What Do You Think Brampton Should Look Like in the Future?

New developments galore are set to hit Brampton over the next few years, from an LRT stop, to a university, to a brand new streetscape in the downtown core, to a Riverwalk, to more centres devoted to health research, and beyond. Now, the city is asking Bramptonians what they want to see from their city in the coming years.

So, whether you have an idea for a new event, a neighbourhood or road that you want to see improved, more public art, or absolutely anything you can think of that would give Brampton an upgrade, now is the time to share it with the city. In fact, you can chat with the Bright Ideas Street Team at a bunch of upcoming events - several that are taking place this week - to share your thoughts.

Here’s where you can find the Street Team if you want to share ideas in person this week:

September 26 - Transit Customer Appreciation Day @ Brampton Gateway Terminal, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

September 26 - Starting STRONG Business Event @ City Hall, West Tower, boardrooms 2C/2D, 6-9 p.m.

September 28 - Transit Customer Appreciation Day @ Bramalea Transit Terminal, 3-6 p.m.

September 28 - Mount Pleasant Village Market @ Mount Pleasant Village, 5-9 p.m.

September 28 - How to Start a Small Business @ Mount Pleasant Village Library, 7-8:30 p.m.

September 29 - Transit Customer Appreciation Day @ Heart Lake Transit Terminal, 2-5 p.m.

September 30 - Brampton Farmers’ Market @ Downtown Brampton, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

September 30 - Doors Open Brampton @ City Hall, Alderlea, Mount Pleasant Recreation Centre, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

If you can’t make it to any of these events, not to worry, there’s an entire online portal dedicated to gathering resident ideas, which you can find by clicking here.

You can register online and share your ideas by pinning them on a map of Brampton (ie. if you want to see a new festival at Chinguacousy Park, you would "map" your idea by pinning and commenting on the interactive map), simply commenting with a new idea, or even sharing photos and videos.

The platform is an engaging way to get people across Brampton involved in its development - more specifically, based on what they love, want to improve, and wish we had in the city.

Several residents have already engaged with the new site - hundreds of comments have popped up in its short time on the interwebs.

For instance, on the map feature, one resident suggested more festivals at Eldorado Park, another suggested more bike lanes around Main and Queen, a few suggested a cap on housing developments like condos and townhouses, and much more.

If you don't have many ideas, you can even vote on what others have suggested using the "your idea" feature, where you can either comment with an idea you have, or endorse an idea someone else has suggested.

Ultimately, whether you choose to post a photo, a video, a comment, or a pin on the map, all of the ideas given will be taken into consideration for developing a vision for Brampton's future.

This is all part of Brampton’s campaign for residents' ideas on what they want Brampton to look like in five years, 10 years, 25 years, and even beyond that.

The city's goal is to create a vision to "set Brampton apart from other suburban cities and to position it as a hub for jobs and innovation, a sustainable future city, and one that people are proud to call home."

The new vision will be presented in spring 2018. The city has confirmed that the vision will reflect ideas from the portal and those gathered from residents by the Street Team.

You'll want to get your ideas in soon - the city is accepting suggestions through this platform until October 31.

To create a profile and start contributing, click here.

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