Given that Monday’s night regular Council meeting was a marathon event, starting at 5:30PM and ending at roughly 12:45 AM, some readers might not have the inclination to spin through about 7 hours of the recording to see what interests them.
While the meeting was long, hopefully this summary can be kept short… but no promises are being made. The recorded stream can be found at: https://vimeo.com/448679720
Just like July’s late-nighter Council meeting, this Monday’s meeting looks to be a repeat performance with a lengthy agenda with items of substance. Highlights of the agenda include the deferred Integrity Commissioner reports and a “settlement agreement” for Century Condos downtown.
In contrast to the much shorter and light Council meetings recently, this Monday’s upcoming (Zoom) meeting looks like it will be a marathon. Three delegations, 6 Integrity Commissioner reports , 16 Staff reports, 2 closed sessions. Do not forget Correspondence and New Business!
Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting items…
For those who have been following the debate over 33 Victoria Terrace, we have an update for you. Following some closed session meetings at Council and the Heritage Committee, the Town has officially published a “Notice of Intention to Designate” (NOID) for the property in Grimsby Beach.
The Town is undertaking a study to develop a Secondary Plan and Urban Design Guidelines for the Town’s Hospital Corridor. This area is defined as all properties fronting onto Main Street East from Nelles Road to West Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
The Heritage Advisory Committee convened on Wednesday April 4th with much of the meeting occupied by a delegation and discussion of the Grimsby Beach cottage at 33 Victoria Terrace. There was a good handful of local residents in the Council Chambers showing their spirit to preserving this piece of Grimsby history.
Grimsby Beach Conservation Management Plan – presentation by Willowbank School students
This initial presentation by the students proposes a “Cultural Heritage Landscape” for the Grimsby Beach district. The Planning Director (Michael Seaman) has had a continuing relationship with the school since 2010.
The study recommended that proactive measures must be taken to protect the key cultural elements of the neighbourhood from demolition and development, citing a recent listing at 33 Victoria Terrace priced at almost $600K. A small survey of local residents raised common issues of lack of parking, disrespectful tourists and littered garbage.
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