Gonzales Neighbourhood Plan

Join us for a final opportunity to give input into the draft Gonzales Neighbourhood Plan.

We have made changes based on your feedback and we will update the Official Community Plan to align with the plan. Find out more: 

Read the Final Proposed 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 engage@victoria.ca

View the vision for Ross Bay Village here and the Plaza Street View here.

 

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
Key Moves
Introduction
Neighbourhood Context
Transportation and Mobility
Parks, Open Space and Urban Forest
Housing
Urban Villages
Heritage
Infrastructure and Green Buildings
Community Facilities
Arts, Culture & Placemaking
Action Plan
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]

 

Design Guidelines

Draft Design Guidelines for Townhouses and Rowhouses [PDF - 1 MB]

Housing


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]

Heritage Conservation Areas

Gonzales Heritage Conservation Area Presentation
More about HCAs [PDF - 22 KB]
Why Lower Foul Bay Road? [PDF - 1.4 MB]
Why Upper Foul Bay Road? [PDF - 550 KB]
Why Redfern Street? [PDF - 564 KB]