Re-Imagining Prudhommes

This morning I attended the session that marks the beginning of the public processes in the update of the Town of Lincoln Secondary Plan for the very impressive Prudhommes Waterfront Property that recently changed hands and is slated for development.

A very interesting discussion…. A very interesting presentation.
Let me see if I can capture some of the messages from the consulting group:

  • Think Big – How do you develop a gem waterfront property? You connect the dots… Take what you already have and bring it all together. Find ways to Connect the development to nearby Jordan Village, Balls Falls, Vineland, The Beacon Property, Charles Daley Park and you retain the authenticity of your community.
  • Make the necessary investments now to create the big, connected vision – Bigger vision creates business and employment.
  • Not just condos…. The possibilities are endless… residential, commercial, recreational, educational… There are three kilometres of waterfront in that 55 acre parcel..Think of places like Collingwood, Muskoka, Port Credit….
  • We have everything we need to make this “A centrepiece of a remarkable tourism and recreation experience” that is so “much more than the sum of it’s parts”
  • Walking and cycling trails, connecting the harbour to the Lake, renovation of the beautiful old stone trestle…
  • Toronto is talking about Ferry Service connecting places like Toronto Island, Mississauga, Ontario Place… Why not Niagara?

At this point all ideas only…

Will there be challenges? Yes… But the interest is strong. There were people in attendance today from The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, The Chamber of Commerce, The Twenty Valley Tourism Association, FBH Group (The developers) other Local Developers and Business People, Niagara Connects, The Niagara Region, The Town of Lincoln Council, Mayor and Staff, The Media, and abutting land owners and more….

Mayor Sandra Easton and Council and our CAO Mike Kirkopoulos recognize the incredible potential for this property and are aware that public involvement is key in the implementation of the complex planning and building process. We will therefore be continuing to create opportunities for public involvement and input.

Please consider attending the open house tomorrow night (Thursday the 8th) at The Fleming Centre from 4:00-7:00 where which you can review the results of today’s session, talk with the consultants, review information, ask questions, and most importantly – submit comments.

Dianne Rintjema,


What’s Happening with Prudhomme’s?

We’ve all heard that Prudhomme’s has changed hands and that the new owner plans to develop. All true…

What is the Town doing?
Council fully recognizes and appreciates the value and potential for this property and wants to ensure that it’s potential is maximized for all stakeholders. It has therefore undertaken to review and update the Prudhomme’s Secondary Plan (the site specific plans within the Town of Lincoln Official Planning Document which lay the vision for the development of that property).

Will there be public consultation through this review?
Yes. Mayor Easton and Council have made Public Input and Communication a priority in this process.
Keep your eye on the local paper, Town Website, Social Media, or call (905) 563-8205 to find out when any of the multiple public sessions/open houses/input opportunities will take place.

When is this going to start happening?
Very soon… Please attend the following if you can:

………*Sept 7th at 7pm The Fleming Centre
A Public Presentation and Question and Answer Session

………*Sept 8th from 4-7pm at The Fleming Centre
A Drop In Session to Review Work in Progress.


***The Regional Municipality of Niagara (Niagara Region) has completed a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for the section of Regional Road 81 (King Street) from Vinehaven Trail to 23rd Street, in the Town of Lincoln.
Public Comment Invited
***A Project File containing details of the study recommendations, as well as a description of the planning and public consultation process undertaken has been placed in the public record for a 30-day rev…iew period in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Class EA. The project file is available for review at the following locations beginning August 19, 2016:

Lincoln Public Library
Moses Rittenhouse Branch
4080 John Charles Boulevard, Vineland, ON

Hours: Monday to Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Clerk’s Department
Town of Lincoln
Clerk’s Department
4800 South Service Road,
Beamsville, ON

Hours: Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Clerk’s Department
Niagara Region
1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way
Thorold, ON

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Interested persons should provide written comments or questions to the Region through one of the following project team members:

John Rizzo, C.E.T.
Project Manager Transportation Engineering
Niagara Region
1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way
P.O. Box 1042
Thorold, Ontario L2V 4T7
905-980-6000, Ext. 3646
Fax: 905-685-0013
Andrew McGregor, MCIP, RPP
Senior Planner, EA & Approvals
Parsons Inc.
4342 Queen Street, Unit 407
Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 7J7
905-356-7003, Ext. 6409
Fax: 905-356-7008
Simon Ip, P.Eng.
V&S Engineering Group
53 Scott Street West
St. Catharines, ON L2R 1E2


Notice of Public Information Centre – Niagara Go Hub and Transit Stations Study

Notice of Public Information Centre

Niagara Go Hub and Transit Stations Study

Niagara Region is planning for the long term future of its communities. The extension of two-way GO Transit service to the Region is anticipated in the near future and is a critical component of achieving growth, prosperity and sustainability in Niagara. GO Transit in coordination with the Region and local municipalities has identified four future GO Transit stations in Niagara Region: located in Grimsby, Beamsville (Lincoln), St. Catharines, and Niagara Falls.

The purpose of this study is to complete the planning framework and implementation program to guide the development of the four stations and surrounding areas. The goal is to create transit supportive environments that support intensification, foster economic development, encourage multi-modal transportation networks, and make efficient use of regional and local infrastructure/services.

This work requires input from residents and stakeholders throughout the study to ensure that the results meet the expectations of community members and achieve the growth and sustainability goals for the Region and local municipalities. To commence the project with the community, the Region and local municipalities are holding four public consultation events, one in each municipality for which a station is being planned. The events will provide an introduction to the study, outline the study goals and objectives, provide information on best practices for station area planning and design, and begin a conversation around the vision for each station area. Attendees will be involved in helping to establish the station area vision by working with a team of designers and planners through an interactive workshop. Details regarding the public consultation event are provided below. All interested attendees are welcome.

