Town hosts community parties to encourage residents’ input into planning
Uniquely Stony Plain
The Town of Stony Plain has launched the first of six summer neighbourhood parties in the community. More than 120 residents came out to Graybriar Park on July 10 to take advantage of the beautiful evening, interact with their neighbours and share their vision, values and ideas for Stony Plain with members of Town Council and administration.
“It is very important that we receive residents’ input as we plan for the future,” says William Choy, mayor of Stony Plain. “It is an essential – and arguably the most important – part of the process. The fact so many people showed up to this event reflects how passionate and committed residents are to the on-going well-being of their community.”
The community summer parties are part of the “Uniquely Stony Plain” campaign, which is designed to facilitate public input in updating the Town’s Municipal Development Plan (MDP) – a long-term strategy that guides Stony Plain over the next 30 years.
The Town is mandated by the Province to have an MDP, which establishes a vision for the community; outlines policies and principles to accommodate growth responsibly; and provides direction to Council, administration, developers, property owners, businesses, organizations, citizens and adjacent municipalities for managing development within the community.
Last revised in 2005, the Town’s MDP incorporates a holistic approach, balancing land use priorities with cultural, social, environmental and economic dimensions of the community – in order to achieve long-term prosperity for present and future residents. While the plan addresses issues pertaining to land use, it also considers key matters pertaining to sustainability and quality of life.
At the onset of the revision process, the public is encouraged to provide responses to two key questions: “What do you like about Stony Plain?” and “What are your hopes and dreams for Stony Plain?” Residents who attended the party in Graybriar Park jotted down their thoughts and ideas on sticky notes that were then posted on a billboard. They also enjoyed a free hotdog BBQ and ice cream and some outdoor games.
Additional parties are scheduled in various neighbourhoods throughout Stony Plain in July and August. Residents can learn more about project, stay up-to-date on the process and share their ideas online.
The Town will continue to consult with the community throughout the process and will keep residents informed – through the Town’s websites, local media, Social Media and continued public engagement – about how public input contributes to decision-making and planning.
Photo gallery from Graybriar party
For more information, visit uniquelystonyplain.com.