Gonzales Neighbourhood Plan
We have made changes to the draft Gonzales Neighbourhood Plan based on your feedback. These changes and the updates to the Official Community Plan will be presented to Council for approval later this year.
Read the Final Proposed Gonzales Neighbourhood Plan here. Revisions are in red.
Thank you for your feedback on the survey. Check back for the results in November.
Read the Summary of Revisions to the Plan here.
Proposed Official Community Plan Amendments
There are six policy directions introduced in the Gonzales Neighbourhood Plan that are different than what is envisioned in the Official Community Plan. So, the Official Community Plan needs to be amended to align with the policy directions in the proposed neighbourhood plan.
Amendment 1: Support small apartment buildings and townhouses (up to 3 storeys) along a portion of Fairfield Road, near transit, parks and local businesses.
Establish a new Development Permit Area (DPA 7A) for this portion of Fairfield Road, along with new design guidelines for this area. This would mean that the design of new development would need to be reviewed by City planners and/or Council to ensure that it fits in and minimizes impacts on surrounding properties. Read the Revitaliation Guidelines for Corridors, Villages and Town Centres here.
Amendment 2: Designate a new small urban village at Fairfield Rd and Lillian St/ Wildwood Avenue to allow small mixed use buildings (housing above shops). Encourage retention and re-use of the historic Hollywood Pets and Montague Court buildings, and ensure a sensitive transition to surrounding blocks. Establish a new Development Permit Area (DPA 6A) for this commercial area, along with new design guidelines for this area. This would mean that the design of new development would need to be reviewed by City planners and/or Council to ensure that it fits in and minimizes impacts on surrounding properties.
Amendment 3: Establish a new Development Permit Area (DPA 6A) containing the existing Irving Village area, along with new design guidelines for this area. This would mean that the design of new development would need to be reviewed by City planners and/or Council to ensure that it fits in and minimizes impacts on surrounding properties.
Amendment 4: New design guidelines for Townhouses and Rowhouses that guide building placement, transition to neighbouring properties, design of driveway and parking spaces, building materials, entrances, windows and open spaces. Read the Draft Design Guidelines for townhouse and rowhouse here.
Amendment 5: Establish Heritage Conservation Areas for three areas of Gonzales in order to recognize their heritage value and ensure that future development complements the historic character. Include exemptions and guidelines for minor changes to houses built after 1940 and energy efficiency retrofits. Read Traditional Residential Gonzales Guidelines here.
Amendment 6: Correcting the Urban Place Designation for the Glengarry Hospital site from “Traditional Residential” to “Public Facilities, Institutions, Parks and Open Space.” This corrects what may have been an oversight in the 2012 Official Community Plan, and is consistent with other Island Health properties in Victoria.
Ross Bay Village (Fairfield Plaza) - Get Involved
Planning for Ross Bay Village (Fairfield Plaza) is underway as part of the Fairfield Neighbourhood Plan. The draft plan will be ready for review in November. Sign up for the Ross Bay Village distribution list by sending an email to email@example.com
Draft Plan Engagement
The draft Gonzales neighbourhood plan was released to the community for feedback in spring 2017. Every household was mailed a brochure with the plan highlights and links to the full plan as well as an online survey. Four events were held, two open houses and two drop-in events. Six ‘Pizza and a Planner’ events were also held, in which community members invited their neighbours into their homes and the City provided a planner and pizza.
Read the Engagement Summary
Read the Raw Notes
- 112 people completed the online survey: report
- 130 people attended two open houses: notes
- 40 people attended two drop-in events
- 80 people attended six Pizza and a Planner events: notes
- 17 homeowners in the proposed Heritage Conservation Areas attended a workshop: notes
- Emails received from homeowners in proposed Hertage Conservation Areas
- Emails received about the neighbourhood plan
DRAFT Gonzales Neighbourhood Plan Chapters
Table of Contents
Transportation and Mobility
Parks, Open Space and Urban Forest
Infrastructure and Green Buildings
Arts, Culture & Placemaking
Appendix A: Glossary
Key Sections (Survey References)
Park Improvements - Section 4.2, Page 34 [PDF - 40 KB]
Urban Forest & Ecosystems - Section 4.7 - 4.10, pages 35 - 37 [PDF - 2 MB]
Housing, Traditional Residential - Section 5.2 - 5.3, page 42 [PDF - 37 KB]
Housing, Traditional Residential - Section 5.4, page 43 [PDF - 107 KB]
Queen Anne, Foul Bay, Gonzales Hill - Section 5.5, page 44 [PDF - 34 KB]
Apartments and townhouses along Fairfield Road [PDF - 472 KB]
Duplex on standard sized lot [PDF - 387 KB]
Duplex with suite and Small lot house with suite [PDF - 787 KB]
Rowhouses on wider lots [PDF - 375 KB]
Townhouses [PDF - 646 KB]