Progress on the implementation of the community plan
Public benefits strategy and apartment transition area rezoning policy approved by Council
May 16, 2013 – Council approved the Norquay Neighbourhood Public Benefits Strategy at the City Finance and Services meeting on May 16, 2013. The $101- to $106-million strategy will guide the next 30 years of capital planning and investments in Norquay in two ways:
- Renew existing facilities and infrastructure, such as parks, the Collingwood Library, the neighbourhood fire hall, and aging water and sewer pipes
- Add new facilities and infrastructure, such as childcare, affordable housing, a community facility and open space, a green corridor, and transportation improvements.
At the same meeting, Council also approved the Apartment Transition Area Rezoning Policy to guide rezoning proposals for three- to four-storey low-rise apartments near the Kingsway corridor. The policy focuses on developments that provide a variety of housing options and include sustainable building practices.
New zoning district schedules enacted by Council
May 15, 2013 – Council enacted (gave final approval to) the Norquay RM-7 and RT-11 zones at the May 15, 2013 Council meeting. Applications can now be made under the new zoning regulations for each of the districts. Council also gave final approval to three new guidelines to assist staff and applicants in better understanding the new regulations.
New zoning district schedules referred to April 9 public hearing
March 12, 2013 – Council referred the Norquay RT-11 and RM-7 zones to the April 9, 2013 Public Hearing. If Council approves the new zones after hearing from the public, it is anticipated the zones will be enacted in mid-May enabling applications for the new housing types to be received shortly afterward.
Tell us what you think of the new zones and public benefits strategy
January 25, 2013 – If you are unable to attend our public workshops on new zones and public benefits strategy for Norquay village, it is not too late to give us your opinion.
Please review the display boards from our open house (available in both English and Chinese in the Documents tab), and then take a brief survey to tell us what you think. We are collecting input until February 11, 2013
- Our online survey is now closed. Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts. A summary of your feedback will be posted online shortly and shared with Council.
Open house on new zones and public benefits strategy
January 10, 2013 – Drop by an open house to learn more about regulations for two new zones and a public benefits strategy for Norquay Village. It’s your chance to learn more about the new zoning and public benefits strategy and provide your feedback. City Council will be considering adoption of the zones and strategy this spring. If you can’t make it to an open house, look for materials and updates on our website.
- Event time: Wednesday, January 23, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Cunningham Elementary School, 2330 East 37th Avenue, Gymnasium
- Event time: Saturday, January 26, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Norquay Elementary School, 4710 Slocan Street, Gymnasium
Cantonese and Mandarin speaking staff will be available at the open houses to translate.
In 2012, construction began on pedestrian-oriented improvements on Kingsway which include planted centre medians, sidewalk stamps, street lighting, street trees, and curb bulges. More public realm improvements such as additional crosswalks and street trees will be added as redevelopment continues.
City staff have drafted the detailed regulations and guidelines for the new zoning outlined in the Norquay Village Neighbourhood Centre Plan which proposes stacked townhouses or rowhouses and duplexes and small houses as possibilities in the zones. The proposed regulations and guidelines for the new zones were developed after staff considered architectural reviews, comments from the public and internal reviews by building, fire, and legal staff. Details of the new zones will be presented to the community in 2013 before being considered by Council.
Public Benefits Strategy
As part of implementing the Norquay Village Neighbourhood Plan, staff have been preparing a strategy to ensure that amenities and facilities in the area are added or improved as the community's population grows over the next 30 years. Details of the background work and a draft approach for the strategy will be presented to the community in 2013.
Public Realm Plan
A more detailed public realm plan will be developed to provide a cohesive vision, knitting together improvements to pedestrian connections, bike routes, and parks. The plan will also provide more detailed direction for the design of public plazas and spaces that will be created through future development on Kingsway.