Join The Conversation, Take The Surveys About Our Growing City
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Guelph, Ontario – Get involved in developing Guelph’s growth management strategy by joining planning experts for a free talk about what it means to be a growing city on Thursday, February 27.
“Guelph is growing and changing,” explains Todd Salter, Guelph’s chief planner and general manager of Planning and Building Services. “Creating the community we want takes time and requires thoughtful planning and engagement with the people who live and work in our city.”
Guelph 2041: A conversation about a growing city takes place at the Delta Conference Centre, 50 Stone Road West. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the event runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Changemakers And Academics Share Planning Insights
The event features three speakers with experience in city planning:
- Jennifer Keesmaat, head of The Keesmaat Group and previously Toronto’s chief city planner, talking about how we can use land in a fundamentally different way to create sustainable communities.
- Todd Salter, general manager of Planning and Building Services/Chief Planner for the City of Guelph talking about Guelph’s growth story, and how and where Guelph can grow sustainably while fostering our unique city identity.
- Pamela Robinson, director and associate professor with the Faculty of Community Services, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University, talking about what it means to be a community that welcomes new neighbours and embraces change as we grow.
“Everyone is welcome to join us as we talk about the challenges and opportunities of growth,” says Melissa Aldunate, manager of Policy Planning and Urban Design. “This conversation will set the stage for engaging our community around Guelph’s growth management strategy for the next 20 years. If this is a subject you’re passionate about, you’ll want to hear this talk and stay involved as we continue this important planning work.”
Attendees will have a chance to provide input on the vision and principles for how the City plans Guelph’s growth to 2041. In addition, community members and stakeholders can complete online surveys at links below from February 6-March 8 to share their thoughts about future growth in Guelph.
“Guelph needs to plan to meet provincial growth forecasts of a population of 191,000 and 101,000 jobs by 2041. How we meet those forecasts is up to us,” adds Aldunate.
The Ontario government recently updated its plan for managing growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Guelph must now update its strategy for growth and the Official Plan to comply with Provincial requirements.
Shaping Guelph: Guelph’s Growth Management Strategy
Guelph needs to plan to meet provincial growth forecasts of a population of 191,000 and 101,000 jobs by 2041. How we meet those forecasts is up to us. Growth doesn’t mean putting high-rise apartment buildings in every neighbourhood; thoughtful planning will identify the right growth for all areas of the city so that Guelph can attract new residents, businesses and services that add to our community. Planning how and where we grow helps us create a people-oriented city full of essential amenities, walkable neighbourhoods, thriving community hubs and an interconnected transportation network. We need your help to develop a Guelph-made approach to accommodate this growth.