Friday, November 8, 2013

Peter Brown Named Winner of Pinchuk Community Builder Award

The PEI Association of Planners today announced the winner of the first annual Murray Pinchuk Community Builder Award, in conjunction with World Town Planning Day. Peter Brown, president and principle of the Bayside Group, has been named the 2013 Community Builder.  Mr. Brown has a passion for creating a livable community with a focus on downtown redevelopments. His vision and projects have included residential housing for all age groups and incomes as well as commercial spaces for local retail needs. Mr. Brown is a volunteer member of the City of Summerside Official Plan working group, providing valuable input, leadership and guidance to the committee’s work. 

"For the inaugural award, the Association invited the City of Summerside, the late Mr. Pinchuk's employer, to nominate a deserving group or individual to receive the award and we are very pleased to be able to launch the annual Pinchuk Community Builder Awards by recognizing Mr. Brown’s efforts towards building community vibrancy," said Samantha Murphy, president of the PEI Association of Planners. "This award is a testament to all who seek to make the built and natural environment better for the community as a whole.” 

The award was established this year in honour of the late Murray Pinchuk, a member of the Association, friend, and motivator. “Murray was an inspiration to us all with his humble and joyful demeanor,” said award winner, Peter Brown. “His twinkle and sarcasm blended made him unpredictable and fun.” 


Mr. Brown and his company Bayside Builders have been constructing homes and cottages throughout Prince Edward Island for over 20 years, and are a recognized leader in the construction and property development field.  Mr. Brown has an extensive portfolio of projects in Summerside, to highlight a few: the Suites on St Stephen condominium development, renovations to the 50-bed Parkhill Place community Care Facility, Harbour Terrace Condominiums, the lofts at 359 Water Street, multi-unit townhouses and small affordable starter homes on Jennifer Street, multi-unit seniors’ garden townhouses on Pope Road, small tot park on Jennifer Street, and the Hub student apartments downtown (under construction). 


The Murray Pinchuk Community Builder Award is a new award being offered by the PEI Association of Planners to recognize an individual, group, or organization that has, through their outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making their Prince Edward Island community a better place today and for the future in a way that touches on either the built or natural environment.

This may include life-long service, innovative or accessible site design, promoting land use planning in their community, or any other exemplary achievement enhancing the interaction between people and their environment. The Pinchuk Community Builder Award recognizes the highest standard of Community building excellence in the public and private realms.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Honouring an Association member

Earlier this year, the Association was deeply saddened to learn that we had lost an active contributor to the promotion of planning in PEI. Murray Pinchuk passed away in June, and the branch has spent the past several months looking for an appropriate way to recognize his efforts.

In October, a memorial tree was planted in front of City Hall in Summerside, where Murray worked for many years.

On Friday, in honour of Murray's memory and World Town Planning Day, the first annual Murray Pinchuk Community Builder Award will be announced. Stay tuned for more information.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Conference Guide app

A Conference Guide is available through your mobile phones and other devices.  The free GUIDEBOOK app, once downloaded, allows viewers to select an event. Our conference is listed as "API 2013."

For those of you who prefer, a paper guide will also be available at the conference.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Registration is now open!

Delegates are now able to register for our conference, coming up this October in Charlottetown.  More detailed information on the conference sessions will be following over the coming days.

The link to the online registration form is located in the sidebar.  Looking forward to seeing everyone in Charlottetown in October!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Registration is coming soon

Thank you for the recent comments and emails about registration.  We are not yet ready open registration but will be doing our best to let everyone know when the time does come.  

There was one question about group rates for the fees - unfortunately, this is not one of the options we generally offer for our conferences.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Conference Count-down

Our conference begins in 68 days and the planning continues!  Check out our Conference Page for the latest news.

Registration will be opened in a few weeks - we are still finalizing details on mobile workshops and other events.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do hesitate to contact us at peiplanners at or via twitter under @PlanningPEI.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

PEI Task Force on Land Use Policy ~ Consultations

Prince Edward Island Task Force on Land Use Policy

The Task Force on Land Use Policy has been established to ensure all Islanders
have the opportunity to share their ideas for developing, and implementing, future
land use policy.

The Task Force will be hosting a series of open houses and workshops across the  province. The Task Force will also be available to hear presentations from individuals and organizations.

Meet the Task Force and read the Draft Provincial Land Use Policies

The task force is chaired by John Handrahan, Tignish. The other members are Janice Harper, Charlottetown; Carol Horne, Charlottetown; Paul Gallant, Souris West; and Marvyn Webster, Kelvin Grove.

Contact Christine MacKinnon for more information, 368-5282,

Meeting Schedule:
Charlottetown – Charlottetown Rural High School, 100 Raiders Road
Thursday, May 2, 6:30-9pm (Open house from 6:30, short presentation at 7)

Wellington – Vanier Community Centre, 48 Mill Road
Tuesday, May 7, 6:30-9pm Interpretation service available (Open house from
6:30, short presentation at 7)

Montague – Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre, 53 Wood Island Road
Thursday, May 16, 6:30-9pm (Open house from 6:30, short presentation at 7)

Summerside – Loyalist Lakeview Resort, 195 Harbour Drive
Tuesday, May 21, 6:30-9pm (Open house from 6:30, short presentation at 7)

Elmsdale – Westisle Composite High School, 39570 Western Road
Thursday, May 30, 6:30 – 9pm (Open house from 6:30, short presentation at 7)

Souris – Access PEI, 15 Green Street
Tuesday, June 4, 6:30-9pm (Open house from 6:30, short presentation at 7)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

What would you ask?

Given that we are now venturing out into the social media world, we would like to foster and encourage public discussion about issues relating to planning, community vitality, and shared or common interests when it comes to land use planning in Prince Edward Island.

To get the ball rolling, we would like to collect a list of questions and discussion topics that we can pose to help get the public conversation about planning and land use in PEI started.

Please post your wish-list for topics and questions in the comments section of this post, and feel free to discuss there too!

Joining Twitter

The PEI Association of Planners has joined the world of twitter, posting under the handle of @PlanningPEI.