Hendsbee is a dinosaur when it comes to urban planning. He is anti-bike from a transportation point of view, typical of old, rural councillors.
He brought this forward because it’s in his district, is currently unused and would benefit the people who seemingly can’t help themselves by voting him back in again and again. He sees MBH as someone who could make that a reality for him without a lot of effort on his part and he comes out looking the hero to his constituents.
That said, land is land, and if it’s possible to build good trails on this space, we shouldn’t pass it up. But we should definitely be wary of these ‘gifts’, and ensure that if anything were to be developed that it was limited to non-motorized use, otherwise it’s a no go for me.