Data still being gathered for Port Corporation 25-year plan

Mike Carson
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SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Port Corporation is still awaiting the recommendations of a 25-year master plan for the city's waterfront.
In December, more than 60 people, including Summerside city councillors and staff, local developers and business people, along with members of the general public met to offer their input into a vision for the city.

Arnold Croken, president of the Summerside Port Corporation, is inviting everyone who has an opinion on the future of the city’s waterfront to come to a meeting at the Loyalist Lakeview Resort on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. Colin MacLean/Journal Pioneer 

One of the groups involved was Ekistics Planning and Design from Dartmouth, N.S.

Arnold Croken, president of the Summerside Port Corporation, said Ekistics Planning and Design set up a website following the December meeting with a survey for people to fill out on what they see are the priorities for the city's waterfront over the next 25 years.

"The website that they listed for people to do the survey on has been getting a fair bit of traffic and they're still analyzing that," he said.

"It was a little slow starting off and that was probably at the start of the Christmas season, but the last 10 days or so another 20 to 30 (survey responses) have come in."

Many of those in attendance at the December meeting listed Holland College as a priority asset and "a game changer" in redeveloping the area and it was suggested that courses and training offered at the institution could lay the groundwork for new jobs as a means to bring in young families to live in the area.

Ridding the waterfront of parking lots was another topic, but that raised the issue of where vehicles could be parked. There was some thought of a parkade being constructed to solve that problem.

A sightline to the water was critical according to some of the participants and many suggested that the waterfront be free of housing construction.

Croken couldn't give an exact timeline for the report on the 25-year plan.

"It's still in the works," he said. "We want to make sure he's got as much information on this as we can possibly get from the community. So, when we come back with this thing hopefully, we'll have covered all of the bases."

Croken said he hopes to have something available within the next four weeks.

 

Organizations: Holland College, Summerside Port

Geographic location: Dartmouth, Ridding

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