Community Input

Phase 1 of Visual Victoria is complete, and this is the input we received.

Over the first phase of the project, the community provided us with information on their interests, issues and ideas.  We heard from them through workshops, social media, at CityStudio drop-in sessions, and through an on-line survey.  Here are some of the key themes that emerged from their comments:


Simplify - The variety of street furnishings styles and colours should be simplified, so that the focus is on the rich architecture and life on the streets.

Activate - More activities and programs are needed to liven up public spaces like Centennial Square.

Slow Down - The downtown is a place where life should slow to a walking pace - where people can mingle without fear of motor vehicles and where access is possible for the widest spectrum of the population. 

Connect - The network of pathways, alleys, mid-block passageways and other pedestrian open-spaces can be better linked to create a more connected city.

Play - We need to bring more exciting temporary interventions, art and colour to bring energy and playfulness to social spaces. 

Respect - Respect and honour First Nations past and present though place naming, signage and public art.  

Phase One reports:

Wayfinding Strategy Phase 1 Findings [PDF - 7.9 MB]

Public Realm & Streetscape Standards Phase 1 Findings [PDF - 4.3 MB]

Next Steps:

We held our second workshop which was on Wednesday, November 30 from 6 - 8:30 p.m., in the McPherson Theatre Lobby. If you weren't able to attend, you can still provide your feedback by taking our online survey!

At this workshop and in the survey, we are looking to explore some proposed directions for the plans, including:

  • Clarifying and updating the downtown character areas (e.g. Chinatown)
  • Updating the catalogue of street furniture, materials and colour schemes
  • Confirming wayfinding destinations, routes and sign styles

To share ideas or to provide input on Visual Victoria, you can also send a message to You can also let us know on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #visualYYJ to send us photos or comments about how we can reimagine the spaces you use every day downtown.