June 5, 2012 Mimico 20/20 workshop was in my experience an impressive event

I’m really pleased I had the opportunity to attend the June 5, 2012 Mimico 20/20 workshop at the Large Gym at the Ken Cox Community Centre at 28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive.

The workshop had the same agenda and material as the May 29, 2012 workshop, which I had not been able to attend.

I’m pleased we had the opportunity, by prior agreement, to record the presentations by the key speakers.

The presentations at the start of the meeting, and introductions setting the stage for each of the three small-group workshop sessions, were clear and informative.

I was very impressed with the quality of discussion at the table I was at, and with the care that was taken to ensure the comments were kept track of systematically and accurately.

The workshop sessions focused on a sequence of clearly defined sets of questions related to details of the Mimico 20/20 planning process.

The sound system worked well, a key consideration for attendees.

I was impressed with the number of city planning staff who were present, and keen to help out. Key planners involved with Mimico 20/20 circulated among the tables, answering questions and offering comments. As well, each table had a city staffer (if I understand this correctly) who facilitated the discussion and took reponsibility for ensuring comments were recorded in a systematic way.

Heritage preservation

My own focus, as a resident of Long Branch, is on heritage preservation and the quality of life — which I see as closely related to heritage preservation — in the Lakeshore communities.

With regard to Mimico 20/20, I’m especially interested in the heritage buildings at the Amedeo Garden Court apartment complex.

At the June 5, 2012  workshop I learned details about the potential next steps with regard to the Longo Development Corporation property. These details offer a much clearer picture of what the future may hold than I previously had been able to attain.

Along with other workshop attendees, I also had the opportunity to offer input related to how the Amedeo Garden Court heritage properties can possibly be re-used, in their intact state, as part of the future redevelopment of Mimico.

Meaningful community input

What constitutes meaningful community input in a planning process such as Mimico 20/20?

I don’t know the precise answer to that question, but I have a general sense of what we are talking about.

I was impressed, in that regard, that the Mimico 20/20 workshops on May 29 and June 5, 2012 were organized in such a way that the views of a wide range of interested residents could be heard, with regard to a range of clearly specified planning options related to Mimico 20/20.

Photos: May 29, 2012 Mimico 20/20 workshop

The following photos, from the May 29, 2012 workshop, provided to us from the office of Councillor Mark Grimes, offer a good overview of events at the first of the two workshops. Given the response to the first workshop, a second workshop was held on June 5, 2012.

 

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