PlanMoncton - Urban Growth Strategy

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Following an initial round of public consultation as part of the research and analysis for the Urban Growth Strategy, the City of Moncton’s Preferred Growth Forecast has been chosen.

This forecast is intended to guide decision-making and policy development specifically related to planning and growth management, urban land needs, and long-range master planning for municipal services.

Next steps include developing various city-wide growth scenarios. These scenarios will be presented at future online public information sessions and additional feedback will be garnered through a second online survey. Please continue to follow this webpage to stay current with the project.

The ‘What we heard’ summary from our 2021 consultation is included in the resources section of the project page. The summary highlights the conversations held by the City with elected officials, community stakeholders and the development community.


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

Following an initial round of public consultation as part of the research and analysis for the Urban Growth Strategy, the City of Moncton’s Preferred Growth Forecast has been chosen.

This forecast is intended to guide decision-making and policy development specifically related to planning and growth management, urban land needs, and long-range master planning for municipal services.

Next steps include developing various city-wide growth scenarios. These scenarios will be presented at future online public information sessions and additional feedback will be garnered through a second online survey. Please continue to follow this webpage to stay current with the project.

The ‘What we heard’ summary from our 2021 consultation is included in the resources section of the project page. The summary highlights the conversations held by the City with elected officials, community stakeholders and the development community.


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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    Do you have any plans to open English schools in Dieppe??

    Amigo asked 4 months ago

    Good morning, 

    Thank you for your questions. 

    This Urban Growth Strategy pertains to the City of Moncton only. If you have any questions about the City of Dieppe, you can reach out to them directly at info@dieppe.ca

    Kind regards,
    Michelle

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    What is your plan for immigrants and students and also the PR policy? The PR rules are made tough then before, which actually should be made more lenient so that people can come here from other provinces like Ontario. For the cities growth more young population is needed, there should be more technical and management colleges so as to attract overseas students. Is there any plan government is considering these options? Mere infrastructure would not lead to the actual economic and cultural development, Moncton needs more people.

    Harman asked 5 months ago

    Good morning, 

    Thank you very much for your question. 

    ONB Immigration and the Federal Government are the regulatory bodies officially tasked with attracting immigrants. You can learn more about the various immigration streams by visiting: www. https://www.immigrationgreatermoncton.ca/how-immigrate 

    There are also a wide a wide variety of Post-secondary institutions in Greater Moncton. You can learn more here: https://www.immigrationgreatermoncton.ca/education International Student attraction and retention is a high priority within the Greater Moncton Immigration Strategy. In 2021, the region saw record growth in the amount of international students moving to the region to purse their education. You can learn more about the Greater Moncton Immigration strategy here: https://www5.moncton.ca/docs/immigration/GMIGM_2020-2024_Immigration_Strategy.pdf. The Greater Moncton Local Immigration partnership is tasked with implementing this strategy. Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) are a new form of multi-level governance designed to strengthen local capacity to attract newcomers and improve their integration outcomes as through enhanced economic, social, political, and civic participation. To learn more about the LIP and its members you can visit: https://www.immigrationgreatermoncton.ca/greater-moncton-local-immigration-partnership.

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

    Kind regards,
    Michelle 

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    What the Moncton government is doing to retain IT sector in the city as we heard back in 2020 that infosys is planning to setup here but instead they did it in Calgary. The city has good weather as compared to Alberta but the jobs are not that much(IT industry) even there are no IT colleges. We need good colleges for immigration and to retain the qualified immigrants in Moncton so that the young people can think of living here as we have seen it happening in Ontario. So my question is what the government is doing in this regard?

    Harman asked 5 months ago

    Good afternoon, 

    Thank you for your question. 

    In 2019, the City of Moncton was a founding partner in developing and launching the Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick Workforce Development Strategy.  In 2020, the Southeast Labour Market Partnership (SLMP) Council was created to provide direction and oversight of the strategy and four working groups were created.  For more information on the Workforce Strategy and the Southeast Labour Market Partnership, please follow this link: https://3plus.ca/services/workforce-development/council/

    Stakeholders within the SLMP council and working groups include municipal, provincial and federal government, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, both anglophone and francophone school districts as well as academia (colleges and universities).

    The SLMP working groups are:

    1. LMI – involves efforts to increase the amount of timely and relevant labour market information (LMI) available to industry, government and community stakeholders 
    2. Talent Development – involves efforts to ensure the local talent pipeline is turning out graduates with the interest and skills to start and advance their careers 
    3. Retention – This working group works on initiatives to help employers retain workers and encourage young people and others to stay and build their careers in the region.
    4. Attraction – involves efforts to attract workers to the region (from elsewhere in Canada and beyond) – aligned with the Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) and immigration activities in this area.


    In 2021, the LMI working group conducted a Post-Secondary Survey. This initiative included an analysis of post-secondary programming and its alignment to local priority sector talent needs and employment opportunities with the objective of strengthening the alignment of graduates to local demand. A document was then provided to the Talent Development working group outlining the top 5 biggest skill set gaps in regional talent pipeline. It is important for local stakeholders to understand the talent pipeline coming out of regional universities, public colleges and private training institutions. This information may be used by businesses, investors, and the PSEs to determine opportunities in the region. Additionally, the Talent Development working group worked on exposing high school students to the careers available in our region in order to encourage our youth to study and stay in our region.

    In 2022, the SLMP will be developing sector specific strategies one of which is the IT sector for the recruitment, retention and talent development in our region. Furthermore, we are working closely with UNB and the McKenna Institute. The institute collaborates to accelerate our talent pipeline, nurture ideas and enable all New Brunswick communities to thrive in a digital world.

    Thanks,
    Michelle 

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    How does the city plan to limit sprawal?

    ShayneD asked 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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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