Waterfront development is a topic of great public interest, based on the turnout for an open house-style event for the Wellcox lands, the city's newly acquired waterfront property.
The city bought the industrial land, next to the downtown ferry terminal, from CP Rail for $3.4 million in March, with an eye to create new public space on the harbour's edge.
What sort of commercial, residential and recreational uses are best suited to the land was the topic of a "Harbour Fair" held Saturday, ahead of a charrette to happen in the fall.
The city hosted tours of the property and set up information tents for members of the public to learn more and share ideas.
"We had good turnout - over 300 people," said David Witty, the South Downtown Waterfront Committee chairman.
"We had lots of good engagement. People certainly were interested in that study area."
The idea of the fair "was to share information and introduce work being done by the committee."
Display tents erected on the edge of the property, across Esplanade from Port Place Centre, provided people an opportunity to chat and give feedback, through questionnaires and an "ideas board" for suggested property uses.
A wide variety of opinions and ideas were shared, but a common theme that emerged was to create a public place.
"There were a large number of comments that people identified it should be a place for people," Witty said. "That can take place in many forms."
The next step will be a charrette, followed by a report of findings, to be released either just before Christmas or early in the new year.
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