Thanks for your input!

We sincerely appreciate the community's input and comments over the past year. In just over a year, we have received 600 comments on how to improve the central peninsula. Your feedback will form a record of what went into the Plan. Over the next few months, staff are continuing to draft the plan and prepare for the formal adoption process.

Check out the City website for new information on the neighbourhood plan:

City of Saint John releases draft neighbourhood plan

We want to share the draft neighbourhood plan with you. We'll be looking for any feedback on the plan until June 29th. Please submit any comments here, or via the contact methods below.

Check out the guide below for an overview of the plan:

Or dig into the full draft of the plan:

Additional Documents

What's next

After gathering further input throughout the month of June, we're aiming to initiate the adoption period for the plan in August, with the plan finalized by Common Council before the end of the year.


In person

We will be setting up a storefront in the City Market during the month of June:

  • Thursday, June 7, 11:30-3
  • Friday, June 8, 11:30-3
  • Thursday, June 14, 11:30-3
  • Friday, June 15, 11:30-3
  • Thursday, June 21, 11:30-3
  • Friday, June 22, 11:30-3
  • Thursday June 28, 11:30-3
  • Friday June 29, 11:30-3


Regular Mail

One Stop Development Shop

PO Box 1971

Saint John, NB

E2L 4L1

Share your comments on the draft plan

We've posted the draft plan and want to know what you think. Tell us about it here.

Stay tuned for more opportunities to learn about the plan and how else you can get involved.

Outline of Neighbourhood Plan

Draft Central Peninsula Plan Neighbourhood Plan Coming Soon!

Tell us what you thought about the Open House

We'd like to know what you thought about the Open House on November 23rd. What did you like, what would you change, was there anything missing? Send us your comments by December 15th.

If you couldn't make it to the Open House, we've posted all materials to this website, which you can access by clicking on "Info," or directly through the links below:

Targeted feedback to create a beautiful city

Good afternoon,

We've installed three new maps on the CoUrbanize platform, which you may access by "Choose topic." These are:

  1. Accessibility (Wintertime improvements, Universal accessibility, Pedestrian, or Automobile-related), Cleanliness, and Beautification.
  2. Cleanliness (Garbage bins, Large items, Pet waste, Litter)
  3. Beautification (Public art, street trees, shrubs, banners/wayfinding).

Through your pins we'll crowdsource the information and help identify priorities to include in the neighbourhood plan.

PS. Thanks to all who attended the Open House last night at Market Square!

Reminder - Open House tomorrow (Nov 23)

A friendly reminder that the Central Pensinsula Neighbourhood Plan Open House will be occurring tomorrow evening. We'll have lots of information and be sharing key components of the plan, including but not limited to an urban design approach, recommendations on changes to the heritage by-law, and actions for neighbourhood change/revitalization.

Whether you live, work, or just have an interest in Saint John's core-- all are welcome to attend.

You're invited to the Open House on Nov. 23!

Thursday, November 23rd

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Market Square Atrium

Please join us for an Open House on November 23rd and be a part of what’s taking shape on the central peninsula. An important milestone in the development of the plan, the purpose of the open house is to share progress on the development of the neighbourhood plan and to receive feedback on the draft materials and direction of the neighbourhood plan. This will include:

  • Concept plans and development strategies for areas of the Central Peninsula identified as significant areas of growth and change;
  • An action strategy outlining a wide range of actions, policies and advocacy positions to support both the economic, physical and social development of the Central Peninsula;
  • Draft recommendations for updates to the City’s Heritage program;
  • An open space and mobility strategy for the Central Peninsula; and
  • Framework for a new urban design program to encourage growth and investment


5:30PM – 6:00PM, Sign In, Read About the Project, and Share Your Thoughts

6:00PM – 7:00PM, Presentation of the proposed direction for the Neighbourhood Plan

7:00PM – 8:30PM, Meet, mingle and share your thoughts


Please rsvp to

Can’t make it to the Open House? All draft materials presented at the public open house will be posted to this website ( for the community to provide additional feedback.

Next phase of CoUrbanize

Thank you for providing feedback on What's Great, What Could be Better, and What's Missing on the Central Peninsula! We have heard you and compiled a report summarizing major themes of engagement which will be presented at Common Council on November 14th.

The next phase of CoUrbanize is to get specific feedback on three targeted areas. This feedback will be further utilized the geography of the peninsula and where interventions should be prioritized in the plan.

How we can:

(1) Improve accessibility within the peninsula

(2) Identify particular areas that could benefit from waste removal and added orderliness

(3) What areas could benefit most from beautification

Comment on the Map to answer the three questions we've designed to prioritize these improvements around the Central Peninsula.

Provide detailed feedback with a workbook!

What are the potential big moves for developing the Central Peninsula over the next 25 years?

What tools are most important for conserving our heritage?

What is the future of the Marsh Creek area?

How do we support the arts & culture scene in the uptown?

In case you missed the Central Peninsula Summit, these are some the questions we want your input on! We have attached a .pdf fillable workbook to obtain your detailed feedback. Work through the whole document, or just submit a section which interests you.

What's Included?

The document includes initial placemaking concepts to spur discussion. These concepts span four key areas: the South End, Waterloo Village, Uptown & Central Waterfront, and South Watefront.

Also included in the workbooks are the following thematic topics:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Health, Environment and Resiliency
  • Housing, Inclusiveness, and Quality of Life, and,
  • Heritage

How do I submit a workbook?

  • Email - Fill and submit electronically to
  • Mail Print and mail to us "ATTN: Neighbourhood Plan P.O. Box 1971, Saint John NB E2L4R1"
  • In Person Print and drop it off to us at the One Stop Shop, 10th Floor, City Hall between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Morning Mess

ACRE Architects and ACAP Saint John have partnered with the City to host a placemaking design studio. The studio will be centered around three themes: urban water management, greening public spaces, and active transportation. The aim of the studio is to brainstorm small-scale interventions for the central peninsula.

