An­other name change, same ob­jec­tions

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I am very grate­ful for the in­cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion The Re­view has pro­vided its read­ers over the past year. With­out in­sight­ful knowl­edge we would be un­in­formed of the var­i­ous de­ci­sion of our lo­cal govern­ment.

How­ever, with each day I have be­come in­creas­ingly con­fused about the con­stant name changes to the Thun­der­ing Wa­ters de­vel­op­ment, which was re­named as River­front Com­mu­nity, and now ap­pears to have changed names again to “Par­adise Walk De­vel­op­ment” (found on Face­book for those who would like to see the new­est video).

I ques­tion how this de­vel­op­ment has passed so many lev­els of lo­cal govern­ment when there have been valid road­blocks at ev­ery turn. This project keeps gain­ing mo­men­tum and yet is met by so much le­git­i­mate push back. We have been in­formed with re­spon­si­ble global ar­ti­cles about how we are los­ing nat­u­ral habi­tat and an­i­mal species in the world and yet ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing our city coun­cil­lors and Ni­a­gara Penin­sula Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity, quickly gave ap­proval to this huge project.

Af­ter view­ing the plans all I can see is a mas­sive amount of dis­rup­tion to the nat­u­ral land re­placed by even larger amounts of con­crete. It doesn’t mat­ter how lovely the artist’s ren­di­tion of the de­vel­op­ment may ap­pear, it is an enor­mous de­struc­tion of trees, nat­u­ral habi­tat, and sen­si­tive wet­lands. I re­ally hope the Lo­cal Plan­ning Ap­peal Tri­bunal re­ally takes a good hard look at what we are los­ing.

An­nie E Thomp­son

Ni­a­gara Falls

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