Thursday, March 4, 2021

Secondary plan for Wallaceburg’s southside set to be discussed by Council

The southside of Wallaceburg’s downtown core is set to be discussed at the next Chatham-Kent Council meeting, being held electronically on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Wallaceburg Councillor Aaron Hall brought forward a notice of motion at the September 14, 2020 meeting about a secondary plan for the southside.

“Over the past several years, the Municipality has received interest about potential redevelopment opportunities on the south side of the Sydenham River in Wallaceburg’s downtown area, particularly along Wallace Street between Murray Street and McDougall Street,” Hall said in his notice of motion, adding that a number of structures have been removed in this area and the Municipality owns a number of properties within this area as well, including along the waterfront itself.

“Existing policies within Chatham-Kent’s Official Plan direct that within the community of Wallaceburg, the Municipality shall encourage the redevelopment of waterfront areas within the downtown and main street area.”

Hall added: “Opportunities to expand the downtown and main street area to
accommodate the configuration of development on both sides of the river for mixed-use, residential, commercial, employment and recreational related development shall be encouraged.”

The Official Plan also notes that the Municipality shall undertake the preparation of a Secondary Plan for the revitalization of Wallaceburg’s greater downtown area, including the southside of the Sydenham River and adjacent downtown neighbourhoods, Hall said.

“The Secondary Plan shall identify strategies for the preservation and enhancement of the area that supports community sustainability and reinvestment in the downtown area,” Hall added.

If Hall’s motion is approved on Monday night, administration would be directed to prepare a report for the October 19, 2020 Council meeting outlining the steps necessary to move forward with a Secondary Plan for Wallaceburg’s southside.

Monday’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. and can be LIVE streamed, here.

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