The draft land use plan developed is as shown in
6.1. In the plan the site is viewed as three distinct areas
or zones. Land behind the SYSCO wharf is best suited as a bulk commodity
terminal and other uses requiring adjacent access to the wharf.
Uses in this area should be restricted to those that absolutely
require an immediate adjacency to the wharf and waterfront (e.g.,
offshore fabrication facili-ties).
The middle section of the site was set aside for heavier industries
and manufac-turing that require access to the site's core infrastructure
of power, rail, process water and sewer. Industries in this area
can have access to the wharf via an access road and rail, and should
be laid out to facilities this flow of goods. This area is also
conductive to the establishment of environmental industries.
Lighter industrial lands abut the existing commercial uses on Disco
Street and Terminal Road. These uses will tend to have a smaller
footprint, and will be lo-cating there to provide support services
to uses in the other two zones. These lands are expected to take
longer to build out, and may also incorporate uses that support
the Sydney Downtown, such as auto dealers, mini-storage facilities,
warehouse showrooms, etc.
The SYSCO and Coke Ovens sites divided the community of Sydney.
The draft plan also included the re-establishment of a road network
to reconnect downtown and Ashby with the community of Whitney Pier,
while simultaneously providing improved truck access to the SYSCO
property. A new bridge was proposed across Muggah Creek at Ferry
Street to provide a direct connection from SYSCO to downtown Sydney.