What's Happened So Far

Phase 3 ~ Co-Create

Neighbours were invited to dig deeper into key issues identified by the community at three events held in Vic West. There were many shared visions and ideas for the future of the neighbourhood which are now being used to draft the neighbourhood plan.

Here's what we heard:

Transportation and Community Design Walkshop, January 20, 2017, Bayview Roundhouse
Engagement Summary and Walkshop Notes [PDF - 1.2 MB]

Future of Urban Villages Walkshop, January 24, 2017, DaVinci Centre
Engagement Summary and Walkshop Notes [PDF - 1.1 MB]

Ideas Fair, January 30, 2017, DaVinci Centre
Engagement Summary and Walkshop Notes [PDF - 1.1 MB]

Phase 2 ~ Imagine

During Phase 2 of engagement, Vic West neighbours were asked to help build the vision and goals for the future of their neighbourhoods. Through September and October 2016, the City engaged residents and businesses through an on-line survey (152 responses), a community workshop (50 participants), and sounding boards (455 ideas). Read the summary of what we heard here [PDF - 208 KB].

Raw data:

View the City's presentation for the second community meeting on September 24, 2016 here [PDF - 2.6 MB].

Phase 2 Engagement Summary:

What do you love about your neighbourhood?

Residents and businesses celebrate the diversity, community spirit and friendliness of Vic West. Great features include the natural beauty, walkability, proximity to downtown, heritage architecture, and local shops and services. The Galloping Goose, Gorge Waterway, community association and communal gardens are key assets for this neighbourhood.

“We are a proud, but humble community” ~ Vic West survey respondent

What needs to be addressed?

The neighbourhood wants to see homelessness and housing affordability addressed. There are traffic concerns, pedestrian and cycling safety issues and parking congestion problems. Despite being surrounded by water, this community identified access to the waterfront as a big issue. Protection and promotion of parks, green spaces and food security are common themes. Many people want to see better lighting in the community, particularly along the Galloping Goose. There are also concerns about services and amenities that are lacking in the community including, childcare, dog parks, a medical walk-in clinic, as well as shops and restaurants.

What do you want your neighbourhood to look like in 25 years?

In 25 years, Vic West will be a safe, friendly community where everyone looks out for their neighbours. There will be a diversity of housing options making Vic West an affordable community for all Victorians. Thoughtful transitions integrate the newer parts of the neighbourhood with the older, protected character homes. It is a vibrant and colourful neighbourhood with a community market, playgrounds, green spaces, access to the waterfront, successful small businesses and food growing on every boulevard. In 25 years, the focus has shifted away from cars with more public transportation, more bikes and more walking. The neighbourhood is now a leader in self-sufficiency, green building, and environmental sustainability.

“I picture us still being eclectic and diverse – a hub of urban agriculture driven by home owners and renters who…share meals and music in the street and know their neighbours by name”

Phase 1 ~ Pre-planning

The conversation about the Victoria West Neighbourhood Plan began on May 28, 2016. Over 100 people contributed their ideas and hopes for the Victoria West neighbourhood at two the Victoria West Community Meeting and Vic West Street Fest.

In general, the community recognizes and celebrates its diversity and beauty. Vic West residents are proud of what their neighbourhood has to offer including numerous community gardens, opportunities for walking and cycling, access to waterfront places, heritage character and a family-friendly and welcoming community.

The neighbourhood expects the plan to be created through an inclusive process that seeks out a diversity of voices. The plan must value local culture and respect the community building that has been done to date. For it to be successful, it must find creative ways to address affordability, mobility, food security, green spaces and the integration of districts in order to unify the older character homes with the newer development.

Victoria West Engagement Summary from First Community Meeting and Vic West Street Fest [PDF - 3.2 MB]

May 28 presentation materials

Grant Keddie's presentation on Vic West Historical LandUse [PDF - 9 MB]

City of Victoria presentation on the planning process [PDF - 2.3 MB]

Neighbourhood Working Group

The Neighbourhood Working Group is made up of residents and business owners from Vic West who are helping with outreach to the broader community and who serve as a sounding board for ideas and initiatives.

The list of members can be viewed here.

Neighbourhood Working Group Minutes

NWG Meeting #1, Sep 1, 2016 [PDF - 165 KB]

NWG Meeting #2, Nov 9, 2016 [PDF - 248 KB]

City presentations to Neighbourhood Working Group

NWG Meeting #1, Sep 1, 2016 [PDF - 1.8 MB]