CHEAP SEATS: Early dialogue essential in waterfront development
It is hard to argue with Belleville mayor Taso Christopher when he says the next big vision for the city is development of the waterfront.
But it would be nice to know what that development will be. And, ideally have some say it how it comes to be.
Christopher told the Belleville Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that city council will be engaging in long range planning at a retreat next month that will focus on the city’s waterfront.
But considering how much of the city touches either the Bay of Quinte or the Moira River, waterfront is a pretty broad subject.
And the mayor, at this point, was awfully coy about revealing any specifics.
Which is fine. That is what long range planning is for.
But at the same time it would be nice for the public to have input into the process as well, ideally BEFORE council has decided what it wants to do and how it wants to go about it.
What council should do is create several avenues for public input, including at least one public information session, to present and hear ideas about the waterfront, particularly what people DON’T want to see in various parts of it.
Belleville’s bayshore and rivershores are both areas of incredible potential for the city, which means there is also potential for things to go horribly wrong.
Starting the dialogue early reduces the chances of going wrong and increases the chances of doing something a lot of people will like.
I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats
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