Harbour Grace to amend town plan

Melissa Jenkins
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The Town of Harbour Grace council is looking to move ahead with proposed changes to its town plan, and the public is being asked for its input.

Town of Harbour Grace crest

In an ad that rently ran in The Compass, the town announced an open house would be held Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The town planner, Avro MacMillan, will be available during that time to discuss the proposed changes the municipal plan and development regulations.

There will also be the opportunity to make presentations, ask questions and have an open dialogue with councillors during a meeting that night at 7 p.m. Written submissions will be taken up to the start of the meeting.

In a copy of the details sent to The Compass by chief administrative officer Lisa Pike, the town outlines its intentions for future development, which include some pretty unique ideas.

"The Town of Harbour Grace has decided to proceed with amendments to the Municpal Plan and Development Regulations that would make it easier ... to expand its economic base by attracting more tourism, commercial, industrial and marine related industrial activity and, at the same time, ensure that its historic core and downtown are sustained and developed."

Expansion

Included in the proposal is a marine industrial complex. Details on the actual project are scarce, but one thing stands out on the map the town provided to The Compass - the project looks like it will be built on top of the harbour.

Building on water is not a new idea. In Montreal, Ile Notre Dame was created during the digging of a subway in 1965.

The Pearl-Qatar in the Persian Gulf is a manmade island where people live and work.

Harbour Grace is proposing the approval for an addition off of Beach Hill Road as an expansion to the "marine service centre" Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises.

HGOE is a blossoming company and this could be the first big step to expansion.

Town officials would not confirm details on the project, or whether the complex will be built on the harbour.

Another proposed change includes extending the commercial area off Jamie's Way to Bannerman Lake Road for future business expansion.

A full copy of the proposed changes is available by emailing the CAO Lisa Pike at lisa.pike@hrgrace.ca or calling 596-3631.

Melissa.jenkins.tc.tc

Organizations: The Compass, Town of Harbour Grace, Municpal Plan

Geographic location: Montreal, Persian Gulf, Beach Hill Road Bannerman Lake Road

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  • Ivor Biggun
    February 10, 2015 - 11:37

    Not easy to get a copy online or sent by email. Not on the town site or the FB page

  • Rhonda Parsons
    February 10, 2015 - 10:18

    Harbour Grace is proposing the approval for an addition off of Beach Hill Road as an expansion to the "marine service centre" Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises. I hope that Ocean Enterprises will respect the historic structure located in the Point Of Beach with all their additions. The facility showed little respect for the historic structure in the past two years, resulting in damaging the building, with their ship breaking in the middle of town. Not to mention the noise it creates for the neighbouring houses, and business on Water Street. The area known as the Point of Beach is very close to residential. From 6 A.M. to 6 P.M. the noise can be heard far and wide. HGOE is a blossoming company ? The encroachment upon the beautiful natural harbour, the loss of natural coastline, the loss of natural habitats. It is such a shame to have taken a once beautiful historic town, and have experienced such a loss of historic structures from demolition by neglect. Now the crowning jewel of the town, the harbour is an eyesore, and has been for sometime sadly. A sustainable community accepts that communities are first and foremost for people and that the primary objective of the planning and development process is to improve the quality of life of its residents, socially, economically, psychologically, and spiritually. . I only see choas and a further negative impact on the residents in the town of Harbour Grace, to serve a select few.

  • Faceoff
    February 09, 2015 - 07:37

    That's all good news for Hr. Grace. But, where's our new stadium???