To the editor:
I am writing to express my concerns in removing Cape Pond Ice and 65 Rogers St. (the I-4, C-2 property) from the state’s Designated Port Area listings.
I am a new resident of Gloucester and have been attending meetings concerning the review of the DPA.
I attended the Planning Board meeting on Aug. 14, and at the meeting, City Councilor Paul McGeary gave any update of the Harbor Plan Committee to the Planning Board.
He said that the City has hired a consultant to help review the DPA and provide financial and economic incentives as well as address legal concerns. He also said that the Harbor Plan Committee is still gathering information and has no recommendations for changes to the DPA. McGeary did state that he expected “great flexibility while retaining the intention” of the DPA.
I would like to remind the City Council and the Planning Board that the mayor has requested a planning process for the harborfront. From the Gloucester Daily Times on Sept. 25:
“Mayor Carolyn Kirk announced the start of the planning process to renew the city’s Harbor and Designated Port Area Master Plan last week. The plan will be funded with a $125,000 grant from the Seaport Advisory Council, according to a release from Kirk’s office.”
I am writing to express that I am against removing any properties from the DPA until the Harbor Plan Committee has finalized its recommendations.
I am also writing to remind City Council and the Planning Board that the discussions concerning the DPA at this time are pre-empting the process initiated by the mayor.