Comment 112862

By RobF (registered) | Posted July 18, 2015 at 13:19:44 in reply to Comment 112827

I thought your article was great. I was glad to have someone write a piece that drew attention to the fine-scale of planning/thinking about the waterfront that is needed. My fear is that waterfront planning and development is flying under the radar ... the City is chugging along to shovel-ready development in 2017 or 2018, and I don't see enough focus on how we get from existing plans to developed reality.

I don't think anything is stopping the City or HWT from adding Muskoka chairs on the waterfront ... you don't need an OPA or rezoning for that ... not sure if anything like that is being planned, but I see them and the metal umbrellas (like those at Toronto's Sugar Beach) more and more in my travels. I'm not of the everything must be perfectly planned before anything is changed mindset. My concern is that public engagement (consultation and participation) is too focused on the planning stage and then things disappear behind closed doors when we move to implementation, which is when many impactful decisions are made ... the ones we lament later.

Comment edited by RobF on 2015-07-18 13:20:24

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