Domtar land development would ‘move this city’: Clement

The entrance to the Cornwall city council chambers. (Newswatch Group/File)

CORNWALL – A Cornwall councillor believes development of the former Domtar lands would be a giant catalyst for tourism.

“As a city, we have to communicate (to the landowners) and could move this city into a whole new category of tourism,” Bernadette Clement said.

Clement made her comments as council accepted the latest semi-annual report from Paris Holdings on their work on the property.

Paris Holdings has been doing significant environmental work and testing on the site but any development couldn’t proceed until that contamination is cleaned up.

Coun. Denis Carr asked about the existing chimneys on the property and whether they will be taken down.

Infrastructure General Manager John St. Marseille said there’s been no information on the future of those smokestacks but Carr asked for more information from the developers.

The site is still zoned industrial but Economic Development Manager Mark Boileau suggested that would change with the city’s Official Plan review this year.

Council accepted the report but took no further action Monday night.