In October 2007, City Council endorsed the City's first Social Development Plan, the Regent Social Development Plan (SDP). The Regent Park SDP is a framework designed to manage change and strengthen community development in the neighbourhood throughout and post revitalization. Recommendations focus on building social inclusion and cohesion through four strategic focus areas: Safety, Employment and Economic Opportunities, Community Building and Communications.
It has been thirteen years since the plan was approved by City Council yet there have been no financial investments in the Social Development Plan.We are calling on the Mayor and City Councillors to support the call from community members to fund the SDP through the 2020 Budget process.
Community revitalization is not just about bricks and mortar. Successful community revitalization is one where both the physical infrastructure and social development receive equal commitment and focus. As the Regent Park Revitalization is entering the final few phases, it is imperative that City Council commits to supporting social development in Regent Park.