The ways in which our cities grow and evolve have significant effects on our physical health and the health of our environment. Currently, there is a growing desire by the public to engage in these planning processes, and at the same time an increased commitment by decision-makers to have public consultation inform their plans. The NeighborPLAN program will support three Peterborough neighbourhoods, Brookdale, Downtown Jackson’s Creek, and Talwood, as they developed the tools, confidence, relationships, and language necessary to influence the services and programs that matter to them.
The NeighbourPLAN program will strive to:
- Support the creation of products that contribute to concrete enhancements that reflect residents’ vision;
- Engender a sense of capacity among residents to influence planning and consultation outcomes; and,
- Create more meaningful and consistent opportunities for engagement.
#1 You are an expert!
Residents have rich knowledge about the public spaces, streets, and sidewalks in their neighbourhood. You know what works, and what doesn’t. Your expertise is valuable and it can improve planning outcomes in your area.
#2 Planning can be fun!
Opportunities to share your ideas should be interactive, inclusive, and fun. Our process brings planning opportunities to the places where you already gather, live, work, and play. You can share your ideas while meeting neighbours, making friends, and having fun.
#3 Combining knowledge creates strong outcomes!
We invite planning and design professionals into the process to help translate your visions into design solutions. Professional knowledge should support and reinforce residents’ visions.
#4 Collaboration is key!
Bringing residents together with strategic partners (like community organizations, the City, and public health) creates relationships that help bring your visions to life.
#5 Your Vision is a living document!
Once the neighbourhood vision is created, we support you to advocate for the changes you would like to see. The full vision may not come to life right away, but it is a valuable tool to inform upcoming planning, development, and transportation projects in your neighbourhood.
Between 2014 and 2016, GreenUP led the Active Neighbourhoods Canada (ANC) Project in Peterborough, Ontario as part of a national pilot project championed by the Montréal Urban Ecology Centre (MUEC) and the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation.
The project engaged residents in 12 neighbourhoods across Canada in the process of reimagining and shaping public spaces in their neighbourhoods. Creative and responsive mechanisms were used to involve those traditionally excluded from formal planning processes. At the end of the pilot, each neighbourhood had developed portraits, guiding principles, key priorities, new skills, and lasting relationships that helped to articulate a new vision for the neighbourhood.
In 2017, GreenUP received an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to expand this project into three new neighbourhoods through NeighbourPLAN.
Program Contact Information
Name: Laura Keresztesi
Position: NeighbourPLAN Coordinator
Phone: 705-745-3238 ext. 206