Village and Corridor Planning: Fernwood, North Park and Hillside-Quadra


New Neighbourhood Plans for Fernwood, North Park and Hillside-Quadra

Following a public hearing on July 14, 2022, Council approved new neighbourhood plans for North Park, Fernwood and Hillside-Quadra, as well as associated amendments to the City's Official Community Plan. You can view the report, presentation and discussion here.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the development of these plans over the past two and a half years.

About the Plans

How We Got Here

Community engagement to update these three neighbourhood plans began in 2020. After two phases of engagement, draft plans and design guidelines were shared with the community in October 2021 for feedback. Revisions to these draft plans were made based on public input received in a third phase of engagement before being brought forward for Council's consideration.

Read the full Council report here and watch the recording of the May 5 Committee of the Whole meeting here.

What We Heard

While each neighbourhood has its own distinct traits and individual priorities, we heard throughout engagement the desire for 15-minute communities. This means a wider range of housing options, both on and off transit corridors, walkable urban villages with local businesses, and public spaces that bring people together. We also heard the desire for planning that supports equitable, diverse and inclusive communities.

In early 2020, we explored issues, opportunities and big ideas together with the community. More than 1,000 residents provided ideas and insights about what they love and would like to see improved in Fernwood, North Park and Hillside-Quadra neighbourhoods. You can find the Early Engagement Summary here.

Building on what we heard and what we learned through technical studies and analysis, the City then hosted a series of planning and design workshops with diverse community members in the fall of 2020. Draft concepts were developed together with the community and were presented to the broader public for review and feedback through focus groups, online surveys and this online platform. Read the Phase 2 Engagement Summary here.

In Phase 3, draft policies, plans and design guidelines were presented to the broader public for feedback. We heard general support for most of what was proposed, and continued emphasis on diversity and affordability in new housing as well as local businesses, services and amenities to serve a growing population. This input has informed the revised Neighbourhood Plans and Design Guidelines that are now being considered for adoption. More detail can be found in the Phase 3 Engagement Summary here.

What was the level of public participation?

The third phase of engagement ranged from inform to consult on the Spectrum of Public Participation. The community was consulted about the content of the three Draft Neighbourhood Plans and the associated Draft Design Guidelines, Official Community Plan Amendments and zoning directions.

The Draft Neighbourhood Plans are based on findings from Phases 1 and 2 of engagement, which included efforts to consult, involve and collaborate with members of the community.

The City has designed an engagement process that emphasizes equity, diversity and inclusion. We want to hear all voices, including those who are often underrepresented in the community planning process.

For additional resources about the engagement, analysis and the community engagement process, see the 'Documents' section at the bottom right.



New Neighbourhood Plans for Fernwood, North Park and Hillside-Quadra

Following a public hearing on July 14, 2022, Council approved new neighbourhood plans for North Park, Fernwood and Hillside-Quadra, as well as associated amendments to the City's Official Community Plan. You can view the report, presentation and discussion here.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the development of these plans over the past two and a half years.

About the Plans

How We Got Here

Community engagement to update these three neighbourhood plans began in 2020. After two phases of engagement, draft plans and design guidelines were shared with the community in October 2021 for feedback. Revisions to these draft plans were made based on public input received in a third phase of engagement before being brought forward for Council's consideration.

Read the full Council report here and watch the recording of the May 5 Committee of the Whole meeting here.

What We Heard

While each neighbourhood has its own distinct traits and individual priorities, we heard throughout engagement the desire for 15-minute communities. This means a wider range of housing options, both on and off transit corridors, walkable urban villages with local businesses, and public spaces that bring people together. We also heard the desire for planning that supports equitable, diverse and inclusive communities.

In early 2020, we explored issues, opportunities and big ideas together with the community. More than 1,000 residents provided ideas and insights about what they love and would like to see improved in Fernwood, North Park and Hillside-Quadra neighbourhoods. You can find the Early Engagement Summary here.

Building on what we heard and what we learned through technical studies and analysis, the City then hosted a series of planning and design workshops with diverse community members in the fall of 2020. Draft concepts were developed together with the community and were presented to the broader public for review and feedback through focus groups, online surveys and this online platform. Read the Phase 2 Engagement Summary here.

In Phase 3, draft policies, plans and design guidelines were presented to the broader public for feedback. We heard general support for most of what was proposed, and continued emphasis on diversity and affordability in new housing as well as local businesses, services and amenities to serve a growing population. This input has informed the revised Neighbourhood Plans and Design Guidelines that are now being considered for adoption. More detail can be found in the Phase 3 Engagement Summary here.

What was the level of public participation?

The third phase of engagement ranged from inform to consult on the Spectrum of Public Participation. The community was consulted about the content of the three Draft Neighbourhood Plans and the associated Draft Design Guidelines, Official Community Plan Amendments and zoning directions.

The Draft Neighbourhood Plans are based on findings from Phases 1 and 2 of engagement, which included efforts to consult, involve and collaborate with members of the community.

The City has designed an engagement process that emphasizes equity, diversity and inclusion. We want to hear all voices, including those who are often underrepresented in the community planning process.

For additional resources about the engagement, analysis and the community engagement process, see the 'Documents' section at the bottom right.


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