Good Work Tim!!! Grand River waterfront master plan gets green light
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Grand River advocates are applauding council's decision to push ahead with what they consider a long-overdue waterfront master plan.
City councillors decided 8-2 Monday to hire a consultant to draw up a plan to study the use and protection of lands along the Grand, even though they don't yet know how much the job will cost or where they'll find the money.
The decision was made after a presentation by wildlife protector Tim Sywyk, who argued a master plan is needed to identify, map and protect wildlife habitats and ecologically significant areas.
"This should have been done before I was born," he said. Sywyk also called for a moratorium on development along the Grand until the document is finished.
Mary Ellen Kaye, who leads the citizen group Keep Our River Public, said after the vote that she is relieved the project is moving ahead.
"Doing a waterfront master plan has broad public support. Council should have realized it a year ago when they killed the project in the budget process," she said. "At least we're finally assured we can do it now."