What happened to the Corydon-Osborne Neighbourhood Plan?
In this column I hope to shed some light on the situation and also to invite you to a town hall Meeting on Thurs., May 16 at École Laveréndrye from 7 to 9 pm.
The Corydon area is a jewel in our city and is a great place to live, work and play.
It has been a long-term goal for many residents and businesses to see the completion of our Corydon-Osborne Neighbourhood Plan. Change is coming through new development, and a plan that has commitment and meaningful involvement from the community at large can enable development that is both vibrant for business and protects the quality of life for residents.
After years of pre-planning work and extensive effort to obtain resources to complete the plan, all work has ground to a halt.
Unfortunately last July, in the midst of an ongoing planning process which included design workshops, public meetings and extensive public input, all work was stopped by a motion from Coun. Russ Wyatt at Property Committee after they heard complaints from a small group of property owners and businesses.
Since then, after much public concern, the mayor set up a committee to advise on the hiring of a consultant to bring in high-level expertise to assist with the plan and to build on the existing work.
The neighbourhood plan remains in limbo. Applications for a national high-level consultant closed last December. Two appointed committee members have not signed standard confidentiality agreements that are essential to protect the applicants. No interviews have taken place.
I have asked repeatedly that Coun. Jeff Browaty, the committee chair, allow city administration to proceed with the hiring process following our standard procurement processes. He has not been willing to take action to date.
Please note that if and when a consultant is in place and work begins, all stakeholders, including property owners, businesses and residents would be invited to have a voice in the consultations.
A public town hall meeting has been called by the Corydon Village Residents Association on May 16 at École Laveréndrye from 7 to 9 pm. I will be there to provide an update to all members of the community.
Hope to see you there!