Burnside Gorge and Douglas Area Plan

The Burnside Gorge neighbourhood is one of Victoria’s most diverse neighbourhoods in terms of how land is used.

The neighbourhood will experience significant change in the years ahead as new bus and bike lanes are built and new development projects move forward. Your neighbourhood plan will help guide sustainable community growth.

Next Steps:

The draft Neighbourhood Plan will go back to the community for feedback in July and be presented to City Council following final revisions.

What we heard from you in Phase II

Over 1,500 people were engaged between April of last year to March of this year, through 42 events from pop-up booths to walking tours to stakeholder meetings. Here is the summary of what we heard from the community on what they would like to see for the future of Burnside Gorge:

Burnside Gorge Engagement Summary Phase II [PDF - 1.4 MB]

Three design charrettes were held to refine the early feedback and visioning into planning options. Each workshop had a focus area: residential areas, Douglas Corridor and Rock Bay. Here is the charrette report:

Burnside Gorge Charrette Report [PDF - 12.1 MB]

Here is a small sample of the numerous ideas that were generated.

A concept for the evolving heart (urban village) of Burnside neighbourhood, and its relationship to surrounding areas.

A birds eye drawing of what an expanded Cecilia-Jutland urban village might look like in 25 years.

Principles to guide growth and change in the residential and mixed use parts of the neighbourhood over the next 25 years.
Guiding Principles: Creatively Enjoy the Slope, Cecilia is a Local Greenway, Gritty and Messy is Beautiful, Seeing More People, Accelerate Local Vibrancy, Tame the Arterials, Unlock the Community is Special Potential, Family Focussed Experience, Creative Mix of Compatible Uses.

What we heard from you in Phase I

Early input from the community identified that residents would like to see more shops and services, particularly a grocery store, located closer to residential areas. Improved access to the water, Galloping Goose trail, and park space have also been identified as priorities for the neighbourhood. There is a strong desire to see the neighbourhood become more walkable and friendlier to cyclists, families, and people of all ages. 

Background Information and Feedback Summaries

Click the links below to view event material. Email your feedback to engage@victoria.ca

Burnside Gorge Neighbourhood Map