Harbour Grace resident looks for answers
Please allow me space in you paper regarding the Proposed Marine Industrial Expansion proposal for the Town of Harbour Grace.
There is a proposal for a Marine Industrial Expansion Wharf that will encroach upon the shoreline and ocean front of the Designated Heritage District of Harbour Grace and cover ocean shoreline to some 21 acres.
The project site selection is supported by the current Town Council of Harbour Grace, however is opposed by the residents and business of the Heritage District.
The project, if approved for this location rather than already zoned industrial sites, will undoubtedly devalue properties and business along the Water St. of the Heritage District.
The socio-economic and general well being of residents will be negatively impacted and as well the enjoyment and site lines of ocean space will be lost to town residents and visitors alike.
Just take a stroll along the Harvey’s Offshore Marine Base in St. John’s and you will soon appreciate our concerns.
As residents, we do in fact support the venture, however we do not support the site selection as we deem it to be the ‘’path of least resistance’’ for the town council and proponents of the project.
Certainly there must be other factors at play here that would allow the current Town Councillors to even entertain destroying the inherent tangible value the Designated Her- itage District has to offer.
In fact it was the Town Council of Harbour Grace and The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador who in 1992 drafted and adopted By-Laws to establish a Heritage District.
Why then are the current councillors hell bent upon making zonal changes to the the Heritage District shoreline and oceanfront that will ultimately destroy the intrinsic value of what many have worked towards.
Surely there can be no rational argument favourable to this location choice.
If this project cannot be developed at the current dock facilities then why not?
We would like to know. If the project cannot utilize the already zoned industrial site at ships head behind the former Terra Boot factory then why not? Is it private lands not for sale?
Are there conflicts that would make it more difficult to make these obvious choices work.
Is there conflict with DFO, Port Authority, Commercial fishery or Eimskip? Could someone tell us please.
Don’t just throw your current residents, business and tax investors under the bus here.
It has been said before that there appears to be a level of arrogance and assumption on behalf of the current council that “six or seven residents’’ of the Heritage District are not enough to stop this project from proceeding at the proposed site.
A rather disconcerting ob- servation from councillors and quite obvious considering the total lack of consultation with affected residents of the Heritage District.
A similar approach as has been taken with residents of Bristol’s Hope.
The jobs will be there no matter where the site is and this is not a case of NIMBY or in this case NIMFY( front yard).
Would you want a Harvey’s Wharf offshore marine base on Alberta Drive or along the shoreline of the South Side. We think not.
Simply construct the proposed Marine Industrial Wharf in an already zoned industrial site such as where it is now.
It can be done.