Lakefield Property Development Questions & Answers
Residents Bring Lots of Ideas to Lakefield Waterfront Meeting Hosted by Parks Canada
Q: What is the purpose of this project? Why is it being done?
A new Hydro and Business Development program was created as part of the Government’s Action Plan for the Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW) and one of its focuses is to facilitate new tourism/business enterprises along the Trent-Severn Waterway. Parks Canada sees this property as an opportunity to turn facilities we no longer require for operational purposes, into something that will benefit both the government by generating revenue to reinvest in the TSW, and the local community by revitalizing the site for years to come.
Q: Is public consultation a part of the process?
Yes public input is an important part of this development process in order to define the widest possible options in the best interests of the community. A facilitated public workshop in February 2012 was the first step.
Q: Has the Township been consulted?
Thus far, Parks Canada has met with the township CAO and Manager of Building and Planning to introduce the opportunity. We presented the idea to the township council on February 8, 2011 and met with municipal planners in January 2012.
Q: What is the process going forward?
In early February 2012 we met with a firm (Basterfield) to talk about the development of a FIT plan. This FIT plan will look at appropriate facility sizing for the property. Given space constraints, what can be located there allowing for bylaw considerations such as parking and height limitations?
The FIT plan gives us some parameters. Out of the public workshop we’ll come up with suggested uses which Basterfield will then translate into sketches.
Q: Why not all green space?
We see the possibility of having a commercial establishment on a portion of our land as a means to producing a long term revenue stream in support of operational costs associated with the Waterway. We would look to commercial opportunities that offer benefits to community residents and visitors, businesses and users of the Trent-Severn Waterway.
This property has considerable potential and might, with the installation of shore power and water, for instance, attract more and longer stays in the area. Results could be similar to what happened in Fenelon Falls over the summer of 2011 where a significant 92% of businesses surveyed indicated they had seen a positive impact directly within their own business.
Q: When is the property slated to be developed and put out for bids?
After we have taken this workshop into account and have presented illustrations depicting possible uses to council and the public, we will put out a call for Expressions of Interest. This will take us into stage two of the property’s redevelopment at which time we’ll seek formal Requests for Proposals, based on clearly defined parameters.
Q: When will construction begin?
Construction is dependent upon Parks Canada's consultative process/timelines, results of the Expressions of Interest and securing relevant approvals and permits. There is no way of knowing at this time.