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

We've heard your ideas and what matters most -- and we're excited to share the draft neighbourhood plans for Fernwood, North Park, and Hillside-Quadra.

Your voice is important. Help finalize the draft plans by completing a short survey to share what you like, what you'd change, and what's missing.

The surveys will walk you through key proposals and concepts in the draft plan. If you’d like to learn more you can also:

  • Watch a short video for an overview of each draft plan (video section)
  • Watch an Ask a Planner session recording (video section) to learn more and hear questions

We've heard your ideas and what matters most -- and we're excited to share the draft neighbourhood plans for Fernwood, North Park, and Hillside-Quadra.

Your voice is important. Help finalize the draft plans by completing a short survey to share what you like, what you'd change, and what's missing.

The surveys will walk you through key proposals and concepts in the draft plan. If you’d like to learn more you can also:

  • Watch a short video for an overview of each draft plan (video section)
  • Watch an Ask a Planner session recording (video section) to learn more and hear questions from your neighbours
  • Review material from a recent Open Houses (Documents section to the right).

Review the draft plans:

We also have updated draft design guidelines for new buildings.

Once finalized, these plans and design guidelines will help inform updates to zoning and our Official Community Plan.

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.

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


How we got here:

Early engagement with all three neighbourhoods began in 2020. We’ve heard from more 1,800 diverse community members to date.

  • 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. 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.

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


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.

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


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  • Fernwood Discussion Forum

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    Fernwood Village 


    Ideas proposed include refreshing Fernwood Square with new features for 3-season enjoyment and extending the feel of the Square across Fernwood Road. There are options for gradual expansion of the village and ideas for enhancing places along Bay Street with shops and street trees. Other ideas include parking management during business hours and opportunities for more multi-family housing adjacent to and west of the village. Watch the video below to experience what Fernwood could look like in 2040.



    Join the discussion! What do you think about the big ideas proposed for Fernwood Village? What do you like? Dislike? What did we miss? 

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    Quadra Village 


    Proposed ideas include transforming the lane just west of Quadra Street into a pedestrian-friendly “mews” over time; and, in the long-term, supporting redevelopment that adds public open spaces, maintains and renews cultural spaces like the Roxy theatre, and brings new rental and ownership housing. Other ideas include short- and long-term improvements to Kings Road to create public spaces for outdoor seating, gathering, eating and activities. Along Quadra Street in the Village, encouraging smaller-footprint developments that include smaller commercial spaces with housing above and facilitate more space for trees, wider sidewalks and patios. Watch the video below to experience what Quadra Village could look like in 2040.



    Join the discussion! What do you think about the big ideas proposed for Quadra Village? What do you like? Dislike? What did we miss?  

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  • North Park Discussion Forum

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    North Park Village 


    Proposed ideas include exploring the short-term creation of flexible public spaces at North Park and/or Grant Streetssupporting pop-up patios; and long-term creation of a permanent shared or car-free for everyday use and community celebrationIdeas for allowing the village to evolve include encouraging small-footprint buildings with smaller commercial spaces, wider sidewalks with patios and street trees, and housing above; supporting new multi-family housing of varied scales east of the village; and enhancing public access to Royal Athletic Park. These ideas should help make North Park Village a more resilient place where residents can access goods, services and social opportunities for everyday living, close to home. Watch the video below to experience what North Park could look like in 2040.



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  • Housing Discussion Forum

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    Making Room – an Equitable City 


    Victoria and our region are growing by about 1% annually (the Canadian average). In addition, Victorians continue to grow up, form families and age in our community and we know there is demand for housing for different incomes, household sizes and types, lifestyles and ages. Our Official Community Plan seeks to provide more housing choice within walking distance of the downtown, urban villages and frequent transit. Learn more about Victoria's current and future housing needs in the document below.



    We heard there is a desire to protect existing rental housing while providing our next generation with opportunities to buy or rent. There is also a desire for multi-family housing - not just on corridors with transit routes like Quadra Street, but also in quieter locations - and that design of new housing should support livability for residents, neighbourliness, and our urban forest. We also heard that while many Victorians own car, there is an interest in more car-lite living (in fact, Victoria has one of the highest rates of walking, rolling and transit trips in Canada). 


    Join the discussion! How and where should the City  make room for rental apartments, strata ownership opportunities and mixed-use buildings to meet the diverse needs of different incomes, household types, ages and lifestyles, today and in the future? 

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