2017 Participatory Budgeting (PB) Results are in!

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On behalf of the Ward 1 Participatory Budgeting Advisory Committee (PBAC) I am pleased to announce the results of the 2017 forWard One process.  The following outlines a summary of participation, as well as the project results for this year’s process!

Idea Submission, Public Workshop, & Shortlist

We received 320 ideas during the submission process that was open from November 21 to December 8, 2016, following several weeks of promotion via social media, posters, mailing, and personal contact with schools, churches, synagogues, and community groups.

One of the most difficult but uplifting tasks for the Participatory Budgeting Advisory Committee (PBAC) was to review and consolidate the ideas into a manageable and comprehensive list.  Thus, the Committee needed to go through a rigorous review process which included scrutiny for ineligible ideas, combining duplicate ideas, consolidating similar ideas and amalgamating ideas relating to a specific location or overall theme, as well as a review by City staff.  The process also included a public workshop held on February 15 attended by enthusiastic residents who assisted the committee with this task.

The end result was the 2017 Ballot of 28 ideas.

Voting Results

The forWard one voting period was open from March 27 to April 20, 2017. Ward 1 residents were able to cast their vote on paper at various dropbox locations throughout the ward, as well as online via the forward1.ca website. We received 1,606 valid ballots (209 were on paper) this year.  The forWard one process uses a ranked ballot to collect resident’s priorities for spending money.  Each ballot ranked up to five project ideas and points were assigned by rank: 5 points for the first choice, down to 1 point for the fifth.  The complete list can be downloaded here.

PBAC Recommendation

Once the final voting is completed, PBAC reviews the results to advise the Councillor on how to spend area rating funds for the following year’s capital budget in the ward. PBAC is committed to ensuring the money is shared and enjoyed among all neighbourhoods.  With this principal in mind, PBAC has advised the Councillor to ensure the top 2 projects by vote point totals for each neighbourhood, as well as the top two ward wide projects, are the first 10 projects funded regardless of where the projects sit on the voting results list. These projects are marked on the Voting Results List (on page 2).

Next Steps

Over the next couple of months Aidan will be meeting with City Staff to investigate and obtain implementation estimates on the top projects, starting with the ones identified by PBAC.  His goal is to get as many projects implemented as possible.  Once that is complete (estimated to be in early Fall 2017) Aidan will announce the 2017 Final Project List with budget to the community.    

Top Project Listing (by Rank):

1      Renovation of Westdale Theatre

2      Repair Roads and Sidewalks Throughout Ward 1

3      Recreation Centre on Former Prince Philip School Property

4      Install Water-Bottle Refilling Stations

5      Upgrade Annual Plantings to Perennial Pollinator Plantings

6      Upgrade Playground at City Housing Complex

7      Traffic Calming in Kirkendall

8      Westdale Library Improvements

9      Repave Aberdeen Avenue

10     Improve Parks in Kirkendall South

11     Purchase Property at Alexander Park to Add to Park Space

12     Enhancements to the Victoria Park Pool

13     Outdoor Space for Dalewood Middle School and Rec Centre

14     Upgrade School Crosswalk at Earl Kitchener School

15*   Build Cat Shelters*

16     Improve and Beautify Dundurn Park

17     Upgrade School Crosswalks at Cootes Paradise Elementary School

18     Improve Lighting in Victoria Park

19     Improvements at Coronation Arena

20     Improve Crosswalks in Westdale Village

21     Install Artist Designed Bike Racks

22     Traffic Calming in Ainslie Wood

23     Traffic Calming in Strathcona

24     Install additional Bike Racks

25     Install Benches in Westdale Business Improvement Area (BIA)

26     Install Art Mural at Churchill Park Clubhouse

27     Construct Sidewalk on Devon Place

28     Construct Sidewalk on Homewood Avenue

* The Napier Cat Community do not require any additional funding for infrastructure this year and asked to be removed from the list.

More Information

The full announcement can be downloaded here.

For more information about forWard One, please click here to visit the website.

To download the Civicplan Results Report and Analysis, please click here.