In March 2017 GSP Group Inc., was retained by the Township to lead us through the process to complete a Community Growth Plan (CGP). GSP Group, with offices in Kitchener and Hamilton, had a broad range of experience with Growth Management strategies, especially within Southwestern Ontario, and after a formal RFP process beat out five other companies for the project.
Wellington North council recognized the importance of having a Growth Management Strategy to ensure community preparedness and to also ensure the alignment of investment with land use, infrastructure, transportation, and community service. A key component of the process was community and stakeholder consultation in order to ensure consultation and consensus building on the future vision for the Township of Wellington North.
One of the first activities was to establish a Community Growth Plan Steering Committee. This committee was comprised of all members of council, eleven community members as well as Municipal and County staff representatives. This committee provided leadership, direction, and guidance throughout the process and upon completion of the project recommended the final version of the Community Growth Plan be approved and adopted by Wellington North council. A Community Growth Plan Working Group, comprised of Wellington North and Wellington County staff representatives, was also established to work closely with GSP throughout the process. Community Growth Plan Community Engagement was also an important component of the project and included:
- 240+ people participated through the completion of an on-line survey.
- 100+ people attended one of the four public meetings/ stakeholder engagement sessions.
- Written comments were received from the Wellington North Youth Action Council as well as the Upper Grand District School Board.
Input from the survey and public forums was used to complete the final report which was adopted by Wellington North council on February 26th, 2018.