Residents looking to join an advisory committee are invited to an open house Tuesday, April 7 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre. Staff representatives from the advisory committees will be on-hand to meet with residents and those in attendance will be able to apply in-person.
New Advisory Committee Structure
Under the new structure, 13 advisory committees will now fall under
one of four sustainability committees reporting directly to City
Council. The four sustainability committees - cultural sustainability,
economic sustainability, environmental sustainability and social
sustainability - were created to align with the four pillars of the
City's community sustainability strategy, Tending our Garden City.
New Committee Structure City Council
Oversees the four sustainability committees: cultural, economic, environmental and social
Oversees the two task forces
Cultural - Advisory Committees
Arts and Culture Advisory Committee
Advisory Committee (combines the Port Dalhousie Heritage District
Advisory Committee and the St. Catharines Heritage Committee)
Heritage Permit Advisory Committee (new committee)
Public Art Advisory Committee
St. Catharines Museum Advisory Committee
Economic Sustainability - Advisory Committee
Development Revitalization Advisory Committee (combines Downtown
Development Revitalization Committee and Downtown Parking Committee)
Clean City Advisory Committee (combines Clean City Committee and Graffiti Committee)
Green Advisory Committee (combines Green Committee and Urban Forestry committee)
Social Sustainability - Advisory Committees
Accessibility Advisory Committee (formerly called the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Accessibility)
Active Transportation Advisory Committee (combines Active Transportation Committee and Trail Strategy Committee)
Recreation Facilities & Programming Master Plan Implementation Advisory Committee (new committee)
Town and Gown Advisory Committee (formerly the Student Housing Liaison Committee but with new and expanded terms of reference)
Mayor's Forums and Initiatives
Walter Sendzik is introducing new Mayor's Forums as a way to
generate dialogue between the Mayor's Office and residents about
specific community issues. The 2015 forums will focus on older adults,
youth and poverty reduction. Dates and times for the forums will be
released at a later date.
The Meridian Centre Fundraising Task
Force and the Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial Task Force will be part of the new committee structure. Both were created under the
previous term of council, and because each is close to achieving its
objectives they are being moved from committees to task forces. Existing
members will be re-appointed to each task force.
Departmental Working Groups
working groups are the final part of the new committee structure. City
staff will lead the working groups and work together with stakeholders
to help shape policies and processes that affect departments. City Councillors won't formally be part of the working
groups but they are able to attend meetings.
Recreation Facility Users departmental working group will provide input
on recreation facility use.
The Development Process Review departmental
working group will focus on private development policies and procedures.
The Performing Arts Centre Users departmental working group will
connect staff from the Performing Arts Centre with members of the local