PlanMoncton - Urban Growth Strategy

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Follow-up: Growth and Development Stakeholder Meeting

On October 14, 2021, a meeting with growth and development stakeholders was held online, providing preliminary information on growth projections relating to the Urban Growth Strategy. The meeting concluded with general discussion and for participants to provide questions and comments.

To get a snapshot of the information shared, check out the PDF of the presentation, found in the Resources/Info section on the right. Recordings of the session is also included.


Follow-up: Public sessions

On September 21, 2021, two public sessions were held online, providing an opportunity to learn more about the City’s Urban Growth Strategy, as well as the chance to ask questions and provide comments.

To get a snapshot of the information shared, check out the PDF of the presentation, found in the Resources/Info section on the right. Recordings of both sessions are also included.


Context

The City of Moncton is currently the largest and fastest growing municipality in New Brunswick. The City is launching its first Urban Growth Strategy to help manage where and how residential and employment growth should occur in Moncton over the next 25 years. The data and information gathered to create this document will become the foundation for Moncton’s upcoming Municipal Plan Review (2022).

The City has retained professional consultants Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. (in conjunction with The Planning Partnership and SCS Consulting Group) to lead the project. Based on a comprehensive community engagement program and various technical information, the consultants will be developing and recommending various city-wide and local growth scenarios.

This project is critical to the future planning of our city, as it will highlight:

  • How citizens wish to see the city grow over the next 25 years
  • The fiscal implications of various growth scenarios (meaning the impact on the City’s budget and, by extension, on property taxes)
  • The short- and long-term benefits and risks associated with various growth scenarios.

The recommended city-wide and local growth scenarios will serve as our guiding compass to help shape a future development form that is both environmentally and fiscally sustainable.


Community Engagement

Getting feedback from Moncton’s citizens is a crucial ingredient in the Urban Growth Strategy. Residents who participate will be helping to shape the future direction of the City.

How can you participate?

Community engagement opportunities will happen at key points in this project, over the next six months or so. This page will serve as the informational hub for the project, so please check back regularly to stay informed.

Autumn 2021 Engagement Activities:

  • August 2021: Consultation sessions with general community stakeholder groups (register by clicking on the 'Book a conversation' tab below)
  • September 2021: Consultation sessions with Indigenous rightsholder groups
  • September 2021: Citywide online Public Information session (daytime and evening options)
  • September 2021: Citywide online survey for all residents (to be launched on this page)
  • October 2021: Consultation session with key growth and development stakeholder groups (e.g. school districts, regional commissions, construction and builders’ associations)

Engagement Activities to be held in 2022 will be confirmed at a later date.




Citizen Advisory Committee

To support this initiative, a call-out for a Citizen Advisory Committee occurred in June 2021, with selected members appointed by Council on July 19, 2021:

Citizens

  1. Joanne Adair
  2. Rexy Azariah
  3. Henri Michel Bouloumegue
  4. James Burnett
  5. Lauren Fawcett
  6. Dale Hughes
  7. Marie-Ève Nowlan
  8. Gino Paesani

Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) Liaison: Maxime Gauvin

Mayor Dawn Arnold and Councillor Marty Kingston appointed on June 21, 2021

Follow-up: Growth and Development Stakeholder Meeting

On October 14, 2021, a meeting with growth and development stakeholders was held online, providing preliminary information on growth projections relating to the Urban Growth Strategy. The meeting concluded with general discussion and for participants to provide questions and comments.

To get a snapshot of the information shared, check out the PDF of the presentation, found in the Resources/Info section on the right. Recordings of the session is also included.


Follow-up: Public sessions

On September 21, 2021, two public sessions were held online, providing an opportunity to learn more about the City’s Urban Growth Strategy, as well as the chance to ask questions and provide comments.

To get a snapshot of the information shared, check out the PDF of the presentation, found in the Resources/Info section on the right. Recordings of both sessions are also included.


Context

The City of Moncton is currently the largest and fastest growing municipality in New Brunswick. The City is launching its first Urban Growth Strategy to help manage where and how residential and employment growth should occur in Moncton over the next 25 years. The data and information gathered to create this document will become the foundation for Moncton’s upcoming Municipal Plan Review (2022).

The City has retained professional consultants Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. (in conjunction with The Planning Partnership and SCS Consulting Group) to lead the project. Based on a comprehensive community engagement program and various technical information, the consultants will be developing and recommending various city-wide and local growth scenarios.

This project is critical to the future planning of our city, as it will highlight:

  • How citizens wish to see the city grow over the next 25 years
  • The fiscal implications of various growth scenarios (meaning the impact on the City’s budget and, by extension, on property taxes)
  • The short- and long-term benefits and risks associated with various growth scenarios.

