by Tom Graham
A crowd of close to 100 people turned out on Monday evening this week to participate in the Kemptville Campus Master Plan Open House. The attendees included residents, business people, Campus tenants and concerned citizens, including alumni and former instructors at Kemptville College.
The Master Plan process is an opportunity for the community to have its say in the future direction of the Campus. The event was held at the WB George Centre on Campus.
“Kemptville Campus has tremendous history,” stated Mayor Nancy Peckford in her introduction. “Many of you would have been at our 100 years event in the Fall, where we celebrated 100 years of education on Campus. Previously, we did a consultation on behalf of the municipality in late May, where we invited you to come and share with us your ideas and perspectives. This master planning exercise is the next step in that process. We’re blessed to have a really talented and passionate team to make sure that we really capture your perspectives and your ideas.”
The consulting team led by planning firm Re:Public Urbanism facilitated the session. Paul Hicks, lead consultant, introduced the purpose for the evening.
“The theme of ‘Regeneration’ was chosen as it symbolizes the re-birth and growth of the Campus and speaks to the Campus’ ecological and agricultural roots, as well as a future based on sustainability, economic development, and health,” he stated. “The master plan will lay out a blueprint for the physical development and redevelopment on the Campus in the coming years, and will be an important tool in the implementation of the Campus’s business plan and strategic plan.”
He then led the crowd through a slide deck explaining the objectives of Master Planning, and how it will be used to help tell the story of the Campus.
Prior to and following the formal presentation, participants were encouraged to share their thoughts by means of adding notes to various boards on display, as well as speaking directly to the consultants. The display panels asked about participants’ thoughts for the Campus’s past, present and future.
A survey has also been developed for people to provide their input. The survey – along with photos of the event, along with a copy of the slide deck – can be found on the Campus website at www.KemptvilleCampus.ca/Regen. Paper copies of the survey may also be found at the North Grenville Municipal Centre, and the Norenberg Branch of the North Grenville Public Library. The survey will be open until February 29.