South Bruce Peninsula has an initial development plan for the Colpoy's Bay community thanks to a study by 3rd year students in the Honours Bachelor of Environmental Design and Planning program.
Professor Andrew Wilson presented the results to council at its regular meeting on October 16th, calling for development of lands around the recently-refurbished Colpoy's Bay pier.
Wilson says the students held special meetings with residents and stakeholders last Spring and have come up with a plan that would turn the area and the hamlet, into at least a tourist stop-over point as visitors make their way up the Bruce Peninsula.
He says there's more than a dock in the area but what he says is an opportunity to build on it, developing an asset within the community that would create interest, not only for local residents but for visitors as well.
Wilson says students were guided so as not to build a "pie in the sky" type of development that would be out of reach financially for such a small hamlet.
He says for the most part, students took a minamalist view when incorporating the ideas of residents who attended a workshop meeting on the process.
Wilson says most of the design ideas included fixing the parking lot, putting in a picnic shelter with a nearby permanent washroom along with simple seating along the pier to enjoy the view and surroundings or to do some recreational fishing.
He says the area would also be lit discreetly at night so the facility could be enjoyed in the evening hours with a goal of not interfering with the night sky.
Wilson points out with the increasing number of visitors coming to the Bruce Peninsula, Colpoy's Bay needs to take advantage, with an attraction that will have those visitors stay for a few hours and use the shops and services in the area.
Mayor Janice Jackson loved the concepts presented and hopes the plan doesn't end up on a shelf.
Jackson says if there is any movement on the plan though, it will be the responsibility of the new council that takes office in December.
She says one of their first tasks is to strike a budget for 2019 and the Colpoy's Bay development could be a part of it.
Mayor Jackson hopes the new council embraces the plan and executes it in stages, based on grants that may be availalbe, along with community participation.
No price tag was put on such a plan but the recent pier and other repairs that have already taken place, was budgeted at $360,000.