What's Happened So Far

Where do we go from here?

As part of implementing your Neighbourhood Plan, the Official Community Plan is being amended. The public hearing is on Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. Please send any correspondence to publichearings@victoria.ca by 11 a.m. on Wednesday July 12.

All correspondence submitted will form part of the public record and will be published in a meeting agenda. Read the full notice of public hearing [PDF - 111 KB].

What changes are being made?

Read the Report to Council which includes:

  • Amendment bylaw no. 17-071: Updated Future land use designations to support the development of new housing and urban villages, and to enhance the vibrancy of business and industrial areas
  • Amendment bylaw No. 17-072: Updated boundaries and guidelines for Development Permit Areas, to support new development that is sensitive to the existing neighbourhood and enhances our community

Proposed Amendments to Land Use (Urban Place) Designations

Land Use (Urban Place) Designations guide future growth and change in terms of building uses, heights and densities. Several changes are being proposed to support the development of new housing, urban villages and enhanced employment areas as proposed by the draft Neighbourhood Plan.

Urban Place Designations identify future land use, density and forms. Each Urban Place Designation includes objectives and policies for the lands it applies to. An Urban Place Designation does not entitle a certain type of building to get built, as it is not regulation. These designations are used by Council in considering future zoning. 

Proposed Amendments to Development Permit Areas and Guidelines

Development Permit Areas allow the City to apply guidelines for the form and character of most new development. The City is proposing applying two sets of guidelines:

  • The existing city-wide Guidelines for: Multi-Unit Residential, Commercial and Industrial already apply to most of these areas, but would be extended to any areas where they don’t currently apply. Read the existing design guidelines here. {http://www.victoria.ca/assets/Departments/Planning~Development/Development~Services/Documents/DPA16%20Design%20Guidelines.pdf}
  • A new set of Revitalization Guidelines for Corridors, Villages and Town Centres is being proposed to implement the Urban Design directions of the draft Neighbourhood Plan, with a focus on creating quality pedestrian-friendly buildings, sensitive transitions to lower-density parts of the neighbourhood, and livable new developments. Read the new design guidelines here.

Corridors: Many of the major street corridors are expected to accommodate new commercial and residential development over the next 25 years. These areas are proposed for new or expanded development permit areas to support quality development that fits in with the neighbourhood, transitions sensitively to adjacent areas, creates pedestrian-friendly environments along the street and for new residents.

The Town Centre and Urban Villages in Burnside Gorge are expected to be areas of focus for growth and change in the next 25 years, establishing pedestrian-friendly areas for living, working, gathering and accessing daily retail and services. These areas are proposed for new or expanded development permit areas to support quality development that enhances the neighbourhood.


  1. Map – Proposed Amendments to Development Permit Areas for Corridors
  2. Map – Proposed Amendments to Development Permit Areas for Town Centre, Large Urban Villages and Small Urban Villages
  3. Maps – detailed boundaries of proposed Development Permit Areas
  4. Revitalization Guidelines for Corridors, Villages and Town Centres

We have heard from you about the Proposed Changes to the Official Community Plan. Read more below.

Read the Engagement Summary [PDF - 399 KB]

Read the Online Survey Report [PDF - 62 KB]

Read the Notes from the Heritage Conservation Homeowners Workshop [PDF - 383 KB]

Read the feedback received by email [PDF - 1.2 MB]

Burnside Gorge Neighbourhood Map



What we heard about the Draft Plan:

The draft Burnside Gorge neighbourhood plan was released to the community for feedback in October 2017. Every household was mailed a brochure with the plan highlights and links to the full plan and an online survey. Four events were held, two formal and two informal, which invited the community to talk to the planners about the plan. 70 people attended the four events and 135 people responded to the online survey.

Overall support for the plan was strong. Read the engagement summary here [PDF - 324 KB].

Survey Report [PDF - 2.7 MB]

Open House feedback [PDF - 210 KB]

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