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.
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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 596-3631.