Planners with the County of Brant visited a couple of local elementary schools for World Town Planning Day and invited students to explore how communities are laid out.
BRANT COUNTY - The County of Brant is celebrating World Town Planning Day today.
General Manager of Development Services Pam Duesling says they are spending the day, talking to our future generations.
"To celebrate this event, County of Brant Planners went into local elementary schools and invited students to explore how communities are laid out and designed. Through interactive exercises, students had an opportunity to think about how the design of the community affects how we live and how good planning can address challenges.”
The Planners shared their passion with grades two, three and four students at Cobblestone Elementary School in Paris this morning. Duesling says that additional presentations will be occurring in other schools throughout the month.
"Our hope is to inspire young people and encourage them to think about their communities differently. Design can change how we live in and move around our community. Design can also have a positive impact on the environment."
Planners are responsible for upholding the policies as set out in the Official Plan. These policies speak to how the land can be used and what areas in the community can grow and how.
The launch of the new Official Plan was introduced at a Special Planning Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Pending Council’s endorsement of the work plan on November 26, 2019, a large public engagement strategy will be implemented. Citizens will be invited to provide feedback on various topics such as building healthy communities, housing mix, growth areas, maintaining agricultural lands and green space, environmental protection and much more. Once feedback has been received by the community, a community vision will be developed and policies will be created to support implementing this vision. It is then the Planners job to uphold the policies and overall, the community’s vision.