Tony Sprackett

Fernwood community plan sets vision for the future

Tony Sprackett believes there’s no merit when it comes to being first out of the gate.

Tony Sprackett believes there’s no merit when it comes to being first out of the gate.

The president of the Fernwood Community Association believes that is especially true when it comes to updating Fernwood’s local community plan.

Currently, the neighbourhood’s 22-year-old plan outlines development principles and visions for the area. However, since the plan hasn’t been updated in more than two decades, it has caused problems between developers putting forward new proposals and residents, and has resulted in Victoria city council dealing with building proposals on an ad hoc basis, Sprackett said.

“We’ve been pushing for this as a critical thing to happen because there is no certainty right now for developers or residents. Everything is done on an ad hoc basis, which can create animosity, hurt feelings and not necessarily the best outcome,” he said.

“When you have a plan that everyone can refer to right from the get-go, this is not going to fly or yes, maybe this is a good idea or yes, this fits.”

However, the city is looking to change that by updating all 13 neighbourhood local area plans.

In September, the city moved ahead to the final round of the draft Burnside Gorge Neighbourhood Plan, which is the first of 10 new neighbourhood plans that will be created over the next four years.

Recently, city staff met with residents of the Fernwood and North Park neighbourhoods to start discussions around updating the plans and outlining the process by which to do it as well.

Looking at how the Burnside Gorge plan was rolled out will help the city fine tune the process when it comes to updating the plans in other neighbourhoods, including Fernwood, Sprackett said.

“Because it hasn’t been done in so long, everyone is rusty on it (the process,) and they’re way overdue,” he said, adding the city hopes to create a board from each neighbourhood that would include representatives from various community groups to hear from as many voices as possible.

“It’s going to be very important who those people are. We want it to be focused on each community. We’ll be wanting to engage the community

David Maxwell, chair of the Fernwood land use committee, said a new area plan will help give vision to the neighbourhood.

“It just gives more certainty.  It provides a vision. If you’re deciding to buy a house in a neighbourhood, renovate a house or decide where to live, it’s nice to know what the plan is for this area. Is somebody going to knock down the house next door and put up an apartment building there and all of the sudden, my area is going to be shaded?” he said.

“People who are attracted to this neighbourhood will want to know what’s going on here.”

The city is currently working on neighbourhood plans for Fairfield, Gonzales and Vic West. The Fernwood Neighbourhood Plan is expected to launch in March 2017.

 

 

Just Posted

Man charged in suspected Greater Victoria bus assault

The Victoria Police Department has arrested a man for sexual assault aboard… Continue reading

Library’s French collection gets $15,000 boost

Provincial grant adds extra French-language materials to Greater Victoria Public Library collection

Cruise Industry Job Fair on Saturday

Nearly 900 jobs created by the industry

City grants 10-year tax ‘holiday’ for luxury condo building

$5.4-million tax break will offset Custom House heritage redevelopment

Celebrating the heroic dogs of Saanich past

Cedar Hill exhibit features great dogs of history

VIDEO: What you need to know today at the B.C. Games

B.C. Winter Games athletes work for gold in the last full day of competition

Bobsleigh team misses Olympic medal finish

Canadian team finishes four-man event 0.84 seconds behind first place, 0.31 seconds from podium

B.C. Games: Athletes talk Team Canada at PyeongChang 2018

From Andi Naudie to Evan McEachran there’s an Olympian for every athlete to look up to

Minor injuries after car veers into Courtenay dance studio

A driver and passenger were taken to hospital after their vehicle crashed… Continue reading

Snowboarders sliding into fresh territory at B.C. Games

Athletes hit the slopes for first appearance as an event at the B.C. Winter Games in Kamloops

Cougars hold upper hand on Westshore in VIJHL South semifinal

Victoria leads series 2-0, games 3 and 4 go tonight and tomorrow

Looking back at the 1979 B.C. Games: Good memories, even better jackets

39 years later, Kamloops is hosting the Winter Games again, with some volunteers returning

OLYMPICS 101: Oldest and youngest Canadians to reach the podium

This year, Canada sent its most athletes in Winter Games history, here’s a look at record breakers

Snowboarding debuts at B.C. Games

Merren deBellefeuille was lone Vancouver Island (Zone 6) athlete in ladies’ snowboard cross

Most Read