Background work to inform the planning process:
Two reports have been completed so far are the Land Suitability Analysis and the Baseline Infrastructure Analysis.
The Land Suitability Analysis report provides an assessment of forested areas, wetlands and watercourses, steep slopes, potential contamination, and heritage and cultural landscapes. The report identifies areas that are suitable for development and areas that should be preserved for open space.
The Base Line Infrastructure report examines the surrounding water distribution, wastewater collection, and transportation systems (roads, transit, and active transportation) and reviews the opportunities and challenges that will have to be considered in the design of the new community.
What roles to citizens have in the planning process?
Community engagement is an important part of the planning process. Regional Council appointed members of the Port Wallace Public Participation Committee in 2014 to oversee public engagement and to make recommendations regarding the secondary planning strategy. The committee meets on an ad-hoc basis. The meetings are open to the public and the agendas are posted ahead of time.
How has the broader community been involved in this planning process?
Since the planning process began in 2014, two community meetings and one community workshop have taken place.
The first community information meeting on June 5, 2014, at the Port Wallis United Church, included a staff presentation [PDF] about the planning process followed by a question and answer period. Meeting notes [PDF] summarize what took place.
A Community Planning Workshop was held on June 11, 2014, at the Stevens Road United Baptist Church. The community was provided with a map of the planning area [PDF] and an opportunity to meet with the consultants for the property owners. Residents provided their input on significant environmental, cultural and heritage features in the area and this input was captured in the notes from the community workshop [PDF].
At a public meeting held on May 26, 2016, a Land Suitability Analysis report and a Baseline Infrastructure Analysis report were presented. Two presentations were explained these reports to the community: