One of the key priorities and direction for the Downtown is to encourage a better balance between residential and employment growth.
We examined growth throughout the whole of the Downtown Urban Growth Centre (which includes the Downtown Core, Downtown Fairview, Downtown Cooksville and Downtown Hospital) and we are seeing a significant imbalance in growth, in favour of residential development.
There is currently no official plan policy framework in place to ensure a consistent approach to retaining office space. On May 10th, we received direction from Planning and Development Committee to proceed with a city-initiated Official Plan Amendment (OPA).
Through this OPA, we are proposing policy that would require the replacement of any existing office space through redevelopment. We are also exploring ways that the OPA could support community retail uses.
For more information, please see the information report here.
In the Fall, we will return to Planning and Development Committee for a Public Meeting, however in the meantime, if you have any questions please contact Mojan Jianfar.
Thank you to everyone that participated in the Downtown Movement Plan Virtual On-Demand meeting and provided input to help guide future transportation projects in the Downtown Core. Please see the draft Engagement Summary as well as the Virtual On-Demand Meeting materials. Please let us know if we have missed anything or we have anything to add by December 14, 2020.
At our next round of engagement, we will consult with you on draft transportation recommendations for the Downtown Core. This will be held in Spring of 2021. Stay informed and connect with us by subscribing to our email list. If you have any questions or comments, please share them with us online using our Q&A tool or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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