The City of Markham is transforming the way residents share ideas and access information with the launch of its new online public engagement website, Your Voice Markham.
YourVoiceMarkham.ca allows residents to influence planning and other important decisions on city matters that are important to them.
The city’s goal is to engage and interact with those who live, work and play in Markham so that ideas can be shared with city staff who will collect feedback so they can make more informed decisions as the city plans for its future.
There are a few projects on the website where the city is seeking community input, and more will continued to be added in the future. Some of the projects include: Your Markham Centre, Markham’s Gateway Master Plan, and Main Street Unionville Streetscape Master Plan for the Commercial Core.
“Your Voice Markham is the newest addition to the city’s Digital Markham Strategy, which in part, aims to advance Markham as a leader in digital innovation and transformation,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Your voice matters. We would love to hear from our residents and those who work and play in Markham. Tell us what matters to you, and share your ideas with us on this new platform. It is our job to deliver exceptional services and to create welcoming communities while also maintaining the highest standards in environmental protection and Your Voice Markham will give us another avenue to achieve this.”
The vision for Markham Centre is to create a complete and integrated community, containing a mix of uses suitable to a City Centre, including residential, commercial, recreational, cultural and institutional facilities. Your Markham Centre, led by Parvathi Nampoothiri, senior planner, Urban Design for the City of Markham, aims to collect feedback and ideas for what people want in Markham Centre.
“We want to hear from the community, to see what they want their downtown core to look like,” said Nampoothiri. “Your Voice Markham lets us hear from people near and far, making it much broader than previous consultations.”
Arvin Prasad, commissioner of Development Services, City of Markham, agrees: “Our big message is we want to hear from everyone, and with Your Voice Markham, you can help us continue to make Markham Centre a great place.”
Feedback on this project will be open until about mid-June. After this, information will be analyzed by Lura Consulting for inclusion into a community engagement summary report.
The city is holding a series of “pop-up” consultations for Your Markham Centre, including in community centres and libraries. Pop-up locations and more information can be found on yourvoicemarkham.ca/Markham centre.
Gateway features are another area the city would like to receive feedback on. Through its Gateway Master Plan project, the city is requesting help from the public to identify the best locations for city gateways. City gateways help create a sense of identity for the community, and also helps highlight special areas and to further develop a sense of place.
Main Street Unionville Streetscape Master Plan for the commercial core is another project, this time led by Regan Hutcheson, Manager of Heritage, Planning & Urban Design. While community input on this project has closed, residents are encouraged to check back for more information and next steps regarding this initiative.
Register and join the conversation now at yourvoicemarkham.ca