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Bay Beach Master Plan


NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION OPEN HOUSE
ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT APPLICATION

4152 ERIE ROAD (Bay Beach Parking Lot, Northeast Corner at Erie and Schooley Roads)

DATE: Thursday February 25, 2016
TIME: 5:00 pm TO 6:00 pm
LOCATION: Municipal Town Hall, 1 Municipal Centre Drive, Fort Erie

Click here for Notice

Click here for Proposed Zoning of 4152 Erie Road



NOTICE OF COMPLETE APPLICATION & PUBLIC MEETING

TOWN INITIATED ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT (Application 350309-0412)

4152 ERIE ROAD (Bay Beach Parking Lot, Northeast corner at Erie and Schooley Roads)

DATE: Monday March 7, 2016

TIME: 6:00 pm

LOCATION: Municipal Town Hall Council Chambers

Click here for Notice



BAY BEACH MASTER PLAN FINAL REPORT

The Bay Beach Master Plan was approved by Council at its January 11, 2016 Council-in-Committee meeting, along with a strategy to commence implementation of the plan.

Council expressed its appreciation to all in the community who participated in the extensive public consultation process, and to the Bay Beach Master Plan Community Focus Group who dedicated many hours working with the Consultant Team to develop the Plan.

Click here to view the approved Bay Beach Master Plan

Click here to view the January 11, 2016 Council Presentation

Click here to view the Bay Beach Master Plan Site Plan

Click here to view Administrative Report CDS-06-2016



BAY BEACH MASTER PLAN Phase 3:

ACTION PLAN for IMPLEMENTATION

On November 5, 2015, approximately 85 community members reviewed and provided comments on the recommended Master Plan and Implementation Strategy for the Bay Beach property.

The Planning Partnership reviewed the following issues associated with development of the Bay Beach property:

  • Land Use
  • Park Development
  • Environmental Considerations
  • Building Character/Development Standards
  • Parking Strategy
  • Capital and Operational Costs and Revenue

The consultant team will assess the feedback received, and incorporate as appropriate into the final recommendation to Council.

Click here for the Community Workshop #3 Power Point Presentation.



BAY BEACH MASTER PLAN Phase 2:

MASTER PLAN DEVELOPMENT

On September 2, 2015, approximately 120 community members reviewed concept alternatives for the development of the Bay Beach property.

Firstly, a presentation by The Planning Partnership reviewed the following issues associated with future development:

  • Community Feedback, to date
  • Environmental Considerations
  • Building Character
  • 3 Alternate Site Concepts
  • Shared Road Concepts
  • Precedent Images
  • Parking Strategy
  • Site Management
  • Financial/Economic Analysis

Following the presentation, attendees participated in group discussions to identify what they did and did not like in the concepts.

The consultant team will assess the feedback received, and develop a final site concept, along with recommendations for environmental and financial sustainability strategies, development standards, operating/site management models, and an implementation plan.

Click here for September 28, 2015 Council Presentation.

Click here for the Community Workshop #2 PowerPoint Presentation.

Click here to see the 3 Site Concepts. The Concepts are also on display in the Town Hall Atrium, where further feedback is welcome.

Click here to see What We Have Heard So Far, relative to Phase 2 of the Master Plan project.

We continue to welcome feedback to baybeach@planpart.ca or shansen@town.forterie.on.ca.

Phase 3 of the Bay Beach Master Plan will be presented at Community Workshop #3 on November 5, 2015. Check back to this webpage for further updates, or email shansen@town.forterie.on.ca to receive email notification of future workshops/meetings.


WHAT WE HAVE  HEARD SO FAR....

A summary of community feedback received to date, including feedback from Stakeholder Meetings, the Bay Beach Master Plan Community Focus Group, Community Workshop #1 held on July 6th and 7th, 2015, and ongoing communications with the Project Team.

Click here for What We Have Heard So Far relative to Phase 1 of the Master Plan project, or click on the image to the left.



BAY BEACH MASTER PLAN COMMUNITY PHASE 1

The first Community Workshop occured on July 6 and 7, 2015 at the Crystal Ridge Community Centre, where the Project Team set up a temporary studio. Over the course of the two days, the team performed mutiple site visits, and met with Town staff, representatives of government agencies, the Community Focus Group, other interested stakeholders, and the public.


The purpose of the first workshop was to discuss:

»  opportunities  for the Bay Beach site,

»  the overarching principles that will form the foundation of the Master Plan, and

»  key directions for the Master Plan.

By the conclusion of the first workshop, the team developed preliminary Key Directions that will form the basis of the Master Plan. Phase 2 will include a second workshop in August and Phase 3 will include a third workshop in October.

Click here for July 6th, 2015 Community Workshop presentation

Click here for July 7th, 2015 Community Workshop presentation

Click here for July 20th, 2015 Council Presentation



BAY BEACH MASTER PLAN TERMS OF REFERENCE

The Town of Fort Erie has recently initiated the Bay Beach Master Plan. The Town purchased the 2.57 acre waterfront property in 2001 and has explored various development scenarios since that time.

The main objective of the Master Plan will be to establish community consensus relative to a vision for the property, as well as identify how the property will develop in the short and long term and to establish a strategy to implement the Master Plan recommendations within the next five years.

Ultimately, development of the Bay Beach lands will support Crystal Beach as a mixed use destination with recreational, commercial and residential/rental accommodation facilities and activities, and serve as a catalyst in stimulating growth and development for a year-round tourist/recreational destination.

The Town has retained The Planning Partnership to lead the project. They have decades of experience in waterfront master planning, neighbourhood planning and park design. They have augmented their team with experts in aquatic biology, economic and financial analysis and coastal engineering.

The Master Plan will be completed in three phases:

Phase 1: Study Start Up and Foundation  of the Master Plan

Phase 2: Master Plan Development

Phase 3: Action Plan for Implementation

Project deliverables include the development of a long term vision for the property; identifying optimal land use and zoning; a park/open space master plan; establish development standards; an environmental and ecological sustainability strategy; a financial sustainability strategy; recommendations relative to accessibility and active transportation; an implementation strategy; operational recommendations; and attaining community consensus.

Extensive public consultation is anticipated in order to gain community consensus. The public consultation process will include meetings with a community focus group, multiple public open houses, stakeholder meetings as required or appropriate, and presentations to Council.
 

Click here for the Project Initiation Notice