Township of Severn is working in partnership with Lakehead University to complete a feasibility study for a property located in Port Severn that was donated to the municipality. This project is funded in part by the Mitacs Business Strategy Internship program. 

This initial phase of the project will include research and stakeholder consultation to help evaluate the potential for the bequeathed waterfront property to be redeveloped as a centre for arts, culture, recreation and/or heritage programming serving residents and visitors of the Port Severn area.

Comments and responses will be included in the initial feasibility report, and will play an important part in helping Severn determine the future use of the bequeathed property. 

Get involved

Residents and visitors will be invited to participate in a variety of engagement opportunities, including:

Comments and responses will be included in the initial feasibility report, and will play an important part in helping Severn determine the future use of the bequeathed property. 

Read more abut the study in the Information and Consent Letter.

Study Information and Research Consent Letter  

Attend the open house

All are welcome to attend. This is a drop-in event and registration is not required. 

Date: Wednesday , April 24, 2024

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Rawley Resort, Spa, and Marina (Rivers End Room), 2900 Kellys Road, Severn

The project team will answer questions from attendees and share some high-level results from the data collection phase through power point and display boards.

Online survey now closed

The survey was open to residents and visitors of Port Severn and the surrounding area. All residents of Severn were encouraged to complete the survey. If you do not reside in the Township of Severn, but you frequently access services in this area, you were also invited to take the survey. 

The survey opened on January 25 and closed on March 1 at 4:00 p.m.

FAQ

Review some frequently asked questions.

What is a feasibility study?

A feasibility study involves the assessment of the practicality of a proposed plan or method. These studies are completed to help make informed decisions on options, such as that presented to the Township as the recipient of the gift of this property. 

After careful review, it was determined that public consultation is needed to give the community a stronger and clearer voice in the development of this property and their community
overall. 

Some factors will be applied to the evaluation of the proposed uses, but overall, this phase of the feasibility study will focus on background research and stakeholder engagement.

Phase 2 (proposed) will involve the detailed analysis of the technical, legal, and operational considerations to evaluate the viability of the possible use. 

Why is this use being considered?

Severn completed a 15-year Recreation Master Plan (RMP) in late 2022. The RMP highlights a need to create an arts-focused community centre through redevelopment/renovation of the building and grounds at the Township’s recently bequeathed property in Port Severn.

The implementation of this recommendation from the RMP serves several objectives including:

  • addressing a deficiency in facilities for community arts development and programming
  • optimizing the use of a newly acquired Township-owned asset

What types of information will be gathered?

The feasibility study will include:

  • geographic context
  • research and background of the property
  • analysis of survey and interview results

Can I visit the property?

Please do not visit or access the property at anytime. Any unauthorized access to the property will be considered trespassing. 

How is the community being invited to participate?

 Opportunities to get involved include:
  • interviews with Council and staff
  • interviews with community stakeholders
  • online survey
  • an in-person public open house

How can I share my ideas about potential uses for the property?

The easiest way to share your comments is by completing the survey before the closing date of March 1. Similarly, questions, comments and ideas can be submitted by email, phone, or in writing on or before March 1, 2024. 

Read more abut the study in the Information and Consent Letter.

Study Information and Research Consent Letter  

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