Canadian News – Saint John summit next step in Neighbourhood Action Plan – New Brunswick #News in #Canada

Input from residents and businesses will be a key part of the South Central Peninsula Action Plan in Saint John, organizers say.

A summit held over the past few days gathered input on a variety of topics of importance to the region.

While some issues will take years to deal with, organizers says the city is also looking at some potential quick fixes.

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“We need to look at garbage pickup, or we need to look at putting more garbage cans around,” said Action Plan chair Kay Gillis. “There are some smaller-scale things that I know the city is actually looking at, and they want to implement them right away.”

The city, meanwhile, says the information-gathering process is far from over, even as the summit will help put into context what they’ve already been hearing.

“We also still need to follow up and do a number of smaller engagements throughout the community to make sure that we’re hearing back from the full gamut of the Central Peninsula population,” said senior planner Jeff Cyr.

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The company leading the process believes that the community is engaged.

“They want to see positive change in their community,” said Mark Reid, a partner with Urban Strategies. “It’s about investing strategically to bring about additional reinvestment and revitalization of some of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods.”

A finalized plan is expected to be presented to Saint John council in early 2018.

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