Waterfront development rendered drawing posted in error says Town

According to a media release on Wednesday (Sept. 11), the Town of Saugeen Shores posted a waterfront development building concept to the Town’s website in error and that was quickly retracted.

The early concept, which had been rejected by CAO David Smith, was posted on the website on September 9, 2019 and was removed shortly after, but not before some waterfront residents copied and distributed it at the Saugeen Shores Town Council meeting on Monday, September 9th..

“There have been variations of the conceptual drawings through the office, and unfortunately an early and rejected version of the waterfront development was publicly posted very briefly this week,” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau.

“Council is committed to public consultations regarding this significant proposal, and the final concept will be presented in open forum at an upcoming date,” added Charbonneau.

Pier Donnini, the project proponent, has provided a number of conceptual drawings as options for Town staff to provide initial feedback and included several during his July 22, 2019 presentation to Committee of the Whole.

“Unfortunately, the early draft, which both parties (the Town and myself) had rejected, was posted online. This isn’t the concept we’re working toward and this particular concept was quickly rejected,” said Donnini.

The Waterfront revitalization project is currently ongoing. The Town received more than 1,500 responses on its public survey and 39 speakers voiced their opinions on the project at the public meeting on September 3, 2019.

“Council remains committed to an open and public process as we move to making a final decision,” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau.

Pier Donnini’s presentation from the September 3rd public meeting is available on thecedarcrescentvillage.com.  View CAO David Smith’s presentation here.  Printed copies of both presentations can be picked up at the Municipal Office.

As well, as recording of the meeting can be viewed on the Town’s YouTube channel.