Strategic Plan & Downtown Visioning Master Plan

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The Town of Collingwood is embarking on the creation of a new multi-year Strategic Plan and with the Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) a Downtown Visioning Master Plan and we want you to be a part of the process!

The Town’s 2024-2028 Community Based Strategic Plan will establish Collingwood’s highest priorities and a collective vision for the future. It will help guide Council, staff, and the community through key decision-making processes and direct resources where they are needed most.

Our focus is to ensure Collingwood continues to be a vibrant community as we plan for the future and the opportunities and challenges ahead.

As part of this process, we are seeking feedback from residents, businesses, Council, staff, and others as we work to develop a collective vision and set of priorities to guide us over the next several years. This is your chance to have your voice heard and to help shape the direction of Collingwood.

Community engagement sessions took place on December 7th and 8th at various locations including the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena, Central Park Arena, Walmart, Centennial Aquatic Centre, Loblaws, and the Collingwood Christmas Market. Youth Engagement sessions took place on February 16th at the Town Job Fair and February 20th at the Collingwood Public Library - Give us a Pizza Your Mind. Community Partners & Agencies and Sports, Arts and Culture groups stakeholder engagement sessions were held virtually in February.

Stay tuned for more upcoming opportunities to engage and participate!

Downtown Visioning Master Plan (Spring, 2024): While you will be invited to share initial thoughts at the above sessions, we will officially kick-off the Downtown Visioning Master Plan in Spring, 2024. Led by Fotenn Planning + Design, the plan will provide a clear vision for the long-term (2051) evolution of the downtown, including an analysis of the opportunity sites, an engaging Vision Map, and the recommended action items/projects to achieve the vision. Further opportunities for downtown-specific engagement and feedback will be undertaken at this time.

Collingwood Speaks: Your Voice, Our Future: As Collingwood looks towards shaping its future, the Town is actively seeking input from its residents and stakeholders to drive the formulation of its new multi-year Strategic Plan and Downtown Visioning Master Plan. Residents were encouraged to engage in a telephone or online survey to collect valuable insights, shaping the future direction of the Town. The findings, derived from Forum Market Research, offer a comprehensive report detailing the outcomes.

Market Research Survey - Shaping Strategic Plan and Downtown Visioning Master Plan

We look forward to hearing your ideas!


Meet our Steering Committee Members:

- Mayor, Yvonne Hamlin

- Deputy Mayor, Tim Fryer

- Councillor, Kathy Jeffery

- Councillor, Chris Potts

- BIA Representative, Tim Cormick

- Community Member, Larry Law

- Community Member, Mark Palmer

- Community Member, Dave Ohrling

- Ex-Officio Sue Nicholson & Rosalyn Morrison

- Staff Representatives, Sonya Skinner, Sara Almas, Shelby Verkindt & Christa Carter

The Town of Collingwood is embarking on the creation of a new multi-year Strategic Plan and with the Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) a Downtown Visioning Master Plan and we want you to be a part of the process!

The Town’s 2024-2028 Community Based Strategic Plan will establish Collingwood’s highest priorities and a collective vision for the future. It will help guide Council, staff, and the community through key decision-making processes and direct resources where they are needed most.

Our focus is to ensure Collingwood continues to be a vibrant community as we plan for the future and the opportunities and challenges ahead.

As part of this process, we are seeking feedback from residents, businesses, Council, staff, and others as we work to develop a collective vision and set of priorities to guide us over the next several years. This is your chance to have your voice heard and to help shape the direction of Collingwood.

Community engagement sessions took place on December 7th and 8th at various locations including the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena, Central Park Arena, Walmart, Centennial Aquatic Centre, Loblaws, and the Collingwood Christmas Market. Youth Engagement sessions took place on February 16th at the Town Job Fair and February 20th at the Collingwood Public Library - Give us a Pizza Your Mind. Community Partners & Agencies and Sports, Arts and Culture groups stakeholder engagement sessions were held virtually in February.

Stay tuned for more upcoming opportunities to engage and participate!

Downtown Visioning Master Plan (Spring, 2024): While you will be invited to share initial thoughts at the above sessions, we will officially kick-off the Downtown Visioning Master Plan in Spring, 2024. Led by Fotenn Planning + Design, the plan will provide a clear vision for the long-term (2051) evolution of the downtown, including an analysis of the opportunity sites, an engaging Vision Map, and the recommended action items/projects to achieve the vision. Further opportunities for downtown-specific engagement and feedback will be undertaken at this time.

Collingwood Speaks: Your Voice, Our Future: As Collingwood looks towards shaping its future, the Town is actively seeking input from its residents and stakeholders to drive the formulation of its new multi-year Strategic Plan and Downtown Visioning Master Plan. Residents were encouraged to engage in a telephone or online survey to collect valuable insights, shaping the future direction of the Town. The findings, derived from Forum Market Research, offer a comprehensive report detailing the outcomes.

