By Tessa Nasca, Community Environmental Sustainability (Pbto/Halib) Hub

A resident writes their thoughts about the Stewart Street Neighbourhood project on chart paper.

Residents participate in providing feedback at a Ryerson student-hosted Citizens’ Forum. ©Nadine Changfoot

This semester, the Active Neighbourhoods Canada (ANC) Peterborough project engaged a group of seven Masters of Planning students from Ryerson University in the development of a “Neighbourhood Plan” for the Stewart St. Neighbourhood. As a part of their final studio project, these students worked with the ANC steering committee, the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, and Stewart St. neighbourhood residents to gather feedback and propose design interventions to improve infrastructure in the Stewart Street neighbourhood. The Ryerson students hosted a “Citizen’s Forum” event in March, and over 35 residents came out to discuss their priorities for neighbourhood infrastructure. The Ryerson students took this feedback, and correlated it with local political and planning opportunities to realize the residents’ vision for public space in their neighbourhood.