Lumpy is focusing on housing as a way of promoting economic development.

Lumpy is focusing on housing as a way of promoting economic development.

Housing on Lumby’s agenda

Lumby council met with a consultant to discuss how empty lots could evolve into a variety of uses

Vacant land could bolster Lumby’s future.

Council met with a consultant Monday to discuss how empty lots — public and private — could evolve into a variety of uses and particlarly housing.

“Do we keep them, do we sell them? How do we benefit Lumby?” said Coun. Julie Pilon.

“How do we get business partners to come in?”

Some of the land is currently designated agricultural or industrial but is sitting fallow.

“The first start is to identify public and private properties and remove any barrieres for development,” said Mayr Kevin Acton.

One of the possible initiatives is to improve communications with investors so they know of any potential conflicts with specific sites.

“We are streamlining bylaws and removing some of the steps for development permits,” said Acton.

As part of improving the economy, Lumby has identified the need for expanded housing options, which will bring residents in and support businesses and services like schools.

“We want houses people can afford to buy and have pride in,” said Acton.

With the process just beginning, Pilon insists the community will play a major role.

“What ever we do, there will be public input,” she said.

“It benefits all of us if we look at these properties and use them.”