On Thursday night members from the community got together to start creating a plan for the future of South Hill.
More than 40 residents attended the kickoff meeting of the pilot project of local area planning for the next 25 plus years for the South Hill neighbourhood at Riverview Collegiate.
“It’s really about engaging the community square-on in helping to plan for their future,” said Lenore Swystun, director of planning with Prairie Wild Consulting, a comprehensive community-based planning organization. “There’s been some great successes that have happened in South Hill and it’s how to continue that 25 years plus into the future.”
She said the Moose Jaw local planning process came about because of a $20,000 provincial grant. She said local area planning builds on the “framework of the vision of the city” and the process identifies what’s important to the community. She added the process would create a “road map for what they want to achieve.”
Further, Swystun said the comprehensive planning process would consist of another meeting in April, May and June. In the summer the planners will work to create a local area plan document with suggestions and recommendations. Afterward another public meeting will be held in the fall for residential input. Following that, the plan will be presented to city council.
“There’ll be other opportunities for people to get engaged in this process. There’s a Facebook site that’s called the South Hill local area plan and so you can tap into that,” said Swystun. “We’re going to be going out to the schools as well and asking the youth to be involved in it and talking to business owners … This is comprehensive planning at the neighbourhood level.”
For more information, see Friday's edition of the Times-Herald.