Burnside Gorge Neighbourhood Plan

The Burnside Gorge neighbourhood is one of Victoria’s most diverse neighbourhoods with a unique mix of residential, commercial and industrial areas.

Great neighbourhoods are the result of careful planning and thoughtful design that create sustainable, walkable, vibrant, social, and liveable communities. Your neighbourhood plan will help guide sustainable community growth over the next 25 years.

The draft Burnside Gorge Neighbourhood Plan is available here [PDF - 13.4 MB].

Next Steps

What do you think about your Neighbourhood Plan? Throughout the fall, we will be seeking your feedback on the Burnside Gorge Neighbourhood Plan. On Thursday, September 29, we will launch the next phase of engagement which will include open houses, pop-up events, an online survey and other ways to find out out about the plan and tell us what you love and what needs to be changed in the plan!

Burnside Gorge Neighbourhood Plan Overview

What’s In A Plan?

  1. Get Everyone Involved! Residents and businesses collaborate with the City to create the plan.
  2. Dream Big: What will the community look like in 25 years?
  3. What does it include? The plan is both visionary and functional. It addresses all aspects of the community including housing, transportation, parks/green spaces, and more. It identifies policies to guide future development and propose community projects for future investment.
  4. Who will use the plan?
    1. Developers will use it to help plan new development projects
    2. The City will use it to prioritize small and large projects and investments in the community
    3. Businesses will use it to help plan for the future
    4. Community groups will use it to align their projects with neighbourhood priorities

Along with identifying future growth, the plan will demonstrate the shared values of the community and build pride and identity for the neighbourhood!

Your Neighbourhood Plan

The plan includes:

  • 8 Big Moves which reflect the key priorities for the community
  • Urban design and land use policies that support the vision
  • Identification of key pedestrian and bicycling connections in the neighbourhood
  • A plan for public spaces and community parks
  • Future projects for consideration in the City’s capital plan
  • Implementation strategy: A prioritization of projects so it is understood what investments are most important to the Burnside Gorge community

Big Moves

The plan includes 8 Big Moves which represents the vision for the community. They are:

  1. Establish the Heart of the Neighbourhood: In response to community feedback that the neighbourhood lacks a “heart”, a strategy has been identified to unite the community around Jutland Road as a “main street”. Policies and investments have been identified to help develop Jutland Road and support shops, services and gathering, with pedestrian and cycling connections to the “main street”.
  2. Protect and Enhance Industry: Industry plays an important role in this neighbourhood and for the broader good of the City and regional economy, with over 14,000 jobs in Burnside Gorge. High demand for light industrial space is expected in the future, supporting a diverse range of businesses whether traditional, innovative or artisan. Policies and investments are designed to support the heavy industry near the waterfront, and to support light industrial spaces and compatible employment in the rest of Rock Bay.
  3. Reconnect with the Waterfront: Improved connections to and along the waterfront are a central part of this plan. This plan envisions enhancements to existing parks, and the future creation of new trails, access (e.g. boat launch), and park space that will improve connections and interactivity with the waterfront.
  4. Create Better Pedestrian and Cycling Connections: Residents told us that there is a need for safer, more comfortable connections within the community. This plan envisions improved cycling and pedestrian connections and safety through new and improved pedestrian crossings and trail connections.
  5. Encourage Housing Diversity: Housing diversity is a priority for the neighbourhood. The plan includes policies to promote different types of housing such as townhomes, multi-unit housing and mixed use as well as limited housing above light industrial space near Selkirk Village.
  6. Accommodate Performance and Festival Spaces: The plan envisions future investment to create a “festival street” on Discovery Street and a renewed amphitheatre space in Cecelia Ravine.
  7. Tame the Arterials: In order to make the roads more user-friendly for pedestrians and cyclists, the plan identifies future road designs and crossings to improve safety and implement the Biketoria Priority network along Gorge Road and Government Street.
  8. Continue Development on Douglas Street which supports future Rapid Transit: As Douglas Street continues to grow and evolve, this plan identifies ways to encourage the growth around future rapid transit stops at Mayfair Town Centre and Humber Green, while enhancing public space along Douglas corridor.

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