Village Commercial Core Improvement Plan Public Information Meetings

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

at the District of Lantzville Office, 2nd Floor - 7192 Lantzville Road, Lantzville, BC

Each session begins with a formal presentation followed by a Q&A.

(7:00 pm is a repeat of the 3:00 pm session)

The village commercial core is the heart of the Lantzville community, with many assets and attractive elements. A committee of community members has been meeting since the fall of 2013 to discuss opportunities for improvements to circulation, beautification, land use and urban design in the village core area. These meetings are open to the public. Agendas and minutes may be found on the online community calendar on the District’s homepage.

  • In January, 2014 a participatory meeting was held. Residents completed a visual preference survey and shared ideas for improvements to the commercial core.
  • In February, 2014 Committee Members participated in a Design Workshop. The proceedings from the day, and the ideas that emerged, can be explored in the Lantzville ‘Main Street’ Design Workshop Report.

Residents were invited to a public engagement event on Saturday, June 21, 2014 to provide feedback on emerging directions: June 21st Pop-up Plaza & Walkabout

Emerging Directions – Are We on the Right Track? In advance of finalizing the draft, the Committee wanted to share some emerging directions, and have a ‘check-in’ with the community. The draft plan includes a list of improvement project recommendations that could be publicly-led. Recommendations under consideration included such things as working with community groups and the school to beautify and better delineate pedestrian areas near the school, installing a welcome monument or sign at the beginning of the commercial core, and installing a bus shelter in front of the Lantzville Plaza.

The Committee discussed form and character in detail, building off of the feedback gathered at the January event. The emerging direction was to allow a range of architectural expressions within the commercial core, providing designs fit our village scale, and respond to the site and street context. Given that our seaside location is one of our defining features and main attractions, the Committee also supports the incorporation of subtle design elements that build the connection between the seashore and the village core. These design elements could also be present in public realm fixtures such as benches, bike racks and landscaping.

The Committee has also discussed design concepts for the streetscape, prioritizing creating more of an uninterrupted pedestrian corridor.

During preparation of the draft Plan, the Committee welcomed ideas for enhancing the village centre.

On November 10, 2014, Council received the November 10, 2014 Staff Report and the attached November 4, 2014 Draft Village Commercial Core Improvement Plan Draft VCCIP Pages 1 to 29 and Draft VCCIP Pages 30 to 47 Implementation & Action Plan.

Council expressed appreciation for the collaboration with the community and the dedication of the Committee volunteers. On November 24, 2014, Council approved the Plan for presentation at Public Information Meetings in January 2015.

Any questions, concerns or ideas may be directed to Frank Limshue, Community Planner, at frank@lantzville.ca or 250.390.4006.

Additional Information:

Lantzville ‘Main Street’ Design Workshop Report by CitySpaces Consulting Ltd.: Design Workshop Report

Proposed elements of the plan and the planning process in the staff report in the June 3, 2013 Committee of the Whole agenda. June 3, 2013 Staff Report

Terms of Reference for the Select Committee: VCCIP Terms of Reference

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