somewhere ?? And definitely not to the Residence – our pockets keep getting lighter !!!!

    Stephanie said:
    April 29, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    I agree! Can someone explain how the seniors citizens of this town who live on fixed incomes will be able to pay this $32,000+++?? To the elected officials of Erin, I say shame on you!!

    Sally said:
    May 1, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Don’t change our beautiful town!!!!!

    Henry Rego said:
    May 1, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Our taxes, related to the services we pay for, are higher than surrounding communities. It appears that the decision makers for the SSMP will still continue to be on septic sysytems as most of them reside ouside the (new/SSMP) urban area while they make a decision that afffects the majoritiy. Further, it appears that the SSMP is evolving to become a legacy for existing politicans, but paid for on Erin residents’/taxpayers dime

    john glac said:
    May 2, 2013 at 9:32 am

    We need an inquiry into this much further. Some change may be required but lets be very careful as too how much and how it is carried out.

    Jeff MacDonald said:
    May 3, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Preserve the small town atmosphere of Erin. We moved here to avoid high density housing and shops.

    Harry potter said:
    May 4, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Outrageous! Tell EVERYONE you know about this. I love our little, but excitig town and have lived here my whole life. If I were a real wizard, I’d fix this up no problem. But I’m not, so it’s up to us all.

    Concerned said:
    May 5, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    It’s time for the residents of our town to stand up and say no to this plan for urban sprawl!

    Concerned said:
    May 6, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Is there any way we can stop this subdivision and the plans for the sewage plant?

    What about the residents of Belfountain, shouldn’t they have a say in this? Hundreds more cars, hundreds of construction trucks, potential damage to the Credit River!

    Does CEC plan to organize meetings? Can we organize public demonstrations against these crazy expansion plans?

    Do we want a sewage treatment plant to be the first thing tourists see coming from Belfountain? Should we be changing our town motto to “Experience the Sprawl” Is Brampton our new sister city?

    Concerned Newbie said:
    May 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    We just moved in to this lovely country place and we do not want the undesirables of city living to follow us here! Everyday, we endure the travel to the city to work and look forward to coming home to enjoy the peace and quiet and beauty of our new home. The very thought of the proposal brings so much disappointment.

    Possible Future Resident NOT! said:
    October 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    We are considering moving from Georgetown to Erin as Georgetown planned growth was over top for the next 10 years. But now that I am searching for information on Erin before purchasing, this does not look any different. Georgetown, big pipe, Erin, Sewer System and a subdivision that looks to have a house on top of a house. Not for me….Backing away from Erin if that is how they plan to grow.

    Russ B. said:
    January 4, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Unless the Provincial Goverment put’s it’s money where it’s mouth is, it will be a very long time before you see sprawl like a Georgetown or a Milton here. I think you may see some small additions to Erin but nothing to worry about. This area is unique in a way that it fringes on the edge’s of the other municipalities. We are not close to any main water or sewage stucture’s that can be shared. This add’s a huge additional cost that is not appealing to greed monger’s including the goverment that could see more tax dollar’s as a return on their investment closer to a larger population with access to big box store’s on their move in date. All goverment is the same they will put their money where they can get the most return and you have to ask yourself is that place Erin. Don’t think so. I am not worried.

      mattsammut2013 said:
      March 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      You are very logical in your arguement and it is difficult to refute it… concern is that government is not logical. Erin is clearly in ‘the places to grow’ Ontario legislation and given the sprawl in the Toronto and surrounding cities, there is a need for other areas to take some of the growth. Purely from a locational perspective, Erin is a great candidate. Yes the costs will be extreme and a big part of our fight is to say the people cannot afford it….we are already overtaxed. One of the major problems is the County needs to grow and Erin is stagnant. Again, on a home to home basis, we provide the most tax revenues given the significantly higher value of our homes. If they can get Erin to further expand, their tax base goes up as about 57% of our taxes goes to County. They need Erin to grow….time will tell but we cannot sit and hope that logic prevails. We should know by now that logic does not always prevail with government decisions. Thanks for your input….

    Janice G said:
    February 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    You definately have our support. I am not liking what is happening in this town. We have been here 14-1/2 years, don’t want to move, but may be forced to.

    Karen Pollock said:
    August 15, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    As a new resident of the area, I would like to not have anything affect the water quality. You have my support.

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