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We may have to fight for an open process
It is hard to believe attracting tourists to Sidney and the associated economic benefits they bring, is a priority for this council. If it was, they would not be seriously considering the proposed condo development on the town’s last remaining piece of undeveloped waterfront (Seaport East).
This is extremely valuable property, not just in raw land value but in what a suitably developed waterfront could do to showcase our town. This potential is recognized and envisioned in the Local Area Plan. It is very disconcerting that approximately five years after approving this plan, council is ignoring this plan’s vision for our waterfront.
The developer’s open house was nothing short of a dismissive effort towards obtaining public input on their application for a zoning amendment. If this is any indication on how future information and public input will be handled then I have my reservations that we will get the open process and opportunities for input that the mayor alludes to, without a fight.