Market Research Survey - Shaping Strategic Plan and Downtown Visioning Master Plan

We look forward to hearing your ideas!


Meet our Steering Committee Members:

- Mayor, Yvonne Hamlin

- Deputy Mayor, Tim Fryer

- Councillor, Kathy Jeffery

- Councillor, Chris Potts

- BIA Representative, Tim Cormick

- Community Member, Larry Law

- Community Member, Mark Palmer

- Community Member, Dave Ohrling

- Ex-Officio Sue Nicholson & Rosalyn Morrison

- Staff Representatives, Sonya Skinner, Sara Almas, Shelby Verkindt & Christa Carter

  • Community Feedback – Community Based Strategic Plan

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    We invite further public input on the draft 2024-2026 Community Based Strategic Plan at two upcoming sessions:

    1. Special Council Meeting: July 10th
    2. Committee of the Whole Meeting: July 22nd

    These sessions provide valuable opportunities for community feedback before the finalization of the 2024-2028 Strategic Plan. The anticipated presentation of the final deliverables to Council for endorsement is scheduled for July 29th.


  • Collingwood Speaks: Your Voice, Our Future

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    As Collingwood looks towards shaping its future, the Town is actively seeking input from its residents and stakeholders to drive the formulation of its new multi-year Strategic Plan and Downtown Visioning Master Plan.

    Residents are invited to participate in a survey aimed at gathering insights to guide the Town’s strategic direction. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and will be strictly confidential, anonymous, and voluntary. Utilizing diverse methodologies, the survey ensures the data collected is comprehensive, reliable, and reflective of community perspectives.

    “As a Collingwood resident (18 and older) you may be receiving a call sometime between March 18 and April 5 from a representative from Forum Research on the Town’s behalf. I encourage you to participate and have your voice heard!” Says Mayor Yvonne Hamlin.

    If you do not receive a phone call from Forum Research, you are invited to participate in an online version of the survey at: https://survey.forumresearch.com/SE/1/COL1/. The deadline for the survey is April 5, 2024. Hard copies of the survey are also available at Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street.

    Collingwood prioritizes inclusive community engagement to ensure those who want to be heard are offered opportunities that are accessible and convenient. This commitment extends to listening to feedback, facilitating discussions, providing education, and ensuring barrier-free access to facilities, events, and services.

    Next Steps

    Forum Research will unveil the results of both the online and telephone surveys in May 2024, paving way for the subsequent release of the 2024-2028 Strategic Plan.

    Additionally, residents can anticipate further opportunities for downtown-specific engagement and feedback in Spring 2024, preceding the finalization of the Downtown Visioning Master Plan.

    Background

    The Community-Based Strategic Plan for 2024-2028 will serve as a roadmap for the Town of Collingwood’s future. It will outline our community's strategic vision, values, and strategic priorities for the coming years. It will act as a guide for decision-making and resource allocation and help to build consensus among Council, staff, and the community about where Collingwood is headed and how it will get there.

    The new Community Based Strategic Plan will be an evolution of the Town’s existing 2020-2023 Community Based Strategic Plan with many of the priorities of the earlier plan continuing to be top-of-mind. The new Plan should reflect the issues, concerns, and opportunities of the current moment as the Town plans for what’s ahead for the community.

    The Downtown Visioning Master Plan is being led by Fotenn Planning + Design. The plan will provide a clear vision for the long-term (2051) evolution of the downtown area, including an analysis of the opportunity sites, an engaging Vision Map, and the recommended action items/projects to achieve the vision.

    Community engagement sessions took place on December 7 and 8, 2023 at various locations including the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena, Central Park Arena, Walmart, Centennial Aquatic Centre, Loblaws, and the Collingwood Christmas Market. Youth Engagement sessions took place on February 16, 2024, at the Town Job Fair and February 20, 2024, at the Collingwood Public Library - Give us a Pizza Your Mind. Community Partners & Agencies and Sports, Arts, and Culture groups stakeholder engagement sessions were held virtually in February.

    Residents are encouraged to stay informed and engaged by subscribing to updates and future engagement opportunities through https://engage.collingwood.ca/strategic-plan

  • Community Engagement Launch

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    Residents’ input is critical to ensuring the development of the Town's new multi-year Strategic Plan and Downtown Visioning Master Plan reflect the values and priorities of the Community and everyone is invited to participate in one of the upcoming engagement sessions.

    Join us at:

    • Collingwood Eddie Bush Memorial Arena Free Public Skating - December 7th 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    • Central Park Arena Parent & Tot Skating - December 7th 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Walmart Supercentre - December 7th 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • Centennial Aquatic Centre - December 8th 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Loblaws (grocery store) - December 8th 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Downtown Collingwood Christmas Market - December 8th 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    A statistically significant survey will be launched in the new year as another opportunity for residents to participate in this priority setting exercise which will also set a benchmark for future community satisfaction initiatives.

Page last updated: 05 Jul 2024, 02:37 PM