The recommended city-wide and local growth scenarios will serve as our guiding compass to help shape a future development form that is both environmentally and fiscally sustainable.


Community Engagement

Getting feedback from Moncton’s citizens is a crucial ingredient in the Urban Growth Strategy. Residents who participate will be helping to shape the future direction of the City.

How can you participate?

Community engagement opportunities will happen at key points in this project, over the next six months or so. This page will serve as the informational hub for the project, so please check back regularly to stay informed.

Autumn 2021 Engagement Activities:

  • August 2021: Consultation sessions with general community stakeholder groups (register by clicking on the 'Book a conversation' tab below)
  • September 2021: Consultation sessions with Indigenous rightsholder groups
  • September 2021: Citywide online Public Information session (daytime and evening options)
  • September 2021: Citywide online survey for all residents (to be launched on this page)
  • October 2021: Consultation session with key growth and development stakeholder groups (e.g. school districts, regional commissions, construction and builders’ associations)

Engagement Activities to be held in 2022 will be confirmed at a later date.




Citizen Advisory Committee

To support this initiative, a call-out for a Citizen Advisory Committee occurred in June 2021, with selected members appointed by Council on July 19, 2021:

Citizens

  1. Joanne Adair
  2. Rexy Azariah
  3. Henri Michel Bouloumegue
  4. James Burnett
  5. Lauren Fawcett
  6. Dale Hughes
  7. Marie-Ève Nowlan
  8. Gino Paesani

Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) Liaison: Maxime Gauvin

Mayor Dawn Arnold and Councillor Marty Kingston appointed on June 21, 2021

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    How does the city plan to limit sprawal?

    ShayneD asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Shayne

    Thank you for your question!

    The Urban Growth Strategy will assist the City in exploring the future for development in Moncton for the next 25 years. Following further community engagement, a preferred growth scenario will be chosen to determine where and how the City can accommodate its anticipated population, employment and housing projections. Areas that are anticipated for future growth include but are not limited to the Downtown, Transit Corridors, Infill Areas and Emerging Growth Areas. 

    In terms of limiting sprawl, the City of Moncton Municipal Plan contains sections and supporting policies that aim to contain development within the Urban Service Boundary. To learn more, please refer to section 3.3 of the Municipal Plan. 

    I hope you find this information to be helpful.

    Kind Regards,

    Josh Davies 



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    What is our plan in regards to making our neighbourhoods more resilient to climate change? Specifically, what are we doing to limit the amount of non-porous surfaces (like asphalt and concrete) in our growing neighbourhoods so that there is less pressure on our storm drain systems? Are there any plans to develop neighbourhoods while maintaining mature tree canopies to keep our neighbourhoods cooler in hot summer temperatures? Thank you.

    Alexandra asked about 2 months ago

    Good morning, 

    Thank you for your interest in the Plan Moncton project. 

    The City of Moncton has a Climate Change Adaptation and Flood Management Strategy which includes 69 actions to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Actions that have been implemented include the “net-zero” increase in storm water runoff policy, increased minimum habitable space elevation and increased watercourse buffer protection.  

    The City also developed Naturalized Storm water Management Guidelines which guided the construction of three naturalized detention basins and bioswales. The City does not currently impose a limit on non-porous surfaces. However the development of  “Green Development Guidelines” is identified as an action under the City’s Strategic Plan and will evaluate and recommend criteria for urban forest protection.

    Let us know if you have any other questions or comments in the meantime. 

    Kind regards,
    Michelle 

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    Does the plan make provision for the construct of a full access intersection where the TCH crosses McLaughlin Dr. This essential highway connection is essential for the development of the "Vision Lands" and to help alleviate the growing congestion on Elmwood Dr. at TCH , Caledonia Rd. and Granite Dr.

    Alphonse asked 2 months ago

    Good Morning Alphonse

    Thank you for your question! 

    The Urban Growth Strategy will provide detail as to the growth projections for population, housing and employment for the next 25 years. As the City contemplates where future growth will occur, the infrastructure, including but not limited to roads and accesses, that will be required to accommodate growth will be taken in to consideration. 

    As the Urban Growth Strategy project continues, more detail on the infrastructure requirements that are necessary to access a future growth area, such as the Vision Lands, will be provided. 

    Kind Regards,

    Josh Davies

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    Is there a recommended percentage of green space hectares to number of population? Moncton larger parks seem to only take in 1100 hectares for a population of 140000. Are there plans to create more parks like Centennial as our population increases?

    Karen Rogers asked 2 months ago

    Hi Karen,

    Thank you for your question!

