The city has selected 48 people to participate in a citizens’ assembly as part of the Grandview-Woodland planning process.
According to the city, a random, automated selection process was used to determine the members of the assembly.
The members include an equal number of men and women, representation from all adult age groups, and seven self-identified aboriginal members, a news release from the city stated. Selected participants also include local business owners, and renters, owners, and co-op residents.
The group is expected to convene for its first session in September. Its recommendations will be presented to city council in a final report by June 30, 2015.
The citizens’ assembly will be overseen by an advisory committee, consisting of “respected practicing professionals, academics and community engagement specialists”, the city indicated.
City council voted in September 2013 to delay the Grandview-Woodland planning process and establish a citizens’ assembly, following public outcry to initial development proposals for the neighbourhood.
A group called Our Community, Our Plan has criticized the citizens’ assembly process and advocated for an open process that would include any community members that want to participate.