Montague official plan
Consulting firm says creation of development corporation essential for important community projects
MONTAGUE – The creation of a Montague Development Corporation is essential to help carry forward important community projects for eastern P.E.I.’s largest town, according to the consulting firm Stantec.
That was just one recommendation delivered to a public meeting recently regarding the town’s official plan and future objectives.
“The corporation would be focused on development and be a key organization to carry forward the vision of a proposed revitalization plan,” said consultant John Heseltine, who attended the meeting with Christine Jeans.
The proposed revitalization plan of the town was penned by a group of motivated citizens led by Edgar Dewar to help develop town assets for residents and tourists. That plan is focusing on south side waterfront development, including the rehabilitation of the Clarks Building and a residential development east of Locust Street.
An active transportation and trails plan to enhance the experience of cyclists and pedestrians should also be developed.
“The town should adopt a concept plan for further development of the waterfront," said Heseltine. "It has enjoyed tremendous success over the past 10 years, but it appears progress has stalled.”
The consultants advised the town that the southeast portion of the waterfront is the most attractive property within the town and features the Garden of the Gulf Museum, government wharf and Clark’s Building on Main Street.
“The town has had as many as five conceptual plans prepared for the waterfront area," he added. "The point is not to create yet another area plan but to determine the next steps for the town to build on its already successful waterfront redevelopment.”
The town was urged to tap into the Southeast Environmental Association which has the expertise to identify and access available funding sources, as well as develop and manage trails networks.