Cornwall Ontario – Holy Chem Tanks! One of the most incompetent councils I’ve witnessed since living in this town is not only seeming desperate as elections start to come closer, but pulling a page out of the Kilger play book and hustling a waterfront scandal on this community.
You’d think that the hinky harbor deal would include all crown lands in the pocket around Cornwall, but they don’t.
Left out of the hustle was a highly strategic and valuable strip of land surrounding our underused marina.
The process normally is that if the Crown wishes to dispose of land it is first optioned to the Province or municipality.
Former Councilor Glen Grant had a melt down at the Pac meeting for rezoning stating that the meeting was out of order among some other nuggets including a bit of shouting with Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy.
But lo and behold the City Planning Committee held a public meeting in council chambers Thursday night to initiate rezoning of the lands with full presentation by a Hawkesbury contractor who makes really ugly Soviet era style housing projects. Even the suggested asking price of the 108 condos they want to make is a paltry $250,000 each.
Frankly we have one shot at the development of our waterfront. The City needs to gain control of this land and then they city needs to open the gates and allow contractors to put in their bids with the city choosing the one that adds the most value for taxpayers and the community. And there is more to value than simply the largest bag of gold.
Mike Gervais from CH Clement Construction tried to dangle a paltry $375K in added property taxes, but this city should have its Delivery Charge fees in place, as well as a process that would max out any return for any such project IF the public of Cornwall even wants a waterfront development. We don’t need to be Pelda’d again.
CH Clement did not return several phone calls to its offices from CFN.
Isn’t it time to stop selling Cornwall on the cheap or even worse, subsidizing projects like the City did for Smart Centres (WAL MART)?
And the public should be notified properly of a public consultation, advertised widely, where people actually read things, and conducted openly and fairly so the public can have it’s say as we taxpayers are the ones at the end of the day that pay for council’s messes.
Any project of this size and nature, even on only 2.9 acres should deliver at least $1M per year in property tax for any conversation to even take place. It also should have a commercial element to it in this writer’s opinion especially as it would impact the Legion Ball Park (who would need to be compensated for their trouble) and other facets.
Anything less simply should not be considered.
Contrary to what’s been said, if you’re going to PAC to rezone it’s not exploratory. The public of course would not be privy to whatever shenanigans are going on behind closed doors as they weren’t over the Chem Tank follies.
And as we’ve seen, you can’t go back. All the protesting over the chem tanks resulted in no action . To date the public still doesn’t know the details of the lease or deal in place.
What do you think dear CFN viewers? Do you wish to keep condos off of our waterfront or simply want to see the best that can possibly be if there is to be development rather than the ugly drawings submitted for these low rent condos as proposed by CH Clement?
You can post your comments below.
Here is the proposed by zoning change:
Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment (Rezoning)
1. A City initiated application is being made by City staff for a Zoning By-law Amendment (Housekeeping No. 26) to make a technical modification to the City of Cornwall’s Comprehensive Zoning By-law No. 751-1969, as amended. The modification is intended to assist both staff and the public in clarifying certain regulations and is commonly referred to as “Housekeeping Change(s)”. The proposed change includes, but is not limited to the following item:
- Consideration of options to potentially introduce criteria in the Parking provision to regulate the parking of enclosed Contractor/Haulage type trailers in Residential Areas.
For more information on this item please contact Karl Doyle, Zoning and Site Plan Coordinator, at 613-930-2787 (ext. 2365) and refer to File # Z-02-17, when making enquiries.
2. An application for a Site Specific amendment to the City of Cornwall Zoning Bylaw for an exception to the Service Industrial (MS) zone to introduce additional uses including fabrication. The site is located on the former American Standard facility and is municipally described as 235 Saunders Drive, and legally described as Part Lot 19, Concession 1 being Part 5 and 6 on Plan 52R-7946.
For more information on this item please contact Karl Doyle, Zoning and Site Plan Coordinator, at 613-930-2787 (ext. 2365) and refer to File # Z-03-17, when making enquiries.
Additional information regarding the proposed subject amendments is available to the public for inspection at the office of the Planning Division, 100 Water Street East, 2nd Floor, Cornwall Civic Complex, during regular office hours.
If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at the public meeting or make written submissions to the PAC in respect of the proposed subject amendments before the approval authority gives or refuses to give approval to the proposed subject amendments, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the City of Cornwall’s PAC to the Ontario Municipal Board.
If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at the public meeting or make written submissions to the PAC in respect of the proposed subject amendments before the approval authority gives or refuses to give approval to the proposed subject amendments, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board, unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so.