Port Stanley Harbour Vision Committee

Port Stanley Harbour Vision Committee

 

 

Council has established the Port Stanley Harbour Vision Committee to provide input to Council on potential redevelopment concepts and plans for the lands acquired by the Municipality of Central Elgin from Transport Canada in 2010.  Council seeks to transform the Port Stanley Harbour into a small craft harbour that supports the existing commercial fishing industry and recreational boaters.  Council believes the waterfront can be a catalyst for regional economic development.  The Port Stanley Harbour Vision Committee is to provide input to Council in achieving this vision.  

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Harbour Vision Committee Members
Council
Mark Cousens, Alderman, City of St Thomas
Joe Gallagher, Community Representative
Carol Gates, Port Stanley Business Improvement Area (BIA)
Nigel Howcroft, Port Stanley Village Association
John Robinson, Community Representative
Alan Smith, County of Elgin - Economic Development
Paul Smith, St Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce
John Terrio, Community Representative
Derek Weaver, Commercial Fishers

The Committee started its work with a meeting on September 20, 2011.

The Committee heard presentations from:

  • Mark Conway of N. Barry Lyon Consulting.  Mr Conway had prepared the Port Stanley Port Facility Business Plan and Feasibility Study.  The Plan was developed with extensive community input.  The Business Plan served as a foundation for divestiture negotiations with Transport Canada; and
  • Russell Schnurr, Professor, Fanshawe College.  Mr Schnurr presented the results of a recent charette exercise carried out by Fanshawe College GIS and Urban Planning technician students.  During the charette exercise, the students could develop a vision for the Port Stanley harbourfront lands unencumbered by financial or environmental limitations.

VIEW PORT STANLEY PORT FACILITY BUSINESS PLAN AND FEASIBILITY STUDY

VIEW FANSHAWE STUDENT CHARETTE RESULTS
GROUP 1   GROUP 2   GROUP 3   GROUP 4   GROUP 5   GROUP 6   GROUP 7

The Committee will also be considering the ideas and concepts that came out of earlier public engagement and land-use planning processes:

VIEW Port Stanley Harbour Focus Group Meeting Report, June 2005

VIEW Port Stanley Community Improvement Plan 1991-93

VIEW Port Stanley CAUSE Study, October 1987

Port Stanley Harbour Economic Development Plan

The Port Stanley Harbour Economic Development Plan, adopted in 2013, has a number of primary objectives, including:

  • Review potential redevelopment concepts and plans for harbour lands
  • Identify innovative development concepts that build on a vision of a small craft harbour
  • Identify economic development opportunities for Port Stanley Harbour
  • Consider economic development, social and community development and environmental stewardship in the development of the harbour
  • Provide recommendations for any modifications to the relevant land use policies for the harbour area
  • Identify specific actions that will assist with the transformation of the Port Stanley harbour into a small craft harbour that remains supportive of the existing commercial fishing industry and recreational boaters

The Port Stanley Harbour Economic Development Plan can be found here.

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