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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Plenty of Ideas for Wasaga's Main End

Wasaga Beach | by Catherine Thompson  

Wasaga Beach gathering thoughts of residents after visioning meeting.

Some big news has been revealed at the second beach visioning community meeting in Wasaga Beach.

Mayor Cal Patterson told the crowd of about 140 people at the Rec Plex on Wednesday that the ownership deal at the main end is going through.

He says a reputable group has put in an offer for all of the properties that were in receivership.

There have been worries that it wasn't going through, but Patterson says the deal should close in a couple of weeks to a month.

He adds the group buying the properties wants to work with the town and the town will get the 600 thousand dollars owing in back taxes and water bills.

Also at this meeting, a consultant revealed that the top priorities gathered from the public consultation process are to make Wasaga Beach a four season destination, have more family activities like bowling and theatres, and more restaurants and a hotel.

The top priority from the online surveys is the cleanliness of the beach and waterfront.

Consultant Barry Sampson tells us based on this input, three different visioning directions with common elements were developed.

After the presentation, there was a discussion period amongst the tables and each group was asked to choose its favourite plan.

The favourite seems to be plan two. Mosley Street would be realigned west of First Street and be a four season road, accessible in the not so great weather in the winter.

Beach Drive would be shortened to First Street from Third.

There would be a festival square in the playland parking lot with underground parking, a pedestrian bridge linking Nancy Island to Beaches 1 and 2 and an indoor family attraction which would likely include a water park and bring the beach inside.

A resort is included in this plan.

Sampson says the information gathered at this meeting will form a visioning document which will include guidelines and policies to use when developers come forward with plans to enhance the main end of Wasaga Beach in the future.


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