CoV Norquay Update
The following City of Vancouver email has been received by unspecified Norquay residents and/or property owners.
From: Norquay Village Neighbourhood Centre Program
Date: Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 4:03 PM
Subject: FW: Norquay Neighbourhood Centre Plan Implementation Update
Hello Norquay Resident/Property Owner,
You are receiving this email because you have signed up at a previous Norquay event to be updated on work to implement the Norquay Village Neighbourhood Centre Plan. We would like to provide a brief update for you in advance of two neighbourhood open houses planned for April.
KINGSWAY STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS AND REPAVING
Work on Kingsway to introduce a centre landscaped median, improved pedestrian crossings, landscaped curb bulges, new lighting and street furniture is scheduled to start in March and be completed in the fall. During this time, there will be disruption to traffic on Kingsway, however once completed, the improvements will provide a more comfortable and safer pedestrian environment and identify Norquay as a special place, and the future heart of the neigbourhood on Kingsway. As development on key Kingsway sites proceeds in future years, additional crossings, wider sidewalks, plazas and other pedestrian amenities will be added to enhance comfort and convenience for pedestrians and add to the street character.
Staff have now completed the detailed regulations and guidelines for the three new zones — the RM-7 Rowhouse zone, the RM-8 Stacked Townhouse Zone and the RT-11 Small House Duplex zone, and anticipate forwarding these zones to a Council Public Hearing in June. You will recall that the Norquay Plan directed development in the new zones to be designed to improve housing choice and affordability by introducing new housing types, including secondary suites and lock-off suites within these new types, while ensuring high quality design that is a good fit with the existing single-family homes in the neighbourhood. Additionally, single-family development rights were to continue in the new zones. Introducing all these Plan directions into individual zones has proven challenging, however we believe these zones will now deliver the type and quality of housing that the Plan envisioned.
The 4th zone proposed in the Plan — the apartment transitional zone — has not been developed yet. Staff will be requesting Council to approve policies and guidelines this spring to provide design directions for applicants wishing to develop in this area in advance of the apartment zone being developed.
PUBLIC BENEFITS STRATEGY
Staff have been advancing work on the public benefits strategy. A comprehensive review of current facilities and future needs from the anticipated new population is complete, and public benefit priorities in the Plan have been further investigated and costed. This information will be presented at the open houses and you will be invited to comment and provide input. We are anticipating forwarding the Strategy to Council later this spring.
We will be inviting the Norquay community to the Open houses once details are finalized. In the meantime if you have questions, please contact …
Jennifer White at 604-871-6474 or firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Vancouver