The City should request that developers who seek a major rezoning of a property hold a community open house prior to any design proposals being put forward. This would prevent a scenario where expensive building design renderings are completed and made public at an open house, creating a perception that little will change if people provide comments or concerns. These open houses should be held in the neighbourhood where the development would take place, and provide an opportunity for the developer to inform and educate local residents on what is possible to build on the site, and for the community to express any opinions early on. Providing an earlier opportunity for public input prior to a major rezoning will strengthen public trust in the planning process, and allow for proponents to gain a better understanding of community concerns before a first design is put forward.
- Engaged City Tasked Force Quick Start Idea #4