The Town of Fort Erie initiated the Fort Erie Waterfront Strategy to identify opportunities to improve/augment parks, town-owned land, destinations and attractions along the Lake Erie and Niagara River shoreline. The Waterfront Strategy will provide a long-term vision and contain an action plan with short, medium and long-term objectives. As well as an overall strategy for all waterfront lands, more detailed conceptual plans for two sites along the waterfront will illustrate opportunities for change. The Fort Erie Waterfront Strategy is being prepared through an open and collaborative process involving all those interested in participating. The consultant team has implemented a community consultation program to better understand the context and constraints for the Fort Erie Waterfront and the opportunities for moving forward.
One-on-one interviews with members of the community took place on January 11th and the first community workshop took place on February 9th at the Fort Erie Leisureplex. The input received up to March 2 is summarized in the first What We Heard Report.
Community Workshop #2 took place on May 24, 2016, at the Fort Erie Leisureplex. It included three working sessions, a public workshop presentation with follow up table group discussions, as well as a vote of which waterfront sites should be selected for mini-master plans. E-mailed input has also been received.
This document summarizes “What We Heard” after Community Workshop #1 up to and including Community Workshop #2.
No doubt that discussions will include why there is no parking allowed along Pt. Abino Road in the bay area despite there being more that adequate room along the west side. It will also likely deal with the myth by some councillors that this road was supposed to go behind the expensive homes LOL. Or how the town has managed to just about make it impossible to park on the east side to satisfy the locals despite it being public property. Or the derelict condition the town has left the appropriately named Poverty Bay, public boat ramp in dangerous disrepair for so many years. Maybe it will also determine why the town would double the parking fees for the publically owned CB boat ramp! Taxes are to pay for the cost of delivering services to the public. They are not to be levied in a continued effort to supply superior lifestyles to an ever increasing number of public servants. Taxes or user fees; not both.
Thanks for your comments, John. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to share your concerns with Dave Heyworth, Planning Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-871-1600, ext 2504