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7.     Parking for village residents: A concern was raised that local residents find it increasingly hard to find parking close to central facilities, especially during the summer and for events at the theatre. Dan reported that there will be some additional parking provided on the west side of the harbour when the washrooms are built. This will include disabled parking. The comment was made that this is too far for people who have difficulty with walking.  It was discussed that perhaps some extra disabled parking spots are required, for example on Bridge St. outside the medical building. It was suggested that Janet send a letter from the PSVA to CE requesting that this be considered.

a.     The existing firehall site was also suggested but this is not a short term option - before anything can happen there, the new firehall must be up and running and the old firehall declared surplus before a new purpose for this site can be entertained.

b.     Dan stated that future parking is part of the mandate of the Harbour Secondary Plan.

 

9.     Food trucks in Port Stanley: Dan reported that in the past the CE Bylaws had stated no commercial use of the beach. Sport in Port proposed renting paddleboards and the bylaw was changed on a trial basis, so that all future decisions came to Council. Food vendors who applied were told they had to satisfy the health department about prep and storage of food before being given a permit. This made it difficult for vendors to justify the related expense.  There is a “non-compete” clause in the Bylaw. There is a public meeting about this issue on March 27th – Dan provided Janet with the information about the meeting and she will scan and email it to members (sent as email with meeting notification).

 

10.  Solar panels on CE Buildings: Prior to the meeting a Port resident expressed concern about the aesthetics of having solar panels on CE buildings. Dan reported that CE had no specific plans to include solar panels on their buildings at this time, but had expressed their willingness to incorporate them in the future.

 

11.  Dan McNeil’s report: Dan informed us of the following\

a.     The future of the Dominion of Canada Building will be discussed as part of the PS Harbour Secondary Plan

b.     Harbour development continues. The bare bones of Hofhuis Park are in place. The boathouse for the rescue boat is under construction.  The boat launch is in place but the addition of lighting is a health and safety issue and will be going to tender. Heritage style lighting will be added to Hofhuis Park. Remediation of the harbour lands to the west will be finished this year. The boardwalk will be elevated. There is approx. $3.5 million left in the harbour budget after all this work is completed

c.      The pumping station will be moved to the south side of Bridge street, in the same location as the public washroom and tourist office - work will start this spring

d.     Edith Cavell work should be finished by the end of April (May 24 latest) including the boulevard

e.     Goal is to open up the pier April 1st. The new gates are installed.

f.       The Federal Government is still monitoring the wells on the berm for contamination

g.     Future of McAsphalt cannot be discussed at this time

h.     Fishing from the pier is still being reviewed – there are insurance- related issues.  At this time the OPP will reinforce the rules against fishing

i.       There is lots of work to be done to remediate the lighthouse, including some work underwater

j.       At this time there is no further news from Prespa on their plans to move forward with a condo building on William.  The Prespa townhouse condo closest to Why Not Park on Edith Cavell (already approved) is to be a lottery prize, which will drive some more visibility for the townhouse development.

 

The location and date of the next meeting will be emailed to members as soon as it is known.

Adjournment.

 

Appendix 1  “SENIOR CO-HOUSING FOR PORT STANLEY”

www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition:  Sunday November 08, 2015

“BC Seniors build a new way to age in place - a Karin Wells documentary” …with a follow up program Sunday 28 August, 2016 http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/hisham-matar-judge-lynn-smith-co-housing-spotlight-investigation-1.3732577/b-c-seniors-build-a-new-way-to-age-in-place-1.3737140

 

The concept is called co-housing and it originated in Denmark. Now it's big on the west coast of North America and is gaining ground across Canada, as people search for new forms of community, support and caring.  Harbourside is co-housing for seniors. It is one of the first of its kind in Canada.

Our mandate is to build a neighbourhood of strata-titled housing for seniors that is affordable, environmentally friendly, and socially/culturally supportive, allowing people to flourish through mutual support as they age in place and in community.

Our mission is to be a sustainable senior cohousing homeowner community that promotes healthy aging in place. The physical structures as well as the social fabric of our community will nurture an innovative culture with lively connections to the larger society. While respecting personal privacy, we will foster cooperation, social connection and affordability through design and through mutual support.

Flourishing through mutual support

Margaret Critchlow Rodman, Professor Emerita Anthropology, York Univerisity:  ‘CO-caring in Senior Co-housing, A Canadian Model for Social Sustainability”  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUymRJurxEw) 

Why Senior Co-housing?   Cohousing revolves around custom built neighborhoods organized by seniors themselves in order to fit in with their real needs, wants and aspirations for health, longevity and quality of life.

Cohousing is based on:

·       Participatory process

·       Privately owned (strata titled) homes and apartments

·       Extensive common facilities

·       Design that facilitates privacy but emphasizes community

·       Resident management with  a consensus orientation

·       Sustainability – environmental, social, economic & cultural

 

“The degree of mortality risk associated with lack of social relationships is similar to more widely publicized risk factors, such as smoking”.

Compulsory course on “Aging well in Community – Senior Cohousing”:  Royal Roads University.

CANADIAN COHOUSING NETWORK (cohousing.ca):

·       The inclusion of common area Caregiver suites

·       Healthcare support areas with formal and informal caregiver support.

·       To the point of ensuring palliative care is available within the complex

 

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