The Tannery Project began in 2009 and since then: has had three open houses (including the initial Charrette); a special page was created for the Town’s web site; a special Community Improvement Plan (CIP) was created to allow the Town to spend money on it and on Monday, a Council Public Planning meeting considered a Secondary Plan and Rezoning Bylaw which would effectively implement the Consultant’s master plan. See the links below for more detail. Once again, the consultant Matt Reid, presented his plan: over 30 citizens were online to hear what he said and 10 participated – mostly in support. There are two aspects of the plan that generate support: first, It’s “Green” and sustainable and second it promises to provide affordable housing.
Although the Town owned Tannery Property is at the centre of the declared Tannery neighbourhood (or district), the plan proposes major changes for much more than that. See the image below for what is planned. The intent is that future development would follow the direction given in the Secondary plan although the current owners of properties in the district were assured that they can continue as they are – the implication is that if they were to sell, or redevelop their properties, they would be bound by the secondary plan which modifies the Town’s Official Plan for that area. One major property owner is the GM dealership on University right where the Spring Street extension is planned. They have said that they have no intention to move or sell.
But the plan would be implemented in phases (see Presentation) with the first phase limited to the Town-owned land. This would be a housing development with some “park” area. It’s not known how many units there would be or what proportion would be affordable although the overall goal for the district is 25%.
Some of the plan’s supporters urged the Town to participate by paying for roads as well as support per the CIP and others asked for additional constraints on developers. There is no word whether any developers are in fact interested.
Note that to fully understand this project, you really need to study the information available at the links below.
And as Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin said, this plan could take 20 to 30 years to be fully implemented.
Although there have been a good number of Public meetings including several open houses, one that was scheduled for November 25 seems to have simply not happened! In any case, it seemed superfluous given the November 29 meeting. [More – see note below]
There was also no mention of land remediation issues which seemed to be an earlier problem for developers.
Although a good number of the public in Cobourg are supportive of this plan, there’s no way of knowing if and when it will proceed. Currently there are no budget implications but there are also no developer applications pending.
[Note: Added Dec 1. The mysterious meeting on November 25 did happen but was only accessible to those who registered and not to anyone who just wanted to see what was said – although I guess you can say you want to participate then don’t participate.]
To better understand the Tannery project, you need to read at least some of the articles in the following resources. It’s a significant project with a lot of background/history.
- Consultant’s presentation at both 23 August 2021 CoW meeting and 29 November 2021 Public Planning meeting – includes details of phasing but not schedule.
- Tannery District Master Plan – June 2021 – 144 pages 48MB pdf
Earlier Cobourg News items and documents
- Tannery Master Plan once again before Council – 22 August 2021 – includes a short history/ background.
- Tannery Master Plan Public Meeting – 30 March 2018
- Presentation from Consultants in 2018 – (presented at meeting in 30 March 2018 – previous link)
Town of Cobourg
- Agenda of Public Planning Meeting on 29 November 2021 – see attachments for written inputs from citizens
- Tannery District page on Town’s Web site
- Secondary Plan – This is a supplement to the Official Plan – hosted on Cobourg News Blog
- Proposed Zoning for Tannery District – hosted on Cobourg News Blog
- Memo from former CAO Stephen Peacock about status of Tannery property – Feb 5 2015 – helpful to understand contamination issue – pdf – hosted on Cobourg News Blog
- For further information contact Rob Franklin, Acting Director – Planning and Development Services, [email protected] 905 372-1005 ext 4453