Public Information Meeting re the Participatory Budgeting Process


Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall
In March, 2012, the Ward 1 office sent out an email inviting community members to apply to become a member of the Ward 1 Participatiory Budgeting Advisory Committee.  The purpose of the committee is to make recommendations on how Ward 1 “Area Rating Dollars” should be spent.
The Committee has been meeting regularly and now invites you to a public meeting to give you an update on its progress and to explain how you can become involved by submitting ideas.
All of the background information that has been provided to the committee, the committee names and the 2012 projects are posted on Brian’s website at http://www.brianmchattie.ca/page2.php?id=228.
In addition, a new feature called the Ward 1 Neighbourhood Explorer has been added to the website.  This is an innovative tool designed to assist in public engagement and consultation.  Developed by CCS Urban Research, the tool gives you a bird’s-eye view of your neighbourhood, showing community services and infrastructure that exists today, along with upcoming improvements. 
The Explorer can highlight everything from parks and recreation centres to planned cycling routes and new residential developments.  Users can select and toggle different layers of interest and even view the Explorer on newer mobile phones and tablets to show their current location relative to the services and infrastructure on the Explorer map. This tool is intended to help you when you make suggestions for improvements. 
Go to http://www.brianmchattie.ca and click on the Neighbourhood Explorer button on the left side at the bottom of the menu or go directly to http://www.geostreet.ca/ward1
We will followup with further information next week.
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