    Under the provisions of the City of Moncton's 2012 Recreation Master Plan, the City is well served by community park space (by NPRA benchmark standards). The benchmarks indicate the City should host 198 hectares of community park. The existing figure is 178 hectares. The benchmark also indicates that the City should host 132 hectares of regional park. The existing figure, including Irishtown, Centennial and Mapleton Parks, is 913 hectares. 

    On the Urban Growth Strategy project page, you can find the preliminary growth projections for the City to 2046. In association with this project and growth projections, the City continually evaluates opportunities for more local and regional parks. 

    If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Thanks

    Josh Davies

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    How does the Urban Growth Strategy plan to improve connected bike lanes and bus services for new developments and schools? I reviewed the recently approved development near Centennial Park and believe there is an incredible missed opportunity to limit ground surface parking at this new development. Are there plans to remove barriers to improve bike lanes and public transportation to accommodate these new residents of the area? Are there plans to protect the critical greenspace within the city alongside the need for densification and new housing developments?

    Shannon asked 6 months ago

    Good Morning Shannon

    Thank you for your question. The Urban Growth Strategy will detail where and how the City should grow based on projections of population and employment. Within the  development of the Urban Growth strategy, there will be consideration and research undertaken in order to harmonize the strategy with other plans  that have been developed by the City. This includes the latest update to the Active Transportation Plan, where public consultation is currently underway. The Active Transportation Plan will take a close look at items that you have raised such as improvements to bike lanes and enhancing of existing active transportation routes throughout the City, including areas that have been identified for growth. 

    Greenspace and public amenity will be a key component in the Urban Growth Strategy as the City works to balance its anticipated growth with the need for protecting its critical greenspaces. 

    Kind Regards,

    Josh Davies 



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    I am a land owner in the vision land area.Is there a map of future develop plans by the city.I do not live in Moncton,so difficult to understand plans .Thanks Mark Crawford

    asked 6 months ago

    Hi Mark

    Thank you for your question. The current plan for the Vision lands and any concepts proposed that are associated with that area is included in the City of Moncton Municipal Plan under schedule 7.1.Vision Lands Plan. Please see the attached link below:

    https://www5.moncton.ca/docs/bylaws/By-law_Z-113_Municipal_Plan.pdf 

    Kind Regards

    Josh Davies

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    How does the City plan to maintain green space in the Downtown core? Will developers be compelled to add or maintain green space around their buildings?

    Smitty asked 6 months ago

     

    Good Afternoon,

     

    Thank you for your interest in the Plan Moncton public engagement project. 

     

    The current phase of the Plan Moncton project is the Urban Growth Strategy, which will focus on areas of future growth. development and explores both how and where the City can accommodate population and employment projections over the next 25 years. 

     

    Community engagement opportunities will happen at key points in this project, over the next six months or so. Individuals will have the opportunity to share their feedback during the Citywide online Public Information session or the Citywide online survey for all residents. Both of these opportunities will take place in September 2021. 

     

    The Plan Moncton project page will serve as the informational hub for the project, so please check back regularly to stay informed: https://letschatmoncton.ca/planmoncton

     

    Kind regards, 

    Josh Davies

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    What are we doing in urban planning to look like the city that is more multi-cultural and open for multiethnicity.

    New_Monctonian asked 6 months ago

     

    Good afternoon.

     

    Thank you for your interest in the Plan Moncton public engagement project. 

    Discussion on important topics such as multiculturalism will be addressed in a later phase of the Plan Moncton project, the Municipal Plan Review. Our current phase, the Urban Growth Strategy, will focus largely on potential areas for new growth and development and how and where the City can accommodate future growth and employment projections.  

    Community engagement opportunities will happen at key points in this project and its future phases, over the next six months or so. Individuals will have the opportunity to share their feedback during the Citywide online Public Information session or the Citywide online survey for all residents. Both of these opportunities will take place in September 2021. 

     

    The Plan Moncton project page will serve as the informational hub for the project, so please check back regularly to stay informed: https://letschatmoncton.ca/planmoncton

     

    Kind regards, 

    Josh Davies

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    Does the city have plans to create bike lanes or mix use trails throughout the downtown as part of the urban development plan?

    Smitty asked 6 months ago

    Hello, 

    Thank you for your question. The City is currently working on the Active Transportation Plan - Phase 2 project which looks at the City as a whole to review and asses the situation specifically for pedestrians and cyclists, then proposes recommendations to improve access, comfort, and safety. 

    In February 2021, we conducted an online public survey which allowed residents to share their views and experiences on Active Transportation in Moncton. You can find more information about this project as well as the full survey report here: https://letschatmoncton.ca/active-transportation2

    Stay tuned for round 2 of consultation that will focus on getting your input on proposed recommendations and network improvements. 

    Kind regards,
    Michelle 

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