Welcome to the Municipal Blog relating to the 5 Year Review of the Municpality of Meaford Official Plan. Please note that this blog is not intended to replace formal public consultation under the Planning Act but is instead meant to be a forum for information sharing on topics and ideas relating the review and community planning in general. Feel free to post comments or questions. Also be sure to visit the Municipal Webste (here) for additional information about the Official Plan Review.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Embrace the Now...A Blog for Meaford Planning

Last fall, I had the opportunity to attend a conference held by the Ontario Professional Planner's Institute, of which I am a newly minted member. One of the workshops at the conference was presented by Community Planner Mark Bryan and Robert Voight, Manager of Planning and Infrastructure Projects, both with the Town of Collingwood. The session focused on how Collingwood has embraced technology to help them communicate more effectively with the community on planning and land use matters. For example, Robert hosts a blog for each project on-the-go in the Town of Collingwood to allow a forum for informal discussion and information sharing.

We loved this idea!

And with the ongoing review and update of the Municipality of Meaford Official Plan, we couldn't think of a better opportunity to get going on starting a blog of our own.

As project manager and blogger, it is my goal to use this forum to share information on key concepts and ideas relating to the Official Plan review and to generate discussion on draft policies as we move forward through the policy development process. We will also post information regarding consultations and public meetings as well as status updates regarding how things are progressing with the review.

Being new to blogging, I plan to ease into it with the goal of 2 or so weekly posts (hopefully inciting  spirited discussions to follow).

I encourage you to spread the word about the blog - the more the merrier - and should you have specific topics, questions or concerns that you'd like to discuss, feel free to contact me either through comment feeds or by telephone/email.

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