St. John's Mayor Dennis O'Keefe addresses participants at the mayor's symposium Saturday, which launched the review of the city's municipal plan. — Photo by Dave Bartlett, The Telegram.
The city of St. John’s has started the process to review its municipal plan.
More than 100 people preregistered to take part in a mayor’s symposium Saturday at city hall, which will help guide the direction St. John’s takes over the next decade or so.
Over the four-hour session, people discussed a variety of issues in small groups and then voted on the ideas in real time using keypad technology. The technology then allowed the facilitators to post the result of each poll moments later on large screens in the room.
Topics included the quality of life, general land use, housing, recreation, heritage and economic growth.
There will be many other opportunities for the public to have their say as the review goes on over the next year-and -a-half or so.
While this meeting was fairly broad in scope, other public events will focus on neighbourhood and ward specific issues, as well as discuss in detail the broader topics at the symposium.
Over the morning a number of key issues were raised including the preservation of green space, a safer city to walk in, better public transit, more affordable and seniors housing and the challenge of balancing development with heritage and environment.
Full story in Monday’s print edition.