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.
Between 2014 and 2016, GreenUP led the Active Neighbourhoods Canada (ANC) Project in Peterborough, Ontario. The project sought to engage residents in the process of reimagining and shaping public spaces in their neighbourhoods as part of a larger, national pilot project championed by the Montréal Urban Ecology Centre (MUEC) and the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation,
The ANC project used creative and responsive mechanisms to engage residents who have traditionally been excluded from formal planning processes. This pilot project took place in Peterborough’s Stewart Street neighbourhood and its achievements were rigorously evaluated and highly celebrated.
In 2017, GreenUP received an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to expand this project into three new neighbourhoods, called the NeighbourPLAN Project.
Program Contact Information
Name: Laura Keresztesi
Position: NeighbourPLAN Coordinator
Phone: 705-745-3238 ext. 206