Tonight’s Committee of the Whole Council meeting was the first chance Council had to respond to comments made by the public on the proposed Strategic Plan. There was a public meeting on April 7 where a large number of written and verbal comments were made (see link below for report) and tonight the council showed that they listened. Several Councillors moved amendments and all were passed. Brian Darling was the first; he pointed to the Strategic Action that said: ”Review the expansion of boat slips into the west harbour recommendation contained in the waterfront master plan” and wanted it removed. That motion passed. A short while later, Emily Chorley moved that instead of being simply deleted, the action should be replaced with “No expansion into West Harbour in this term of Council”.
But there was more: Nicole Beatty had a collection of motions too numerous to list. (In reality, my note taking could not keep up! See the link to the You-Tube recording of the meeting for details.) In essence, she modified the language in the plan to emphasize healthy lifestyles, climate change and sustainability as well as changing the wording of the Prosperity goal to read “The Town plans for, markets and develops assets for economic
growth resiliency and financial security”. (The photo above-right was taken at an earlier Council meeting). Then Emily Chorley moved that a new action be added to “Repair and rejuvenate the East Pier” so that this will be done in this term of Council. She also moved to add an action to make Cobourg more accessible.
All amendments passed without discussion or objection.
However, one must remember that although the Strategic Plan sets the direction of Council and instructs staff what they should work on, all initiatives and changes will need specific approval from council before they are actually implemented.
- Strategic Plan Public Meeting – 7 April 2019 – most written submissions – AND
- Citizens want more engagement 8 April 2019 – a few more written and seven verbal with written copy.