Date: Thursday, July 20th

Time: 8:30am – 9:30am

Central Peninsula Summit Workshops

Interested in helping to shape change for important spaces in the Uptown, South End and Waterloo Village. What about developing strategies to address or improve important opportunities and challenges facing our urban core neighbourhoods? If so, please attend the Central Peninsula Summit workshops this Friday and Saturday. We're looking for your input.

Don't Miss the Central Peninsula Summit

Today is the day and we really want to hear from you. Please join us for the Summit Kick Off from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m this evening at St. John the Baptist School.

And here's the schedule for the next two days. All events are free and open for the public.

Friday, July 7

8:30am - 3:30pm - Stakeholder Workshop*

4:00 - 5:00pm - Public Open House

Saturday, July 8

8:30am - 3:30pm - Public Workshop*

4:00 - 5:00pm - Public Open House

*Lunch will be provided during the workshops. We kindly ask that you RSVP

Detailed Topic Schedule for the Summit Workshops

Can't make it for the the full day workshops for the Central Peninsula Summit? Check out the detailed topic schedule for the event and drop in to discuss the issues that are most important to you.

Please rsvp to

Summit Kick Off Event - Thursday Evening, July 6

Come kick off the Summit event on Thursday evening and hear what the community has told us so far and review the project consultants "fresh eyes" analysis of the Central Peninsula. Presentations start at 6:30.

Stakeholder Workshop - Friday, July 7

Public Workshop - Saturday, July 8

Theme Based Topics:

1.   Celebrating Heritage

a.      Bricks and mortar but also the stories of the peninsula

b.     What does heritage mean?

c.      Moving from a rigid approach to something sensitive to heritage but realistic and flexible


2.   Diversifying the Offerings

a.      Economic development

b.     Arts, culture and entertainment/events


3.   Housing, Inclusivity and Quality of Life

a.      Housing affordability, quality, and suitability

b.     Social and community service, amenities

c.      Socio-economic issues (poverty, gentrification)

d.     Family-friendliness


4.   Healthy & Resilient Central Peninsula

a.      Environmental sustainability (remediation, water quality, climate change, Marsh Creek)

b.     Mobility and connections (transit, active transportation, infrastructure, Parking)

Pecha Kucha Night - June 29th

"What does your community mean to you?"

We've invited 10 speakers from Saint John to share their ideas and stories on the Central Peninsula. The format of a Pecha Kucha Night is to deliver short, punchy presentations of 6.5 minutes (20 slides timed to 20 seconds each). Stop by for this one of a kind event and celebrate our city's creativity.

Time and Location

Thursday, June 29th, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Picaroons General Store, 32 Canterbury Street

No Registration Required

Don't Miss the Central Peninsula Summit July 6 - 8

Please join us for the Central Peninsula Summit from July 6th to July 8th and be a part of what’s taking shape on the central peninsula. The City and Urban Strategies Inc. is hosting a free three-day conversation at St. John the Baptist School that will bring residents, stakeholders and community leaders together to explore the opportunities and challenges facing the Central Peninsula, and to discuss ideas and directions for the future, including how to improve and enhance the Central Peninsula’s many unique places. 

The Summit is structured around a series of thematic discussions. Participants will be presented background information, and then invited to explore ideas and key place-making opportunities within each theme to bring about positive change and better position the Central Peninsula as a valued place where people want to live, work, recreate, and raise a family.

The ideas that emerge from the Summit will shape the Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Action Plan, which will demonstrate how strategic public sector improvements and private sector developments can bring about positive transformation over the next 25 years.

The Central Peninsula Summit will address the following broad themes:

• The waterfront

• Open space and connectivity

• Vacant, derelict and underutilized lands

• Areas of change, stability and disinvestment

• Heritage, including rehabilitation, upgrading,

and infill

• Placemaking opportunities throughout the Peninsula

• Economic & Social issues

• Arts & Culture

• Transportation

Have an idea on the go? Text us!

We've just launched an exciting new way to get your feedback on the Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan! Look for 8 different signs like these posted around town showing numbers to text with ideas about how we can improve the Central Peninsula.

Your texts will post in real time to our comments map and help to shape the vision for the Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan. We want to hear from you! Keep an eye out for the signs at the following locations:

Public Launch Event

The Central Peninsula is Taking Shape! On Wednesday, May 24th the City of Saint John will be hosting the Public Launch of the Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Action Plan at the Interaction School of the Performing Arts, located at 228 Germain Street. This will be the first opportunity for the community to help in shaping the future of the Central Peninsula. At this event, you will be able to learn details about the neighbourhood planning project, upcoming opportunities for public involvement, to meet the Citizen led Neighbourhood Action Team, and to provide feedback on the future growth and change of the Central Peninsula. The event will be family friendly, with daycare provided on site. The public launch will begin with an open house at 4:30PM. Food will be provided and presentations about the Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Action Plan will begin at 5:30PM.

Event Schedule

4:30 – Sign in, read about the project, and share your thoughts

5:30 – Welcoming remarks by Mayor Darling

5:40 – Presentations                      

6:30 – Meet, mingle and share your thoughts at the stations

8:30 – Event concludes

Can’t make it to the public launch? You can find out about future public involvement opportunities and provide your thoughts on how the Central Peninsula should grow and change on the project website at

The Central Peninsula is taking shape!

Thank you for visiting our project page. We're using this platform to gather your feedback on Saint John's Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Action Plan and as a library of draft plans, studies, and up-to-date information on the project.

Follow the project to receive email notifications about new status updates, upcoming events and drop a pin on the Map to share your ideas with us.