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Posted Date: 4/18/2016
Posted Date: 4/18/2016
The results are in for Phase 2 of the ourMontrose public engagement, paving the way for completion of a South Montrose site Master Plan in May.
In the second phase of engagement, from Feb. 23 to March 14, residents had the opportunity to provide feedback on three initial design concepts and amenities for the parcel of land, immediately south of the Montrose Cultural Centre.
The results will be presented to Tuesday's Community Living Committee.
More than 500 citizens participated through an online/print survey, social media, workshops, and at an information kiosk in the cultural centre.
Each of the design options included priorities such as the performing and media arts centre, a plaza space, recreational options and a mixed use building, as well as 475 underground parking stalls.
Option C was the most popular option, chosen by 46 per cent of survey respondents who noted its interesting design, good access, views and connections, the larger plaza space and the potential for all-season use.
The top five choices for amenities in the mixed use building proposed for the site included event space, a restaurant, conference facilities, learning facilities, and sports/recreation options.
The survey also allowed participants to rank options for the plaza and public space. Participants placed a high value on flexible uses and green space. The full What We Heard report summarizing feedback received during phase 2 of engagement can be found at Phase 2 What we Heard (933 kb).
"This was the second of three phases of the ourMontrose community engagement process," explains Planner Alison Downing. "This community input is being used to shape the South Montrose site Master Plan, which will be unveiled during Phase 3 in May."
The three design options presented in Phase 2 are based on previous planning, community input and climate/infrastructure considerations.
Initial ideas for the South Montrose site were proposed by Grande Prairie City Council in 2014, including a civic square, mixed use building (commercial/residential), performing arts/conference centre, and a pedestrian hub.
Plans have already been approved to develop a concourse/greenway, immediately south of the Cultural Centre and construction begin this summer.
Further information can be found at www.cityofgp.com/ourmontrose.
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