Notes from the Chair
The official neighbourhood plan is a BIG thing for our neighbourhood and something that we have been advocating for over the past several years. The decision to proceed reflects our long worked for standing and respect with the city and provides us with a real opportunity to shape the long term future of the neighbourhood. Aside from the detailed planning involved it also has the potential to strengthen our relationship with city hall and influence the processes that impact us. The plan will likely take about a year and will involve a fair bit of work. Hopefully you will all be interested in the process and helping out where possible.
We will be voting in our new board at the AGM on December 3. Anyone interested in standing please let me know in advance (250 754 0677) and I’ll get you on the ballot. A reminder that anyone standing for office or wishing to vote needs to be a resident of the south end and a member in good standing of SECA for the three months prior to the AGM.
My best wishes for all of you as we head into the holiday season!
A Neighbourhood Plan for the South End!
Finally it’s a reality. SECA has long been advocating for an official neighbourhood plan and Wednesday, November 19 marked the beginning of an exciting and important chapter for our neighbourhood. The SECA executive met with representatives from the City Planning Department to begin discussions about how the process will unfold over the next year.
The purpose of the neighbourhood plan is to provide residents and businesses with an opportunity to shape the way that we want to see out neighbourhood develop in the future. The plan deals with all kinds of land use issues, park and recreation amenities and any other important issues that we believe impacts our neighbourhood now and in the future.
The goal is to involve as many people as possible in the process so that everyone gets to contribute to the plan. To that end the Steering Committee in conjunction with various city planners will be hosting a series of open houses and workshops with a goal of inviting participation and informing the neighbourhood about the plan’s progress and development.
The planning process is a collaboration between residents and city officials who will guide the process, provide various resources, and ensure that the plan develops in a way that is consistent with the principles outlined in the Official Community Plan.
Ultimately our plan will be presented to council for ratification, and should, in theory, guide planning and development in the neighbourhood for years to come. The plan will allow us to address land use issues such as:
the problems associated with locating residential and industrial together
the kind of housing density that we might want to encourage
the Nicol Street corridor
parks and recreation
ways that we can address the social issues that are such a concern to all of us.
Change is a slow and difficult process but it starts with a vision of where we want to go, an appreciation for our many strengths and resources and a determination to see it through to fruition. Watch this space for more details!