City Of Brandon Marking World Town Planning Day With Interactive Youth Event

November 4, 2014

Brandon, MB – To recognize 2014 World Town Planning Day, the City of Brandon’s Community Development Department, in partnership with the Planning & Building Safety and Engineering Departments, is giving local youth the unique opportunity to leave their mark on the “blank slate” that will become the entranceway into the community’s new Youth and Cultural Resource Centres.

The City will host a youth-oriented Design Charrette on November 5th, focusing on the development of vacant lot space on the east side of the newly-opened A.R. McDiarmid Civic Complex at 638 Princess Avenue.

The event will pair visual arts students from Neelin High School and students from Assiniboine Community College’s Civil Technician program with City staff from the Planning & Building Safety, Engineering and Community Development departments. Design options for the space will be explored, which will then inform the formal design drawings that will be submitted for permits in the future.

“The theme of World Town Planning Day this year focuses on making cities socially cohesive and what better way to celebrate this theme than to give the next generation of creative planners the opportunity to shape a piece of their current community,” notes City of Brandon Community Development Coordinator Angie Veilleux. “Once developed, the greenspace will be integrated into the community development programming of the new Cultural Resource Centre and Youth Centre and, ultimately, it will act as a link to other downtown park spaces and the overall vision for Brandon’s downtown.”

“As part of the charrette, we’ll be educating the student participants about the many important pieces of community planning. So, there’s a lot of value for everyone involved in this type of immersive education,” adds City of Brandon Principal Planner Ryan Nickel.

Preliminary plans call for the development of the space in 2015.

For more information about how World Town Planning Day is being marked across Canada, visit