HAVE YOUR SAY: Neighbourhood Boundaries

Victoria City Council is seeking resident feedback on proposed changes to boundaries in the following neighbourhoods: Fernwood, Oaklands, Jubilee, North Park, Fairfield, Downtown, Harris Green and Burnside Gorge.

“The intent is to understand where people see themselves living in the city and to align neighbourhood boundaries with that sense of place. For example, there are parts of Fairfield that feel more like Downtown so we want to make sure those feelings are reflected in the neighbourhood map of the city,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “Ultimately, the residents of Victoria decide, which is why we’re going to go out and ask if our proposed neighbourhood boundaries are right.” 

Residents are also asked to provide feedback on other proposed changes such as neighbourhood land use review committee structures for Rockland, Fairfield and Gonzales, neighbourhood merging for Downtown and Harris Green, and merging the north and south Jubilee neighbourhood associations.

In 2019, Council introduced an action to “resolve anomalies in neighbourhood boundaries” in the Strong, Liveable Neighbourhoods section of the City's Strategic Plan. In February of this year, Council held a workshop and made several observations including:

  • possible reconciliation of geographic anomalies that may fit better in an adjacent neighbourhood
  • opportunities to better match boundaries with where residents perceive themselves to belong
  • some village centres are divided between neighbourhoods

The City would like to hear from all residents regarding these proposed adjustments. Engagement is open from May 10 to June 7.

Results pertaining to specific neighbourhooods will be provided to the neighbourhood associations to inform their submission to the City on boundary changes. Full survey results will be included in the staff report to Council in September 2021 and will be made available to the public at that time.

If approved, the changes would be formally adopted and the Official Community Plan and Local Area and Neighbourhood Plans would be amended in 2022. 

To see maps of the proposed boundary adjustments, and to have your say, visit: engage.victoria.ca.