The Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategy is being developed by the Region of Waterloo in conjunction with its municipal partners and the many stakeholders and citizens throughout the Region. The main goal of the Community Building Strategy is to ensure that the investment in rapid transit is leveraged for the benefit of the many communities along the line.
On Wednesday, May 16th, invited stakeholders will meet at the British Club in Cambridge to discuss the Reurbanization of Hespeler Road. The public will have an opportunity to hear about the workshop discussions and add their input at an Open House at the British Club from 4 – 7 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event. Staff from the City of Cambridge, Region of Waterloo, and/or CTC Community Building Strategy consultant team will be on hand to speak with you and answer your questions.
The May 16 event is part of a 3-day region-wide Forum entitled “Creating Great Places”. This Forum kicks off with a Walking Tour of Uptown Waterloo hosted by City of Waterloo staff at 5 p.m. on May 15. Please RSVP at http://centraltransitcorridor.
Immediately following the tour is a keynote presentation at Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a 7 p.m. presentation for this free public event. The keynote presentation will be given by GB Arrington, Principal Practice Leader for Parsons Brinckerhoff’s PlaceMaking group. GB is internationally recognized as a leader in the land-use development that happens along transit routes and around stations (especially rapid transit). In transportation planning, this is known as Transit Oriented Development (TOD). Australia’s Urban Development Institute says GB “is considered to be the world’s foremost authority on TOD policy, design and implementation.” His work has taken him across the United States, to China, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and the Caribbean. During his career he has directed the preparation of over 125 TOD plans. Before joining PB, he charted a new, award-winning direction for Portland Oregon’s transit agency. His innovative planning and community involvement strategies changed the face of transit and land use in the Portland region and received awards from the White House and the Federal Transit Administration. GB is one of the founders of both the PlaceMaking group and the Rail~Volution conference.
On Day 3 of the Forum, stakeholders will meet in Kitchener to discuss future directions for the ‘midtown’ area (the area between Uptown Waterloo and Downtown Kitchener). Results of that session will be made available at 220 King St. W. in Kitchener at an Open House to be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Results of all the sessions will be made available online at http://centraltransitcorridor.
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