Choices for Growth and Change

Choices for Change

Who is invited? 

Everyone in the Saint John community is encouraged to attend the PlanSJ Choices for Growth and Change Open House on Thursday, October 14th, 2010 from 4:00pm – 9:00pm in the Simonds High School gymnasium.  The event is family-friendly and children are welcome.

Where is it? 

Simonds High School is located at 1490 Hickey Road (insert map) and the gym is wheelchair accessible.
What is the agenda?  The Choices for Growth and Change event will include an Open House from 4:00pm – 6:00pm where everyone is welcome to drop in, view displays and information on the Choices and talk to the PlanSJ team one-on-one.  At 6:00pm, the PlanSJ team will give a presentation to explain the Choices as well as the research and public engagement that went into creating them, and will answers questions from the community.  From 7:00pm – 9:00pm there will be interactive workshop on the Choices. We encourage everyone to stay for this part of the event.

Who is the PlanSJ team?

The PlanSJ team consists of our Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) – 13 citizens who are advising the PlanSJ project team and Common Council on community-based issues during the development of the new Municipal Plan, staff from Urban Strategies an urban planning consultancy based in Toronto and planning staff from the City’s Community Planning Service.
What will we be talking about?  The Choices represent different ways that Saint John could choose to grow, change and develop over the next 25 years.  Our research and feedback from the community clearly shows that our current pattern of growth is not sustainable. We are looking for the community to comment on what they like, dislike, and would like to see changed about the Choices presented at the Open House.  The Choices are essentially areas where growth and change will be targeted in the future, and will be shown on maps and explained in other documents.