City Seeks Public Input on Three Growth Scenarios

The City of Fredericton is seeking public feedback on three growth scenarios related to the Imagine Fredericton process. 

The three growth scenarios, which will help to inform a preferred growth strategy and new municipal plan for the municipality, were first presented by City staff and consultants from Urban Strategies Inc. during a public open house at the Fredericton Convention Centre and can now be found on the Imagine Fredericton website at www.imaginefredericton.ca.

“This on-going Imagine Fredericton planning process is so important to the future of our city,” said Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien.  “These three growth scenarios represent the final steps towards the development of our new growth strategy.  Right now is when we need to hear from our community.”

In developing the three growth scenarios, the project consultant considered opportunities to accommodate growth in three areas of the city – Urban Core Growth, Inward Suburban Growth, and Outward Suburban Growth – against key priorities identified by the public during the Imagine Fredericton City Summit held in October and through other public consultation.  These priorities include the creation of complete mixed-use neighbourhoods, a complete active transportation system, improved transit system, protecting valued natural resources and heritage spaces, and a renewed focus on the downtown. 

The three growth scenarios are:

  1. A scenario focused on Dispersed Growth.  A scenario most reflective of the city’s current development pattern.  It is the most auto-oriented scenario and proposes challenges when considering the development of complete neighbourhoods and a more vibrant urban core. 
  2. A scenario focused on North-side Growth.  A less balanced approach to development, but less auto- oriented and more supportive of active and public transportation, complete neighbourhoods and one that promotes a more efficient use of current land and infrastructure. 
  3. A scenario focused on Compact Growth.  The scenario balances inward and outward growth and facilitates the creation of more complete neighbourhoods.  It is most supportive of public transit, active transportation, a vibrant urban core, and is a much more efficient use of current land and infrastructure. 

A more detailed analysis of the growth scenarios is available for viewing at www.imaginefredericton.ca.  Those who were unable to attend the public open house are invited to provide feedback and participate in the Imagine Fredericton Community Compass #3, an online survey seeking further public input.  The deadline for commenting is Friday, March 10, 2017.

“Public consultation is key to the success of this process. I’d like to remind anyone unable to attend tonight’s open house to visit the website and provide further input,” added Mayor O’Brien. 

Imagine Fredericton, launched in June 2016, is the community-based process to create a Growth Strategy and new Municipal Plan for Fredericton, the first new comprehensive plan for the city in a generation.

The Growth Strategy will define where future population and employment growth will be targeted over the next 25 years, and describe how growth should occur, what forms it should take and how new communities should be designed.  The new Municipal Plan will be a legal document that guides the physical development of the city and the use of land.  It will include policies to guide programs related to the social and economic development of the city.