In order to determine how the harbour properties will be used, Central Elgin undertook to implement a secondary plan under its Official Plan. A secondary plan is an amendment to an Official Plan, and provides more detail for a specific area covered by an Official Plan. To that end, the Municipality established a steering committee, comprised of staff, council, and community members, to work with consultants retained by Central Elgin to develop the secondary plan.
One of our directors, Nigel Howcroft, served on the steering committee.
The Secondary Plan determined land uses (including parks, other public spaces and development) that will be permitted for the harbour properties acquired by Central Elgin. The PSVA board advocates that the majority of the harbour lands be reserved for public use, but supports limited low density development in keeping with the character of the village.
The secondary plan was adopted by Central Elgin in 2021. The County of Elgin approved the Secondary Plan (OPA # 9) on December 9, 2021. There have been no appeals and appropriate notices have been given.
Natural Hazards Assessment
Central Elgin retained Zuzek Inc to prepare a report to assess natural hazards anticipated due to climate change. Zuzek submitted its Port Stanley Coastal Risk Assessment report to Council dated June 3, 2021. The report is attached.
The Zuzek report considers the most recent data on lake levels and climate change to assess coastal risk for this area. Zuzek concludes that:
The report includes cost estimates for implementing some of Zuzek’s recommendations. For example, the cost for rehabilitating the quay and the berm will be at least $5,000 per linear metre and (depending on how much work is needed) possibly up to $15,000 per linear metre for the quay. How those costs would be funded is not addressed in the report.
Find details of the process, documents, and reports pertaining to the Secondary Plan, and the timetable, here:
Central Elgin convened a public meeting on August 10 to consider the secondary plan being proposed for the harbour properties in Port Stanley. Dan Ross, as President of the PSVA, made a submission generally supporting the secondary plan. The written form of the submission appears in the attachments below.