Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 2:34 p.m.
Proud of Hawkesbury? Tell the town planners
Hawkesbury residents who are proud of their community now have a chance to help provide direction for some of its future development.
The latest draft of the Hawkesbury Community Improvement Plan report (CIP) comes before town council Nov. 14 and Town Planner Manon Belle-Isle and planning consultant Nadia De Santi of Urban Design would like more feedback about it and community improvement issues from both residents and business owners.
“What we want is to engage people,” Belle-Isle during a Wednesday evening open house session at the municipal office on the CIP. “We want people to be enthusiastic about this project. It affects the whole town.”
The CIP project began May this year with creation of an advisory committee which includes representatives from various business, community, and municipal sectors, an ongoing survey, which is still available online, to gather local opinions and ideas about improving the appearance of the community, and workshops for brainstorming ideas.
The goal is to develop a long-term plan to help revitalize the physical appearance of the community through various incentives or programs for both commercial and residential areas. Right now the focus of the plan is on the downtown core, along with a commercial sector at the intersection of Spence and McGill Streets.
“What we hope is these programs will benefit the town, both economically and aesthetically,” said De Santi.
The current preliminary draft report is available to read and download from the Hawkesbury municipal website at www.hawkesbury.ca under the News link. Belle-Isle and De Santi would like comments before Nov. 14 for inclusion as part of the draft report to town council.