City gives community groups more say in development proposals

A trial program being rolled out by city hall will give community associations in one downtown ward more say in residential and commercial construction projects proposed by developers.

Mayor Jim Watson and Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume, chair of the city’s planning committee, announced the initiative Monday at City Hall.

“The pilot project employs community engagement earlier in the process, before the development application is even officially made,” Mr. Hume said in a statement. “This promising initiative makes the process more transparent, allowing earlier communication with the community and builds awareness of the planning process.”

The planning committee will get the results of the Capital ward project in a report next summer.

Other changes announced include more clarity on development street signs, the use of plain language on planning policy issues and a report template to make it easier to contact city planners.