Har­bour Grace to amend town plan

Marine industrial com­plex, com­mer­cial area sub­ject of two public meet­ings

The Compass - - OPINION - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

The Town of Har­bour Grace coun­cil is look­ing to move ahead with pro­posed changes to its town plan, and the public is be­ing asked for its in­put.

In an ad that rently ran in The Compass, the town an­nounced an open house would be held Tues­day, Feb. 10 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The town plan­ner, Avro MacMil­lan, will be avail­able dur­ing that time to dis­cuss the pro­posed changes the mu­nic­i­pal plan and devel­op­ment reg­u­la­tions.

There will also be the op­por­tu­nity to make pre­sen­ta­tions, ask ques­tions and have an open dia­logue with coun­cil­lors dur­ing a meet­ing that night at 7 p.m. Writ­ten sub­mis­sions will be taken up to the start of the meet­ing.

In a copy of the de­tails sent to The Compass by chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Lisa Pike, the town out­lines its in­ten­tions for fu­ture devel­op­ment, which in­clude some pretty unique ideas.

“The Town of Har­bour Grace has de­cided to pro­ceed with amend­ments to the Mu­nic­pal Plan and Devel­op­ment Reg­u­la­tions that would make it eas­ier … to ex­pand its eco­nomic base by at­tract­ing more tourism, com­mer­cial, industrial and marine re­lated industrial ac­tiv­ity and, at the same time, en­sure that its his­toric core and down­town are sus-

tained and de­vel­oped.”

Ex­pan­sion

In­cluded in the pro­posal is a marine industrial com­plex. De­tails on the ac­tual project are scarce, but one thing stands out on the map the town pro­vided to The Compass — the project looks like it will be built on top of the har­bour.

Build­ing on wa­ter is not a new idea. In Mon­treal, Ile Notre Dame was cre­ated dur­ing the dig­ging of a sub­way in 1965.

The Pearl-Qatar in the Persian Gulf is a man­made is­land where peo­ple live and work.

Har­bour Grace is propos­ing the ap­proval for an ad­di­tion off of Beach Hill Road as an ex­pan­sion to the “marine ser­vice cen­tre” Har­bour Grace Ocean En­ter­prises.

HGOE is a blos­som­ing com­pany and this could be the first big step to ex­pan­sion.

Town of­fi­cials would not con­firm de­tails on the project, or whether the com­plex will be built on the har­bour.

An­other pro­posed change in­cludes ex­tend­ing the com­mer­cial area off Jamie’s Way to Ban­ner­man Lake Road for fu­ture busi­ness ex­pan­sion.

A ful l copy of the pro­posed changes is avail­able by email­ing the CAO Lisa Pik e at lisa.pike@hrgrace.ca or call­ing 5963631.

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