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<br />REPORT TO: <br />Planning & Strategic Initiatives Committee <br />DATE OF MEETING: <br />April 28, 2014 <br />SUBMITTED BY: <br />Alain Pinard, Director of Planning <br />PREPARED BY: <br />Natalie Goss, Senior Planner - 519-741-2200 ext. 7067 <br />Kendra Martin, Communications and Marketing Associate <br />ext. 7547 <br />WARD(S) INVOLVED: <br />ALL <br />DATE OF REPORT: <br />April 7, 2014 <br />REPORT NO.: <br />CSD-14-025 <br />SUBJECT: PLANNING AROUND RAPID TRANSIT STATIONS <br />(PARTS) – PHASE 2: COMMUNICATIONS APPROACH <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />That staff proceed with Approach #3 for communication and stakeholder engagement of <br />the Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations (PARTS) Station Plans as described in report <br />CSD-14-025 and subject to purchasing processes. <br />BACKGROUND: <br />The Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations (PARTS) project was introduced to Council through <br />report CSD-12-150 presented at the November 12, 2012 Council Strategy Session. PARTS <br />Phase 1 concluded in December 2013 with report CSD-13-104 wherein Council supported staff <br />to proceed with PARTS Phase 2 (corridor-wide initiatives) and Station Study Area Planning in <br />accordance with the sequencing and timing outlined in that report. This report is about one of <br />the five corridor-wide initiatives of Phase 2. <br />REPORT: <br />Light rail transit (LRT) has the potential to be a major factor in the long-term growth and <br />continued economic prosperity of our area. With it comes the potential for change in the areas <br />close to the stations. In order to ensure that the proper framework to guide growth and stability <br />in these locations is present, the City has started a detailed and comprehensive planning <br />initiative referred to as Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations (PARTS). PARTS will <br />investigate and confirm land use, engineering and community infrastructure, streetscapes, <br />urban design, transportation implications and, transportation demand management techniques <br />within walking distance of the stops. PARTS does not include discussion on the merits of rapid <br />transit or the location and design of the actual rapid transit line or stations as those are <br />initiatives led by the Region of Waterloo who has jurisdiction over the LRT system. The Region <br />has their own communications program regarding those matters which the City is coordinating <br />our efforts with. <br />PARTS Phase 1 resulted in a project plan and background report. Within this project plan <br />(Figure 1) five corridor-wide initiatives are to be completed in advance of the PARTS Station <br />Study Area Plans. One of these five initiatives is to develop a communications approach for <br />conducting Station Study Area Plans as they will involve significant stakeholder engagement. <br />4 - 1 <br /> <br />