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

Thank you to everyone who has provided input on the draft neighbourhood plans for Fernwood, North Park, and Hillside-Quadra.

Next Steps:

The draft neighbourhood plans for Fernwood, North Park and Hillside-Quadra have been revised based on community input. At the May 19 daytime Council Meeting, Council will consider sending the neighbourhood plans, urban design guidelines and associated Official Community Plan amendments to a Public Hearing.

Should a Public Hearing be set, the City will share with the community the dates and ways to participate.

What's Proposed?


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. Revisions to these plans have been made based on public input received in the third and latest phase of engagement that took place over the fall and winter.

Read the full May 19 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 is 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 Plans are based on findings from Phase 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 'Documents' at the bottom right.



Thank you to everyone who has provided input on the draft neighbourhood plans for Fernwood, North Park, and Hillside-Quadra.

Next Steps:

The draft neighbourhood plans for Fernwood, North Park and Hillside-Quadra have been revised based on community input. At the May 19 daytime Council Meeting, Council will consider sending the neighbourhood plans, urban design guidelines and associated Official Community Plan amendments to a Public Hearing.

Should a Public Hearing be set, the City will share with the community the dates and ways to participate.

What's Proposed?


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. Revisions to these plans have been made based on public input received in the third and latest phase of engagement that took place over the fall and winter.

Read the full May 19 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 is 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 Plans are based on findings from Phase 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 'Documents' at the bottom right.



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