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Downtown Development Revitalization Advisory Committee

Statement of Purpose

The Downtown Development and Revitalization Advisory Committee (DDRC) is a volunteer committee established to advise and assist City Council and staff by identifying opportunities and barriers in the downtown that contribute or detract from the downtown as a vibrant place to live, to work and to play including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Reporting annually regarding metrics measuring the liveability, health and wellness of downtown with, particular attention relating to the impact of downtown licensed establishments.
  • Advising in regards to a downtown civic square.
  • Reviewing and providing input and comment on initiatives impacting the downtown including but not limited to:
    - The Downtown Parking Study
    - Community Improvement Initiatives affecting downtown
    - Major public initiatives, investments and improvements in the downtown
    - Policy directions focused on downtown, including but not limited to the Creative Cluster Master Plan


The Committee shall be comprised of up to seven members as follows:

  • Executive Director of the St. Catharines Downtown Association (BIA) or designate.
  • two business owners that operates a business in the downtown.
  • two citizen members (one preferably living in the downtown).
  • one citizen member with demonstrated skills or background in community design, new urbanism, architecture or similar credentials focused on the built environment.
  • one representative from Brock University.

Notwithstanding the Simplified Meetings Procedures for advisory bodies, the Committee may invite non-member participation on sub-committees at the discretion of the Committee.

Reporting Structure

The Committee shall report to Council through the Economic Sustainability Committee. The Chair of the Downtown Development and Revitalization Advisory Committee will also be a member of the Economic Sustainability Committee.

Administrative support to the Downtown Development and Revitalization Advisory Committee (DDRC) shall be provided by the Planning and Building Services Department, which shall assign a Secretary to the Committee.

Additional staff resources as required from time to time will be provided by the department.

Membership Term

Term of Council, or as determined by Council.

Membership List

Harald Ensslen

Brianne Hawley

Chris Lowes

Mike Mazzolino

Robin McPherson

Tisha Polocko, BIA

Daniel Romanko

Bernie Slepkov

David Vivian, Brock University

Meeting Schedule and Location(s)

The Committee will meet every second month, or at the discretion of the Chair.

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