Here is a list of some basic resources. We will add to it as things come up- let us know if you’re looking for something, have a suggestion, or a question.
Local green groups
There are a ton of great community groups doing good work around Greater Sudbury. Check out Green Connect to find out who’s doing what when it comes to green issues and community revitalization.
Land Use Planning
Greater Sudbury’s Official Plan lays out the framework for where development can take place and in what form, transportation and water infrastructure, and if and how nature and water is protected (on top of any provincial or federal rules). It’s a long but very important policy document. If you’re having a look, don’t forget the ‘schedules’ – these are the maps and they’re full of information like what’s allowed to be built where, where floodplains and wetlands are, where existing and planned roads are, natural heritage and lots more.
Greater Sudbury is currently reviewing its Official Plan, and public input is part of that – you can follow that here.
Smart Growth is a way of planning our communities at a human scale, where you can meet your daily needs within walking distance, and nature, water, and farmland is protected. Find out more at Smart Growth Ontario and you can find lots of great relevant articles at City Lab, Spacing Toronto, Active Neighbourhood Canada, and Strong Towns.
Greater Sudbury is currently reviewing its Transportation Master Plan, and for the first time there are maps of cycling routes.
Greater Sudbury accepted a Sustainable Mobility Plan in 2010.
City Bus schedules and maps are here.
Green Spaces and Trails
Looking for trail maps or organized hikes? Rainbow Routes Association has them.
Conservation Sudbury also has trail maps and regular outdoor family activities.
Greater Sudbury has over 330 lakes and many more wetlands.
Find information (including water quality information) on our lake here
Find annual lake water quality reports here
Find lake stewardship committees here
Watershed studies began in 2016. Find out more
You can find drinking water quality reports here
You can find Greater Sudbury’s Source Protection Plan (protecting our drinking water sources) here
Find current air quality readings here
See current SO2 readings from Vale monitoring stations here
Read Clean Air Sudbury’s 5 year reports on air quality
Local food and farming
Eat Local Sudbury is where you can find local food, and get in touch with local farmers.
Find out about Greater Sudbury’s community gardens here.
Looking for support as a farmer in the North East? Look here.
Join us or have a look through Green Connect for lots of great local groups!
There are some great resources and inspiration for community engagement. Here are a few: participatory budgeting, our own Myths and Mirrors Community Arts, Abundant Community, Tamarack, Cities for People, and tons of great books we can’t link to here.
Here is a collection of photos from around the world by Urb:I Urban Ideas.
And our own Project Impact.
Find agendas, times and minutes for meeting of Council and committees of Council. You can also see meetings live-streamed by clicking on the agenda (or re-play the video later).
City of Greater Sudbury’s Strategic Plans
Check out the City’s Open Data Portal