Last Wednesday, the Town of Cobourg held a Public meeting to provide an update on the Tannery Project and once again get public input (See links below for earlier reports). About 50 people showed up – including Councillors Aaron Burchat and Debra McCarthy, some members of the Planning and Sustainability Advisory Committee and several members of the consultant’s team. Director of Planning Glenn McGlashon made it clear that the intent is not that the Town will get into the development business but that it is setting policy and guidance. The final report will recommend details of zoning and a Secondary Plan. This will guide what happens in the area over the next 20 to 50 years. As well as the vacant Tannery land, the district includes land currently occupied by industrial buildings (such as the GM dealership) and the two legacy arenas.
Citizens were asked to give feedback on 5 options (see below) – all of them demonstrated sustainability and an “implementable vision”. And not just Environmental sustainability but also Social, Economic and Cultural. Some of the audience were neighbours and were concerned about traffic. They were assured that despite the plan including relatively high density housing, traffic would be studied and solutions found to any concerns before any approvals would be given for construction.
Key Features of the 5 Options
All options include:
- Tree-lined ‘Main Street’
- 16.6 metre right-of-way for key streets
- 10 metre woonerf for all other streets (these are roads in which devices for reducing or slowing the flow of traffic have been installed)
- 30 metre buffer from the rail corridor
- Protect and maintain George Street Heritage Conservation District
- Linear park along the rail corridor (within the 30 metre buffer)
Here are the options offered – click any image to enlarge and access a slide show.
The Consultants (Fotenn Planning & Design and Urban Equation) are being paid $100,000 for their work but half comes from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities who have granted Cobourg $50,000 from their Green Municipal Fund.
The schedule shows that a draft Master Plan/Secondary plan will be available May-June 2018 and there will be a further public meeting late in the year before presentation to Council for approval.
In addition to comments made by those at the meeting, residents are welcome to make additional comments before April 11, 2018. (Go to Town page on the Tannery District).
Earlier Reports on Cobourg Internet
- Tannery District – Gathering Information – 23 June 2017
- A Vision for Tannery District – 2 May 2017
- Tannery RFP – 31 Dec 2016
- Tannery Property Next Step – 21 March 2015
- Tannery Proposal – 31 January 2015
- No Developer Interest in Tannery Land – 21 August 2014
- Tannery Property to be taken over by Town – Finally – 14 June 2014