Ward Boundary Review

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In September 2019, the Municipality of Central Elgin launched a Ward Boundary Review and has retained Watson & Associates Economists Ltd., in association with Dr. Robert J. Williams, to undertake the study. The project is a multi-phase assignment which is expected to be completed by Spring 2020.

In September 2019, the Municipality of Central Elgin launched a Ward Boundary Review and retained Watson & Associates Economists Ltd., in association with Dr. Robert J. Williams, to undertake the study. The project is a multi-phase assignment which is expected to be completed by Spring 2020.

Why Conduct a Council & Ward Boundary Review?

  • The Municipality of Central Elgin's population has grown significantly since amalgamation in 1998, and is expected to continue to grow.
  • The Municipality wants to ensure effective representation for all citizens.

The Municipality is working with Watson and Associates Economists Ltd. as well as Dr. Robert J. Williams in order to conduct this review properly. Dr. Williams is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and is considered an expert in municipal ward systems within the province. The consultants will operate independently from Council and staff as they work with residents and stakeholders to design possible ward boundary lines and recommend these ward boundaries to Council for final approval..

In September 2019, the Municipality of Central Elgin launched a Ward Boundary Review and retained Watson & Associates Economists Ltd., in association with Dr. Robert J. Williams, to undertake the study. The project is a multi-phase assignment which is expected to be completed by Spring 2020.

Why Conduct a Council & Ward Boundary Review?

  • The Municipality of Central Elgin's population has grown significantly since amalgamation in 1998, and is expected to continue to grow.
  • The Municipality wants to ensure effective representation for all citizens.

The Municipality is working with Watson and Associates Economists Ltd. as well as Dr. Robert J. Williams in order to conduct this review properly. Dr. Williams is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and is considered an expert in municipal ward systems within the province. The consultants will operate independently from Council and staff as they work with residents and stakeholders to design possible ward boundary lines and recommend these ward boundaries to Council for final approval..

  • PUBLIC HEARING – WARD BOUNDRY REVIEW - ZOOM INSTRUCTIONS

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    01 Oct 2020

    PUBLIC HEARING – WARD BOUNDRY REVIEW

    MUNICIPALITY OF CENTRAL ELGIN

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 5th, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.


    THIS IS A PUBLIC MEETING USING ZOOM WEBINAR SOFTWARE

    To join the meeting through your computer, tablet or smartphone go to:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81894333706

    If you prefer to phone in and listen live, Dial

    + 1 647 374 4685 (long distance charges may apply)

    When prompted, enter the meeting ID:

    818 9433 3706 _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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  • PUBLIC MEETING REGARDING PROPOSALS TO CHANGE WARD BOUNDARIES

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    THE MEETING - WHEN

    The Council will hold a public meeting to provide any person that attends the opportunity to make comment or representation with respect to proposed changes to the ward boundaries for the Municipality of Central Elgin’s Council. The public meeting is to be held on Monday, October 5, 2020 commencing at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be conducted by Zoom Webinar. Additional information including links and telephone numbers to access the meeting can be found at https://www.letstalkcentralelgin.ca/ward-boundary-review.

    The public meeting is being held as required by Municipality of Central Elgin By-law 972 as amended.

    WHAT IS BEING PROPOSED?

    The Municipality of Central Elgin retained Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. in association with Dr. Robert Williams, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Waterloo, to undertake a review of the current ward boundaries within the Municipality and to make recommendations for changes to the boundaries. An initial public consultation session, that included an open house and presentation, was held in November 2019 at the commencement of the project. The Consultants have issued their report and presented it to Council. The report includes a discussion of alternatives and recommended options for changes to ward boundaries. The report can be viewed at https://www.letstalkcentralelgin.ca/ward-boundary-review in the Document Library. Council is seeking comments and representations from the public on the recommended options prior to considering a by-law to implement new ward boundaries that will take effect with the next Council in 2022.

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Further information is available from Donald N. Leitch, Chief Administrative Officer & Clerk, dleitch@centralelgin.org, 519-631-4860 Ext. 276.

    DATED at the Municipality of Central Elgin this 4th day of September, 2020.