Thanks to the more than 100 people who attend the Destination Downtown series of workshops that brought developers, residents, city staff, community groups and organizations together to find common ground on how best to develop our downtown going forward: what do we want? what don’t we want? what can we agree on?
Workshop #1 provided an overview of existing Official Plan & Zoning policies on land use; where development is likely to occur, and started the conversation on developing shared principles on design, compatibility, height, density, heritage, jobs, office/retail, green space, parking, affordability and more.
Workshop #2 provided an opportunity for residents to roll up our sleeves and discuss “what should go where” on various development parcels downtown, including specific feedback on the Molinaro-owned properties on the Northeast and Southeast sides of Brant & Ghent, and Welwyn-owned properties on Maple Ave and on Burlington Ave. at Lakeshore.
Workshop #3 focused on finding consensus on development principles so we can develop draft recommendations for staff who are updating the city’s Official Plan & Zoning Bylaw.
Workshop #4: Our next workshop, which has yet to be scheduled, will report back to the community with a consolidation of all the feedback from the first three workshops, both on development principles, as well as on the specific parcels where feedback was requested. We are hoping to set a date in October or November.
Workshop #5: The final workshop will take place some time in the new year once staff have developed what’s called a draft “directions report” outlining a series of recommendations for council’s approval for updating the Official Plan & Zoning. When the directions report is ready, I’ll call a final meeting giving everyone a chance to comment and provide feedback before the report is ultimately sent to council.