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Community Action Network in Sudbury Ontario

Green Space Advisory Panel

The Green Space Advisory Panel will provide recommendations related to :

  • the establishment of a Parks and Open Space Classification System for the City
  • natural assets which should be considered for inclusion in the City's Parks and Open Space inventory
  • a rating or evaluation system for establishing Parks and Open Space acquisition priorities, and
  • existing City-owned properties which could be included in the Parks and Open Space inventory.

The Green Space Advisory Panel was struck and first met November 27th, 2007.  The panel consists of twelve Expert Member Appointments and fourteen Citizen Appointments that represent most, if not all of the wards in the City of Greater Sudbury.

The mandate of the Panel as laid out in the New Official Plan with respect to Green Space was as follows:

  • To recommend to Council a park classification system to address the range of Parks and Open Space types and characteristics that will guide park acquisition, development, and management.  The park classification system will have regard to natural beauty, environmental functions, and recreation value.
  • To further delineate natural environment areas in need of municipal protection along with appropriate strategies for conservation and acquisition.

The process has been divided into five steps:

  1. The identification by each ward of existing green space in that ward and the creation of a “wish list” of green space that is considered high priority for preservation and properties not presently designated as green space, possibly privately owned, but deemed to be of value to residents in the future.  The candidate green space list, ward by ward, was then presented to the Green Spaces Advisory Panel.
  2. The establishment of a working group (six persons including me) whose mandate it was to develop a parkland classification system for the City of Greater Sudbury.  The working group’s work was competed in early 2008 and the classification system was presented to the Green Spaces Panel in April 2008.
  3. The application of the parkland classification system to each candidate green space for each ward, in turn.  This process began in September 2008, ward by ward, through January 2009
  4. The consideration and refinement of a Criteria and Policy document for the disposal of parkland.  The necessity for such a document is to be able to dispose of green space that is of marginal use in its present state and to acquire green space or enlarge green space elsewhere.  The draft document was presented to the Panel in May 2009 and revised as was seen fit to best serve the needs of the process that the Panel is mandated to carry out.
  5. Beginning in September 2009 the Panel will prioritize green space, ward by ward, in an attempt to either preserve, or recommend for inclusion, green space that will best serve the residents of any given ward or the citizens of the City of Greater Sudbury.  It is clear to all members of the Panel that it will neither be possible to retain all present green space nor to acquire all the items on the ‘wish list’.  For instance, some areas of green space no longer fulfill their original purpose with a change in demographics over the years.  There will have to be give and take both within and between wards.  This final part of the process undoubtedly will be the most difficult.  The Panel will resume meetings in September and expects to have their report with recommendations ready for presentation to Council by the end of December 2009.

For more information, please contact Gerard Courtin at gerard@courtin.ca