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Have your say on Downtown Development

As the city is in the middle of an Official Plan Review, it provides us with an opportunity to bring together residents, city staff, and developers that own major parcels of land downtown to collaborate with the goal of reaching a shared vision for future development in the downtown. If we can achieve this consensus, we have an opportunity during the Official Plan review to make holistic changes to the plan, if we think the plan should be changed. This would help to avoid site-specific amendments in between the five year review periods, and ideally bring more certainty to both developers and residents about how the downtown can and should be developed. Developments that conform to existing Official Plan and Zoning provisions can be processed more quickly, and we’d achieve greater planning peace, with developers and residents collaborating together, rather than at odds. I will be working with city planning staff, residents associations and the development community to undertake some community consultations with residents to talk about what our downtown should look like over the next 5 years. Stay tuned for more information.


Written by Marianne Meed Ward

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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