“When I heard it was one of the last green spaces left on Lake Erie, I thought ‘what?’ We need to conserve it,” added Moyes. This is his second year in the Eco class. “My big picture was they plant a bunch of trees, some trails … no development, no buildings. The big problem with putting develop- ment there is that there would be more private property and no place for people to go there.” Mayor Martyn is pleased with the evolution of the Dillon Report and believes the proposed secondary plan reflects the wishes of Port Stanley residents. “I got a whole raft of letters from the Eco class over their concerns about the Berm,” she said. “It’s an important thing to them and they care about what happens down there. Port Stanley is growing rapidly, and it needs more green space.” At the public meeting, PSVA president Dan Ross expressed members’ support for more greenspace on the Berm. “It’s a watershed moment for Port Stanley. We’re setting the table for what the harbour will look like in 10, 15, 20 years. The key to doing that is … to respect the culture of Port Stanley. Port Stanley holds the future of the harbour in its hands.” The Port Stanley Harbour Secondary Plan, and Central Eglin’s Official Plan must still be approved by Central Elgin and Elgin County Councils. And if both those governing bodies sign off, there are still some Provincial and Federal constraints on harbour lands development. Carter Moyes Jayna Basson
the classroom. We look at these projects as an opportunity to prepare for high school. Then Carter one-upped us all and went to the public meeting with his grandmother.” Central Elgin’s Official Plan sets out policies guiding land use planning in the municipality. Secondary plans are part of the Official Plan and provide more detailed land use plans and policies to guide investment and development in specific areas. The Official Plan currently recognizes that the “harbour and adjacent harbour lands are underutilized, contaminated, and require long-term remediation and regeneration,” but also offer an opportunity for “private sector investment and re-purposing.” The Dillon Report envisions a secondary plan that allows for a maximum of four-storey apartment buildings, with ground-floor retail-commercial space, with only two exceptions. At the base of the hill, west of Little Beach, a five-to-six storey building will be permitted. A five-to-six storey hotel on the west pier, near the D.O.C. building, will also be allowed.
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