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Central Peninsula is Taking Shape

25-May-2017

The City of Saint John announced the launch of “Taking Shape,” the Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Action Plan (Action Plan)—a critical tool to guide and encourage positive development  in the Saint John’s core urban neighbourhood.
 
The Action Plan will enable the community to shape the areas where residents live, work and play by using a comprehensive community engagement process. Guided by a Neighbourhood Action Team, Urban Strategies and the City’s Growth and Community staff the Plan will result in concrete actions, programs and services the City and community partners can use to implement PlanSJ, the City’s Municipal Plan at the neighbourhood level.
 
The Central Peninsula Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan was funded in part by a 132,200 dollar grant provided through the Government of Canada’s Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Green Municipal Fund™, a 25,000 dollar New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government Environmental Trust Fund grant for Sustainable Development and a 10,000 dollar contribution from Uptown Saint John. 
 
“Focusing on strategic investment to Saint John’s core will accelerate growth in our urban centre, reduce urban sprawl, and encourage a livable and fiscally sustainable community,” said Don Darling, Mayor, City of Saint John. “It’s an exciting time for Saint John because the Neighbourhood Action Plan builds on the foundation and the initiatives outlined in our Roadmap for Smart Growth and Council Priorities 2016-2020. It provides direction for a transformation of the Central Peninsula in Saint John.”
 
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) with 550 million dollars to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. An additional 125 million dollars top-up to this endowment was also announced in Budget 2016 and will be added to the Fund in 2017-18. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality and climate protection.
 
"The Green Municipal fund was developed to help communities plan for a sustainable future while addressing some of today's biggest environmental challenges,” said Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources. “The Government of Canada is proud to contribute to Saint John’s sustainable development efforts which will improve the quality of life for the Central Peninsula neighbourhood.”
 
“FCM is proud to help communities like Saint John lead the way on environmental, social and economic sustainability,” said Clark Somerville, FCM President. “Today’s investment will lead to a better quality of life for local residents. At the same time, this is the kind of local innovation that can inspire other communities on the path to a greener Canada.”
 
The New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government’s Environment Trust Fund provides assistance for action-oriented projects with tangible, measurable results, aimed at protecting, preserving and enhancing the Province's natural environment. There are six categories of projects eligible for financial assistance: protection, restoration, sustainable development, conservation, education, and beautification. 
 
Uptown Saint John is the official voice of more than 650 business and property owners operating in Uptown’s 20-block Business Improvement Area (BIA). It works closely with members to address their issues and to promote a common agenda in the development of the uptown.
 
“I am thrilled the Federal and Provincial governments recognize the value of enhancing our Central Peninsula for residents and the broader community. Working in partnership with them and our local partners to fund critical initiatives is a priority for the City of Saint John and essential to the success of our economic growth and development” said Darling. “I am so pleased we have the opportunity to strengthen these partnerships and create shared value for our citizens.”
 
Since receiving Common Council approval and awarding consulting services, preliminary stakeholder engagement and research has been conducted to inform the Neighbourhood Action Plan direction and process, including: 20 stakeholder interviews and focus group sessions; meetings with the Neighbourhood Action Team, City’s project team and Common Council; and a three-hour walking tour of the Central Peninsula.

For more information about the Project, visit www.saintjohn.ca