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Blue Mountain

Conference 2017

Revitalizing Wasaga Beach: Bringing Back the Social, Cultural & Economic Heart

October 04, 2017

1:15pm - 2:15pm

Wasaga Beach is a historic seasonal community with suburban car-dominated values, which has no people-oriented downtown. This session will focus on Wasaga Beach’s plans to revitalize its once-thriving tourist economy by recreating a downtown through placemaking design. Presenters will share strategies for consensus building and change management, as well as tools to promote development and revitalization. Also, they will discuss a case study illustrating how short-term public space activation can promote changes in planning approaches and help to garner public support. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Gaining knowledge about methods and best practices for building consensus through public engagement and communication strategies, and how consensus building can influence change management in the planning process. 
  • Gaining knowledge about tools to manage change, implement policy and promote development.
  • Understanding how short-term activation of public spaces can promote change and help the community build resilience and support for new planning approaches.