Sutton Cultural Development Project: Consultations with the Community about the Village Core

With financial assistance from the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec and support from the consulting firm Mille-Lieux, the Town of Sutton is setting up a process to co-create, with the community, a project for the future development of the village core. Given the vacant land formerly occupied by the Filtex plant, issues related to the infrastructure for the Museum of Communications and History of Sutton, and the John Sleeth Centre, which houses arts and community organizations, a number of possibilities have opened up. In a four-phase consultation process that will take place in the coming months, community members will be invited to express their visions and needs regarding the village core.

Late March to mid-June: Establishment of a Steering Committee composed of individuals with experience in urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, design, heritage buildings, local history, public art and/or strong community involvement, as well as key players representing the areas of arts and culture, community, business and tourism. These persons will seek out the opinions of their members and users and invite them to attend the community workshops. The role of the Steering Committee will be to represent the community and make its needs known, to support the Town in the organization of the day-long workshops for residents, and to advise the Town on the elaboration of a diagnostic approach, a vision of the future and a development project, in cooperation with the team of consultants. Elected officials, Town of Sutton employees and consultants will sit on this committee as well. A public invitation is being issued to fill the seats on the Steering Committee!

 

April and May: Two day-long workshops open to all Sutton residents so they can determine together what a desirable future for Sutton and its village core might look like. The topics will cover the use and development of public spaces, the protection and enhancement of landscapes and local heritage, and the place of new architecture and public art. The group co-creation project will generate two development scenarios.

 

 

Late May-early June: Online consultation open to the entire community. Sutton residents will be asked to participate in the process by commenting on the vision and the two development scenarios generated in the workshops.

 

Mid-September: Public presentation of the final scenario, which will integrate the responses from the online consultation. At this stage, the goal is to produce a visual draft of the major project concepts that will be presented to the community. There will be further consultations with local residents in the later stages of project development (architectural drawings, budgets, etc.).