However a group of developers and politicians are hungering over it. Heck there are even taxpayers in Cornwall who feel that it should be developed.
There of course those who don’t feel this patch of Green should be attacked.
The Waterfront is brewing to be a major storm of contention in Cornwall Ontario.
The current drama emanates from the City turfing many of the members of the Waterfront Development Committee at the last election and replacing them with developers and noted stooge types.
None of the current councilors or Mayor Kilger ran on a platform of Waterfront development. Barely a word was spoken during the election including Councilor Thibault who seems to be spear heading some of the intiatives.
In the video above Mr. Menard talks about what’s presented to the public, but what about interested public groups having their say too?
The issue many are having is the process. This is an open discussion. This essentially is a group looking for public sanction.
The above video includes Greg Kielec of The Journal asking the money question:
Is this committee too pro development?
Mr. Menard answers clearly.
Council chooses the Waterfront Committee.
That begs the follow up question which is why council turfed those who were against development in favor of developers?
Cornwall has one shot at developing its waterfront, if the taxpayers of Cornwall choose to do so. Should a quickie public consult open those doors?
Currently we have a shopping centre with its back end facing the waterfront that literally divides traffic from Pitt Street to the Waterfront to the point that the DBIA and many businesses do not benefit from events like Kinsmen Cornwall Lift Off, Waterfest, etc.
The poor planning that allowed the design of Cornwall Square is something that the community has paid for for decades.
Can the City of Cornwall afford such a poorly designed project in Lamoureux Park or anywhere along our downtown Green Belt?
CFN has sent an open letter to the City and Council which we’ll be publishing once they have a day to digest it and respond if they choose.
Essentially we are asking that the City immediately announce a moratorium on Waterfront development of public lands in Cornwall until there is a ballot question in the next municipal elections. The only people who should have a say in development are the ones that gain and lose from those decisions.
Can we afford another Lecky Dome where a business owner campaigns for a large project only to build a near million dollar property outside the city limits so that his family won’t have to pay taxes towards that project? And that his kids don’t pay a tariff for using it as non-residents after his co-campaigner supported not charging out of town residents a surcharge at the facility?
Methinks not. You can post your comment below.