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April 20 public meeting on future of downtown as a mobility hub, overview of draft new Official Plan

A public meeting April 20 is the next step in the Destination Downtown series of community workshops that began in 2015 to provide community input into the city’s new Official Plan.

The community workshops brought together businesses, residents and developers to outline a vision for the downtown that can be included in the city’s next Official Plan. Background on this series of workshops is below.

Destination Downtown workshop


Date: Thursday, April 20

Time: 6:30pm

Place: Lion’s Club, 471 Pearl St.

The city has just released a new draft Official Plan but the details on the downtown will be held until city staff complete their work on Mobility Hubs, of which downtown is one. The April 20 public meeting is part of staff’s mobility hub work. The design of the meeting has yet to be set, but is expected to be similar to the other Destination Downtown workshops, featuring round-table discussions on a variety of topics related to the downtown, including height and density, greenspace, streetscaping, affordability, business development and attracting families downtown.

The draft Official Plan will be discussed by council at a Committee of the Whole workshop April 6. Residents can attend and listen, but as a workshop no delegations will be registered. The plan will then go out for general public input.

Read the report for the workshop:

PB-01-17 Draft New Official Plan ReportMarch 23FINAL

Link to the new Official Plan:

Destination Downtown workshops

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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