Last week, we learned about Glendale and Niagara Region’s project to develop the Glendale Niagara District Plan, a proactive development strategy.
Phase 1, the visioning and concept planning stage, was completed in September 2018. Phase 2 commenced in October 2018 with an objective to transform the vision into definitive land use plans and strategies for economic development within the district.
To accomplish this in a collaborative fashion, a community focus group was formed along with planned community information centres where stakeholders, residents, Niagara College, landowners and businesses could provide input.
The final public information centre before the plan is finalized is set for Nov. 20 at the Holiday Inn Expresss off York Road in Glendale.
A technical advisory committee was formed to look at urban design, commercial land needs and transportation. Phase 2 will be completed later in 2019 with the preparation of the district plan with approval from Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Region councils and the drafting of a regional official plan amendment.
When fully built out over the next 20-plus years, Glendale promises to be a live-work-play community with a mix of low-, medium- and higher-density housing options accommodating a full spectrum of ages and lifestyles.
Mixed uses will be incorporated in a number of areas of Glendale with businesses occupying street level spaces and residential above. Employment areas north of the QEW will include traditional industries and mixed-use employment and retail ensuring a range of employment opportunities.
It is envisioned that Niagara College will be integrated into the community experience with restaurants, open spaces and housing options. A tree-lined Main Street is being planned between Glendale Avenue and the Outlet Collection with pedestrian-friendly sidewalks.
Views of the Escarpment and other natural heritage areas will be maintained. There will be robust transit connections, walkable streets, trails and connections across the QEW. With growth and the influx of new residents and businesses, amenities like a grocery store, theatre, community centre, schools and festivals will be attracted to Glendale.
Steve Hardaker has lived in Glendale for nine years and is active in many community organizations.