Today the Consultant for the Waterfront Study gave a progress report and asked for additional feedback. There was a large amount of information provided at the meeting – too much to be reported here. Instead, the focus here will be on highlights and controversial issues. There were three presentations and it’s quite possible that the different residents at the different sessions focused on different issues – I was present at only the first session. The hot button was the Marina – especially the recommendation for a travel lift and the extra boat slips on the west side of the central pier. But the consultants emphasized that what was displayed was a draft and that feedback was still being solicited. The presentation mostly talked about how the results were obtained while the display consisted of a number of panels showing the 80 different possible projects.
The projects were prioritized based on the following matrix:
|Results from dot exercise||15%||Safety and security||7%|
|Beautification, arts and culture||5%||Improving access||10%|
|Tourism Management||7%||Anticipated level of use||4%|
|Health, wellness and Fitness||5%||Multi-season benefit||5%|
|Naturalization of Environment||7%||Business operations and customer service||10%|
|Estimated costs||10%||Revenue generation||10%|
|Ease of implementation||5%|
After assigning values to each of these, math was used to generate a priority list which ranked the projects.
Download the results (priorities) for the first 53 (of 80) projects.
Then each project is looked at and will eventually be one of 29 projects recommended in the final report expected in a few weeks.
Some of the panels are available below in pdf format – these were from photos. If you need any more detail, sorry, you either had to be at the meeting or you’ll have to wait for the final report. The consultants declined to put their preliminary results on line.
So what did people say and what are the highlights of the preliminary report?
Below are my choices as being of interest – not necessarily with high ranking priorities. Ranks are shown if they are in first 53.
Develop West Headland and West Beach
- Improve pathways, keep it natural, add viewpoints – Ranked #1 – everyone liked this idea.
- Provide for boat slips on west side of centre pier – Ranked #34. Many were irate at this suggestion since Council had voted against the idea. The consultant said that a future council may have different ideas. There was also the implication that even with boat slips in this location, that there was still plenty of room for other users.
- Formalize parking near Marina as overflow parking.
- Add Travel Lift – Ranked #2. There was considerable resistance to this idea. Why should taxpayers pay for boater amenities? An assurance that the cost would be paid by the Marina (which pays for itself) did not seem to help. One commenter said he did not believe that the Marina was in fact self-supporting. Marina manager Paul Gauthier assured me that the Marina was profitable as was the Campground. They have separate budgets so do not cross subsidize each other. But there is an urgency to getting a Travel Lift. Effective Spring of 2018, the current method of putting boats in the water by a crane operated by a third party will not be viable due to safety and insurance reasons. Even though only 50 of the 200 boats in the Marina use this service, it is thought that the Marina would not be viable if this service is not offered. A Travel Lift is the best solution (more from November 2015 here). Not everyone in the audience agreed that Cobourg needs a successful marina.
- Consolidate Marina and Yacht Club buildings into one Community building – Ranked #3 – no-one commented on this expensive idea (estimated at $5.4M). It’s not clear what advantages this would have.
- Use former Public Works Yard at 390 King for additional Boat storage. It’s not said if this replaces existing storage.
- Make Structural Repairs – Ranked #4
- Add pedestrian Walkway and seating/lookouts – Ranked #7 and #9
- Food Concession/restaurant on East Pier – Ranked #20
- Re-align Walkway along south end to provide a visual and physical buffer – 20 metres wide. – Ranked #12. This is not really clear on the current sketches. Go here for a better description. The idea is to put a buffer of trees between the trailers and the path. This would extend out onto the beach area to get the required width. No trailer spots would be lost.
- Upgrade washroom and laundry – Ranked #51
- Increase rates and reduce maximum length of stay – Ranked #11 No further details provided on how much increase or how much reduction.
- Parking Structure Downtown ($7.6M) – Ranked #10
- Parking Permits for Residents – Ranked #8
- Enhance ByLaw enforcement – Ranked #6
- Add Outdoor fitness equipment
- Additional washrooms
- Potential for licensed Patio space
The high ranking projects as well as some of the others will appear in the final report in a few weeks. It is expected there will be 29 projects with the implementation plan covering 25 years. The consultant wants all input/feedback to be sent before November 1st.
There could be another public meeting if necessary but none is currently planned.