January 2020
At Trent University we envision a sustainable and inspiring campus community,
thoughtfully integrating the natural and built environments, with vibrant places to
learn, live, innovate, and be active.
We're launching Phase 2 of the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. There are a variety of ways to participate across campus and in the community.
Here's where we are in the process of updating the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan:
Phase 1: “Understanding the Land” (2019) included Indigenous Traditional Knowledge gathering, collection of natural heritage data from primary and secondary sources, public input, and a campus archaeology study.
Phase 2: Campus Vision - Happening Now
Phase 2 will begin with an exploration of campus and community needs that could or must be accommodated on Trent's Symons Campus, ways to enrich the campus (e.g. walkability, gathering spaces), and the principles that will guide decisions around land use.

Input into this Phase includes a public engagement session, campus pop-ups and an online survey, supported by input from meetings with stakeholder groups, the Trent Nature Areas Stewardship Advisory Committee, Michi Saagiig Land Consultation Officers, and the Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers Council.
Final Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan (2020)
With the priorities for land use established in Phase 2, and the natural heritage and Indigenous Traditional Knowledge findings from Phase 1, draft approaches to the framework of the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan will be prepared. The goal will be to achieve a synergistic relationship between ecology, Indigenous knowledge, cultural heritage and sustainable land use. This final phase will consider the dynamic relationships between urban and natural through a coordinated approach that will contribute to the protection, enhancement, development or redevelopment of the University lands. Public engagement and input will be held in late March, as described above.
Phase 2 Campus and Community Engagement
Share your ideas for the future of Trent. Previous participation in Phase 1 is not a requirement for participating in Phase 2. All welcome!
On-Campus Pop Up
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Trent Student Centre, Alumni Atrium

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Otonabee College Dining Hall
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Bata Library Atrium
Campus and Community Session
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Great Hall, Champlain College

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to view posters and engage with the planning team. A formal presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m., followed by small group discussions on visions for the campus as a place to learn, innovate, be active, and live.
Online Survey
Available February 4, 2020 via TrentLands.ca
Draft Phase 1 Report
The Draft Phase 1 Report includes an overview of the Indigenous Traditional Knowledge findings, public and stakeholder input, and current existing conditions that characterize the University’s lands. Detailed natural heritage findings will be available in advance of the March 25-27 public engagement, after review by key stakeholders and advisory tables/committees. They will offer advice on recommendations arising from the findings to accompany the reports.

Share any comments and feedback on the Draft Phase 1 Report via email to trentlandsplan@trentu.ca.
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Trent has partnered with experts in environmental study, Indigenous and community engagement, and land-use planning and design to help complete the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan.
Associate, Planning and Urban Design
SvN Architects + Planners
With nine years of experience in planning and urban design, Lina’s background in urban planning and landscape architecture equips her with a balanced perspective of the spatial and functional elements that create successful communities. As the project manager on the consultant team, she brings this perspective and expertise to the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan.  
Planning for the Future
Since the 1964 Trent University Master Plan, land use planning has helped to protect, enhance and support our natural setting, teaching and research, the student experience, our academic reputation and the surrounding communities.
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