Lincoln Public Open House

Date: June 23, 2016
Location: Fleming Centre Concourse, 5020 Serena Drive, Beamsville
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

The public open house will run from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and include the following activities:

  • 6:30-6:45pm: Doors open, open house to review display boards
  • 6:45-7:05pm: Presentation
  • 7:05-8:10pm: Visioning Workshop
  • 8:15-8:30pm: Group Discussion/Wrap-up

If you require any accommodations for a disability in order to attend and participate in meetings or events, please let us know in advance so that arrangements can be made in a timely manner. Special accessibility accommodations and materials in alternate formats can be arranged by contacting the Niagara Region’s Accessibility Advisory Coordinator at 905-980-6000 ext. 3252 or

For more information please visit:

Are You Paying Attention To SENIORS?

If you weren’t paying attention to seniors in Niagara… You probably will now.

Have a look at the "Compelling Demographics" on page #10 of tonight’s Council Report:

GO Rail to Niagara

GO TRANSIT…. Have a look here within tonight’s Committee Report… The Region is working together with Lincoln, Grimsby, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls to establish and plan for "Transit Hubs" for Go Rail.

NOTE also that Grimsby is having a very interesting "Local Transit Symposium" on April 21st from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Grimsby Town Hall…


Please be advised that Greenlane Road, between King Street and Mountainview Road, will be closed during the weeks of April 4 to 8, 2016; and April 11 to 15, 2016, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. This road closure is required for the construction of the new approach to the roundabout for the Intersection and Watermain Improvements on Regional Road 81 (King Street) at Durham Road and Greenlane in the Town of Lincoln. Please use alternate routes during this phase of construction.

TOWN OF LINCOLN – Tell Us What You Want To Know

The Town of Lincoln is looking for public input in order to ensure that the information that you are most interested in is available, transparent and easy to use.

We need your help to determine what information users require to live, work, study or play in the Town of Lincoln.

What Happened at the Ward Meeting?

As most of you know Councillor Foster and I held another open agenda Ward meeting last Thursday to get a sense of what is happening in our Ward and to just have relaxed dialogue about our Town.

We were very happy that people enjoyed the open forum and stayed for the whole meeting to chat and sip coffee.

Below is the follow-up letter sent out the next day ….for your information.

Please feel free to contact either Councillor Foster ( or me ( with questions or to provide further input and/or to be added to the email list.

Good Evening Everyone;

Thank You very much for attending our Ward Meeting tonight. The conversation was fulsome and lively with a few laughs in there for good measure. Good discussions… Good Points… It is so nice to have the opportunity to listen in a casual setting like we had tonight.

For those of you on Facebook… Go to “Town of Lincoln, Ontario” and “like” our page. Councillor Foster created the page and he and I update it regularly (staff will soon take it over once we implement our new social media policy). It is just one of the actions Council is taking to increase communication in accordance with our Future Focus Plan. We want to communicate with residents… and particularly with those that are interested (like yourselves)…. and we do our best to update it regularly.

Below is a précis of what we heard from you tonight. We have taken note and will keep your contributions and suggestions in mind as we continue. If there is any measurable progress or change related to that which was discussed tonight we will do our best to contact you and let you know.


1.Speeding on Lincoln Avenue… What can be done?
2.Bylaw enforcement… Clean Yards, Signs, broken down cars in driveways, open fires in the Urban Boundary. The Town needs to move to a more proactive model
3.The Town should be proactive in ensuring that development does not create issues for abutting existing development, particularly drainage issues
4.Is there a water pressure issue particularly on Ontario Street?5.Consider the benefits of a full-time bylaw enforcement officer… one that lives in the Municipality and therefore has “skin in the game”. Costs related to having a Full Time Equivalent position can be recouped through fines.
6.Parking is an issue in Lincoln Square. Consider this for any further development and what can be done to help with the existing issue?
7.The on-street parking on Greenlane s/s, East of Ontario Street is dangerous as cars move out into the opposite lane to pass. Also discussed was the Town’s plans to develop parking on the opposite side of the street through a cost-sharing situation when the parcel across the road is developed. Also discussed was the benefits of parked cars as a traffic calming measure
8.General discussion about speed with the urban boundary. Please take action on any studies undertaken on this rather than let them “sit”.
9.Stormwater management Pond at Greenlane and Bartlett needs to be cleaned up – garbage gets caught on the fence and looks a mess.
10.Planting further trees (and replacing the ones that have died) in Hilary Bald Park would create much needed shady areas. Discussed was OntarioGreen’s proposal to work with Town Staff to rally volunteers and obtain funding to replant and naturalize sparse areas in the Town. Also discussed was the development proposal for Lincoln Ave just North of King Street where the woodlot is. Can some of those native trees be repurposed?
11.Hilary Bald Park: Vandalism would be curbed with lighting along walkways.
12.Ontario Street is the gateway road into Beamsville… How can we beautify it? Signs clutter the view
13.Ash Trees… Where is the Town in its work to replace these trees?        14.Federal Funding… Are we better off to think collectively at the Regional level to go after this money in the future? Example discussed is transit… we need to get our heads around transit as a Region
15.Downtown Beamsville. What can we do to fill in the storefronts? What is being done about the empty property beside the Hardware Store… and the former Mister Convenience?

Again – Thank You….We are very pleased with the meeting tonight and will keep your addresses on file to let you know of any future Ward meetings.