What is a Master Plan?
A Master Plan is a dynamic long-term planning document that provides a vision and framework for a city’s future development. Usually covering a 10- to 20-year time frame, it is a long-term planning document that serves to orient growth, land use and preservation. A Master Plan can focus on enhancing a community’s livability, promoting change, preserving local character, ensuring diversity and more.
Does the Master Plan only relate to the mall sites?
No, it relates to the entire city. The mall sites are certainly offer the largest potential for redevelopment, but the Master Plan by no means is limited to them. It also includes issues like housing across the city, mobility, commercial and other uses, protecting green space and more.
What is a Zoning By-Law?
The Zoning By-Law controls the use of land on our territory, where buildings and structures can be located and the types of buildings permitted, in addition to lot sizes, setbacks, density, and parking ratios. By provincial law, every municipality must have a master plan and zoning by-law in effect. The Zoning By-Law has to reflect what is in the Master Plan, which is why they must be done together.
Will our opinions be taken into account?
All opinions will be considered in the creation of the Master Plan and Zoning By-Law Revision. With approximately 35,000 residents in the city, there are many points of view on a variety of subjects. All opinions will be considered, but not all will be able to be retained in the final drafts.
Will there be having in-person meetings?
The first and second public information sessions will be virtual. In the late summer, there will be an in-person Open House, and in-person public hearings.
How will you make sure all voices are heard?
We hired professional public consultation professionals to help ensure that we solicit the opinions from the public in a variety of ways.
Will the residents who live near a mall be able to vote directly on the redevelopment that will eventually be next door to them?
No, not directly. The Master Plan relates to the entire city, which includes all the mall sites, among many other things. The City will not be isolating any specific site to treat separately. During the official consultation process, which will take place once a draft version of the Master Plan and Zoning By-Law Revision is complete, residents across the city will get the chance to participate in a referendum process for the entire plan and by-law.
If the City hired the consultants, how can they be neutral?
The purpose of these consultations is to better understand the perspectives of our residents and stakeholders to inform the Master Plan and Zoning By-Law Revision. The consultants have no stake in the outcome. They were hired to be neutral, to moderate, and interpret what residents say. The consultants are certified IAP2 (International Association of Public Participation) practitioners and abide by the IAP2 core values.
Are these consultations part of a legal process?
No. This is an informal process so we can hear your ideas before we draft the Master Plan. The formal legal process will begin once the Master Plan and Zoning By-law are drafted next year.
Is there a referendum after this process?
There is no referendum after this informal consultation process. After the Master Plan and Zoning By-Law Revision get drafted, then a formal, legal process will take place that could potentially conclude with a referendum process.
How will I know what happens after the consultations are over?
This page will have news and updates related to the Master Plan and Zoning By-Law revision. See the About tab and the timeline for more information.
Are you consulting residents of other cities?
Our Public Information Sessions, Open House, and Public Hearings are open to anyone who wants to attend them. We will also formally be communicating with neighbouring municipalities as stakeholders.
What if we are not able to come to the consultations?
All the Public Information Sessions will be recorded and accessible at on this page. See the About tab and the timeline for more information. The public will also be able to provide their input whether they are able to attend or not.