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Letter to the Mayor of Cobourg re: Mr. Sub controversay

First published: April 24, 2005

In a letter to council, Keith Oliver outlines the problems with the King Street proposal with 57 signatures on a petition.
Mayor Delanty
Planning Coordinator McCaughey and
Members of Cobourg Town Council

In regard to maintaining and improving the heritage character of the King
Street Shopping District, and in recognition of the value of Cobourg’s
unique history and built-heritage in attracting visitors and new investors,
we urge both Council, and through them, the Administration, to ensure that
any proposed project within the King Street Shopping District comply with
the General Heritage Conservation District Guidelines.

To assist the public in understanding how the Guidelines are applied to a
particular project, we endorse the use of the proposed Heritage
Conservation District Guideline Checklist, and recommend that it be made
public at least two weeks before the meeting of the Town Council at which
the project is considered for final approval.

Finally we recommend that a maximum time period of approximately 60 days
be set for the approval of a project covered by the Heritage District
Guidelines. That time period shall start from the moment the applicant for
project approval has formally submitted all necessary information to the
Planning Department, through the time it takes to hold no more than two
successive LACAC a final recommendation to Council, to the time of the
meeting of the Town Council at which the project is considered for final
approval.

It is understood that the recommendation by LACAC shall be to approve or
disapprove, and that as stated above, the Heritage District Guideline
Checklist regarding the project, shall be made public no later than two
weeks before the meeting of the Town Council at which the project is
considered for final approval.

Cobourg is a town that played a significant part in the development of
Upper Canada and the Ontario, both through the citizens it produced, the
institutions it helped develop, the commerce and industry that was located
here, and the visitors it attracted. We believe that respecting and
building on that history is the key to a form of economic development that
will maintain and build on the unique character of our town.

For these reasons we respectfully request that Town Council accept and
implement the recommendations contained in this letter.

Signed,

…. 57 merchants and building owners located in the King Street Heritage
District

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