NeighbourPLAN Program

The NeighbourPLAN program used a collaborative process, known as co-design, to support three Peterborough/Nogojiwanong neighbourhoods in reimagining public space in their neighbourhoods.

Through the NeighbourPLAN program, we connected with over 1,000 residents, listening to stories about how the design of public space in their neighbourhoods impacts their daily lives. The stories we heard emphasized the varied and deeply personal experiences that residents have with the built environment, and drew attention to the small design features that can have a significant impact.

With each neighbourhood we developed a Portrait and Vision Document – tools to help residents advocate for change, and information we hope will be used by the municipality and community partners to inform future projects.

Explore the work that has been done and let us know what you think!

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Program History

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 (TCAT).

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.

Click to view a summary of the National ANC Project and the Ontario ANC Project.

In 2017, GreenUP received an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to expand this project into three new neighbourhoods through NeighbourPLAN.

GreenUP continued work closely with TCAT in developing Portraits and Visions for the Jackson Park-Brookdale, Downtown Jackson Creek, and Talwood neighbourhoods. Through regular neighbourhood meetings, community events, walking tours, workshops, going door-to-door, and pop-up map chats we connected with over 1,000 residents, hearing about their experiences of public space in their neighbourhoods, and what they’d like to see improved. Though each neighbourhood was unique, residents shared common dreams of: slower car traffic, better pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, improved connectivity and accessibility, more gardens, and more neighbourhood social events to build a better sense of connection.

Program Contact Information

Name: Laura Keresztesi
Position: Program Coordinator
Phone: 705-745-3238 ext. 206
Fax: 705-745-4413
Email: laura.keresztesi@greenup.on.ca

Partners

Peterborough Public Health

Peterborough Public Health

City of Peterborough

City of Peterborough

Trent University

Trent University

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Ontario Trillium Foundation

John Howard Society

John Howard Society

Centre for Active Transportation

Centre for Active Transportation

Montreal Urban Ecology Centre

Montreal Urban Ecology Centre

Nourish

Nourish

Peterborough Housing Corporation

Peterborough Housing Corporation

PARN

PARN

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