September 2015, Fotenn Consultants Inc. were hired to execute a consultation
process about the Cultural Precinct by conducting stakeholder workshops, open
houses, surveys, presentations and local interactive events. After extensive
study, the consultants created initial concept plans that will provide
background information to the process that will follow.
parallel with the work being conducted by Fotenn
Consultants Inc., Council also engaged the consulting services of AECOM Canada Architects Ltd.to
conduct a Repurposing Study and make recommendations on the use of five
Town-owned structures – the former Library,
former Senior’s Centre, Victoria Hall, The Petch House and the Armoury.
is part of the background information to support the Council approved
multi-stage planning approach to ensure a successful conclusion to the Cultural
Precinct/Library Square project. A report will be presented to Council by
the end of June, outlining the Public Consultation
Process for this project.
broad objective of this study was to identify and meet key stakeholders and
recognize their needs for facility use. Furthermore, based on the information
received from the user groups and after holding public meetings and conducting
a survey to identify the needs of the community stakeholders of Aurora, the
report will make recommendations to the Council on the determination and
disposition of use of the above mentioned facilities.
was conducted with a complete background review, Official Plan, Economic
Development Strategy, Promenade Plan, Strategic Plan, Parks and recreational
Master Plan, Heritage District Plans and ongoing Community Improvement Plan.
four milestones of the approved plan are:
First Milestone: Council approval of the Guiding Principles for the Cultural
Precinct Study as presented by Fotenn and endorsement of future milestones
(April 19, 2016)
Second Milestone: Delivery of Repurposing Study and Approval of a notional
budget for investment in cultural infrastructure (May 3, 2016)
- Third Milestone: Acceptance of present concept plans for the Cultural Precinct
and the Repurposing Study and approval of the public consultation process
Fourth Milestone: Council Direction of a concept for the Cultural Precinct
Aurora Repurposing Study