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


What we’re engaging on:

Watch a video to learn more about the draft plans, ask a question, or participate in an upcoming event, and provide your input in the surveys below.

The City of Victoria is currently working with the community to create neighbourhood plans for North Park, Hillside-Quadra and Fernwood.

Building on the first two phases of engagement, you are now invited to help create the final plans and design guidelines by sharing what you like, what ideas you’d change, and what you think is missing. The surveys provide all you need to give your input in 15 minutes.


What we’re engaging on:

Watch a video to learn more about the draft plans, ask a question, or participate in an upcoming event, and provide your input in the surveys below.

The City of Victoria is currently working with the community to create neighbourhood plans for North Park, Hillside-Quadra and Fernwood.

Building on the first two phases of engagement, you are now invited to help create the final plans and design guidelines by sharing what you like, what ideas you’d change, and what you think is missing. The surveys provide all you need to give your input in 15 minutes.

These plans and design guidelines will help inform updates to zoning and our Official Community Plan.

The purpose of neighbourhood planning is to guide growth for more sustainable and inclusive communities over the next 10 to 20 years.

A healthy and welcoming city is one with diverse housing choices, sustainable transportation options and joyful public spaces for people with different incomes, lifestyles and family make-ups.

Read the Draft Fernwood Neighbourhood Plan, Draft Fernwood Village Design Guidelines, and a brief summary.

Read the Draft Hillside-Quadra Neighbourhood Plan or a brief summary.

Read the Draft North Park Neighbourhood Plan or a brief summary.

We also have updated draft design guidelines for new buildings and will be consulting on public realm and streetscape design guidelines for urban villages this fall.

How we got here:

Early engagement with all three neighbourhoods began in 2020. We’ve heard from over 1,800 diverse community members so far.

  • In the spring of 2020 residents were asked for input on issues, opportunities and big ideas about the future of their neighbourhood. Read the Engagement Summary here.
  • The second stage of engagement focused on draft directions and took place between December 2020 and March 2021. You can read the Stage Two Engagement Summary here.
  • We’re now excited to begin the third stage of engagement.

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 and foster a sense of community identity. We also heard the desire for planning that supports equitable, diverse and inclusive communities.

Highlights include:

  • North Park
    • Ideas for a new public plaza in North Park Village and more green space.
    • Options for the village to grow while keeping spaces for small and local-serving shops.
    • New housing choices for people of different incomes along green and leafy streets.
    • Amenities like a new community centre.
    • Opportunities for maker-spaces, artisans and creative businesses.
  • Hillside-Quadra
    • Ideas for new green spaces and public plazas.
    • Housing opportunities for renters and buyers of different incomes.
    • Opportunities for Quadra Village and smaller commercial corners to evolve over time while maintaining small spaces for beloved businesses.
    • Better ways to walk, roll or scoot between homes, parks and destinations.
    • Ideas to renew and expand community venues like the Roxy and community centre.
  • Fernwood
    • Ideas for a gradual expansion of Fernwood Village with more and refreshed public space, opportunities for smaller shops and more housing choices.
    • Ideas for transforming Bay Street into a better place for people, with more trees, housing choices, shops and wider sidewalks, crossings and bus transit.
    • New car-lite housing options that fit into the neighbourhood, for both renters and buyers.
    • Ideas to enhance public spaces and walking routes.

What decision is being made now? What input are we seeking now?

Feedback from the first two phases of engagement has been incorporated into draft neighbourhood plans for Fernwood, Hillside-Quadra and North Park.

You are now invited to give your feedback to help create the final plans and design guidelines and to share what ideas you like, what ideas you’d change and what you think is missing. These plans and design guidelines will help inform updates to zoning and our Official Community Plan.

Three surveys, one for each neighbourhood, will walk you through the proposed ideas in the draft plans. They are organized by these objectives:

  • housing choices for people of different incomes, ages, family types, and lifestyles
  • safe and sustainable transportation options
  • joyful public spaces
  • walkable urban villages

Following this phase of engagement, we will prepare a summary of feedback and revise the planning documents prior to presenting to Council for consideration.

When will we be seeking public input?

You’re invited to share your feedback now. Engagement will continue until December 19, 2021.

What is the level of public participation?

This phase of neighbourhood planning engagement ranges from inform to consult on the Spectrum of Public Participation.

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.




How can you share your feedback?

We invite you to participate in any, or all, of these online and in-person engagement opportunities this fall:

1. Join an online “ask a planner” session
A City of Victoria planner will introduce each draft neighbourhood plan and then host a questions and answer session. Please RSVP for these events:

2. Participate in the online open house
The online open house has been designed to give you the information you need to complete the draft neighbourhood plan surveys.

  • Videos: Watch a one-minute video introducing each of the three draft neighbourhood plans.
  • Plan summaries: Read a summary of the draft neighbourhood plans or dive into the full-length draft plans.
  • Q&A: Read the Q &A section to the right to learn more about the process.
  • Questions: Ask a City planner any questions you have through the “Questions” tab below.
  • Surveys: Share your feedback through the three surveys below. There is one survey for each neighbourhood.

3. Join an In-person open house and walkshop

  • Mark your calendar for a Saturday in November, to join City planning staff to learn about the draft neighbourhood plans, participate in a walkshop and share your feedback.
  • An In-person open house will be hosted in each neighbourhood. All open houses will include refreshments.
  • Please RSVP for a walkshop or drop by for an open house.

Completed walkshop material can be found the 'Previous Engagement Materials' folder of the Documents section on the right hand side of this page.




Open house and walkshop details:

Fernwood Open House and Walkshops

Hillside-Quadra Open House and Walkshops

North Park Open House and Walkshops

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

*In-person events are subject to change based on BC Public Health orders.



Page last updated: 25 November 2021, 12:09