Strengthen North Grenville
On August 4th, the Municipality of North Grenville (Ontario) launched the 2014 Official Plan Review and it has partnered with PlaceSpeak to make sure that community consultation is thorough and accessible to all residents.
The Official Plan determines how their community will grow and develop over time. It serves as a foundation for all policies, regulations, and decisions about land use and development to make sure present and future community needs are met. The Municipality is using PlaceSpeak as an exciting and innovative way to get community input on ‘hot topics’ as they begin the 2014 Official Plan Review process.
PlaceSpeak is a location-based online tool to enhance public participation. It connects residents with issues in their own neighbourhood to promote meaningful dialogue on local issues. Residents can create an account and get involved on their schedule and from the comfort of their own home.
We are always looking for new, innovative tools that make it easy for North Grenville residents to get involved in municipal affairs at their leisure. PlaceSpeak has received much acclaim across Canada and we are excited to join forces with them for this pilot project. The Planning Department hopes residents will get involved in this community discussion.
—Forbes Symon, Director of Planning and Development for the Municipality
We are delighted that North Grenville chose PlaceSpeak to conduct their Official Plan Review. This is our first Eastern Ontario consultation. By deploying PlaceSpeak, North Grenville is on the cutting edge of public participation technology, and we hope that our location-based approach will help encourage dialogue and discussion about local topics, and enable informed decisions based on the community’s input.
—PlaceSpeak CEO, Colleen Hardwick
As of August 4th, area residents will be able to get engaged in the online discussion by visiting www.placespeak.com/StrengthenNG.
Residents will also be able to learn more about PlaceSpeak and receive tech support by attending community tutorials at the North Grenville Municipal Centre and the North Grenville Public Library.
- Wednesday, August 6th, 2014, 2-4pm and 6-8pm. North Grenville Public Library, 1 Water Street, Kemptville
- Thursday, August 7th, 2014, 2-4pm and 6-8pm. North Grenville Municipal Centre, 285 County Road #44, Kemptville
- Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, 2-4pm and 6-8pm. North Grenville Public Library, 1 Water Street, Kemptville
- Thursday, August 14th, 2014, 2-4pm and 6-8pm. North Grenville Municipal Centre, 285 County Road #44, Kemptville
North Grenville Official Plan
The North Grenville Official Plan (OP) sets out how our community will grow and develop over time. It serves as a foundation for all policies, regulations, and decisions about land use and development and ensures that present and future community needs are met. This includes identifying where different types of housing will be located, and planning for schools, parks, public facilities and other service requirements.
The OP also anticipates the commercial, agricultural, and industrial growth required to support the community, and restricts what can be done on lands that are environmentally sensitive or hazardous to protect their natural environment.