Markham Centre Public Workshops - Public input is key to our success
The City of Markham is committed to meeting the challenges of managing growth, containing urban sprawl and building an attractive downtown core with the active involvement of the local community.
Throughout the 1990s, the City held numerous public meetings and workshops to share and discuss the proposed plans for the Markham Centre lands. This work culminated in the adoption of the Markham Centre Secondary Plan in 1994 and Ontario Municipal Board approval of the Official Plan Amendment 21 in 1997.
Today, Markham continues to consult with our citizens as we take the first significant steps with the individual landowners to implement the downtown vision.
Five Public Workshops were held in 2002
The City of Markham and the Markham Centre Advisory Group hosted five public workshops during the summer and early fall of 2002 to get more specific input from residents and business representatives regarding their priorities for Markham Centre. Participants helped to develop the best practice benchmarks with which to guide and monitor all future development applications in the downtown.
The information gathered in these workshops culminated in the Markham Centre Public Conference and Open House on September 28, 2002.
The Public Conference featured award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki speaking on "Sustainability: The Sacred Balance." Dr. Suzuki talked about Smart Growthand the leading edge practices Markham is employing in Markham Centre. Visit the Sustainable Development Research Initiative website for even more information. Also speaking was MP York West Judy Sgro, Chair of the Prime Minister's Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues.
The following links provide access to the minutes of the five previously held public workshops as well as the Breakout Group Results from the Sept. 28, 2002 Open House for each of them:
- Green Infrastructure
- Public Spaces
- Built Form
For your further reference, we invite you to review the speaking notes from the conference and look at our photo album and conference statistics.
As an outcome of the conference, the Advisory Group agreed to work with City staff to ensure that implementation plans for Markham Centre adhere to the 11 Guiding Principles that were developed through citizen involvement and their expressed priorities and concerns.
Markham Centre New Urban Park Public Workshop
An exciting opportunity to participate in shaping Markham was held on Saturday, April 3, 2004.