Finally The Industrial/recreational District from Clapperton to Overlander could become a hybrid zone of river front access and park space, light industrial buildings, higher end commercial and residential, balanced with loft style developments in the current Briar Rd areas. There are challenges to developing this zone due to restrictions under federal and provincial regulations for salmonid bearing waters; however a strong vision that builds on the connection to the water, while welcoming the city, can create a positive and unique space for development, in the coming years.
It is critical to note these visions are not something we can move to tomorrow, they need consideration regarding what else would need to be reviewed such as zoning, transportation, recreation and other plans. The ideas would be 90 percent on private developers to achieve, and that means our municipality must also believe in the vision and be willing to navigate the current systems to support this future vision with all of us.
It is a lofty goal to completely revision and reinvent a community, but I believe passionately that it is one we can achieve together. The foundational pieces are already here, in place. It is now time to build forward.