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Council has approved a new direction for local area planning which will focus on planning for neighbourhood villages and mobility corridors. Village and corridor planning will include consideration of housing options, mobility needs, and public spaces desired to build a more sustainable and inclusive community over the next 10 to 20 years.

About the Project

Village and corridor planning looks at where planning is needed most as a result of current and anticipated development pressures, sustainability goals, and aligns areas that are adjacent and inter-related.

We will begin village and corridors planning work within Hillside-Quadra, North Park and parts of Fernwood in 2019 and throughout 2020.

Once this work is complete, we will look at villages and corridors within the areas of Rockland, Fernwood, North and South Jubilee (in particular, the Fort Street corridor and Oak Bay Avenue). This work is anticipated for 2020 to 2021.

Planning work for James Bay neighbourhood, and for the town centres, villages and corridors within Oaklands is expected to occur in 2021 through 2022.

We’re looking forward to facilitating a collaborative process, involving a diverse working group of locals, neighbourhood associations, and the community at large.

What Is the Result of Village and Corridor Planning?

Village and corridor planning will result in updated policies, design guidelines and zoning options that will be used to update individual neighbourhood plans.

The process is not intended to replace city-wide policies and goals in the Official Community Plan , Victoria Housing Strategy , Climate Leadership Plan , upcoming Sustainable Mobility Strategy , or Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan . It will be a means of providing local (neighbourhood) context for achieving those policies and goals, with a specific focus on villages and corridors.

Funding for Neighbourhood Association-Led Work

Council has approved funding for neighbourhood associations to lead projects for their areas. $10,000 will be provided to each neighbourhood association, with an additional $10,000 (a total of $20,000) provided to Oaklands and James Bay associations to support additional independent work they may wish to undertake while they await city-led planning in their neighbourhoods.

Funding may be used for activities such as:

  • Video or digital storytelling tools and techniques
  • Community mapping or community assets or areas of concern
  • Surveys
  • Workshops
  • Case study research
  • Identifying issues and opportunities
  • Toolkits to support community-based discussions
  • Training in facilitation and community conversations

Activities should be relevant to village and corridor planning and include a broad diversity of voices. Community association-led projects will help inform new or updated policy directions for neighbourhoods. The funding does not replace the staff and financial resources that will be available for city-led work.

Village and Corridor Working Groups

A Working Group of 12-20 volunteers will work collaboratively to help guide each phase of planning. The purpose of the group is to help broaden planning discussions and connect the community to the project by providing local context and diverse viewpoints. The key functions of the group are to: act as a liaison to the community; recommend and provide feedback on engagement activities; and help ensure that the plans reflect what we heard, reflecting on public input and local knowledge.

Working Groups will strive to reflect the most recent Census data for renters and homeowners in Victoria (approximately 60% renter / 40% homeowner). In addition, the group will strive to include representation from:

  • Community serving organizations
  • Arts/culture groups
  • Local businesses
  • Youth
  • Families with children
  • People with lower incomes
  • Seniors
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Multi-cultural groups and new Canadians
  • Design professionals

The Working Groups’ work will complement neighbourhood association-led work as well as the broader engagement with the community. Council will endorse membership prior to the group’s first meeting.

Next Steps

The first Working Group is expected to be established and hold their first meeting by early 2020. In the new year, we will launch an online survey, community events and a workshop series to help inform new policy directions and design guidelines for North Park, Hillside-Quadra, and Fernwood villages and transportation corridors.

Level Of Engagement

Learn more about the City's Engagement Framework here.

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