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Downtown Streetscape & Urban Design Standards

First Draft Presented to Committee of the Whole

The Town's consultant presented the first public draft of the document to the Committee of the Whole at the September 18th meeting . Committee members had some significant feedback, which the consultant has now incorporated into the draft document.

Click here to view the updated draft document (caution large file size)

The Town welcomes your feedback on the draft, which will be available for public comment until November 30, 2017 (see sidebar below right for how to contact staff). Following that, feedback from the public will be assessed and incorporated into the draft. The updated draft will then be presented to Council for consideration in late 2017 or early 2018.

Project Overview:

The Town of Sidney has retained D’Ambrosio Architecture of Victoria to undertake the development of new streetscape and urban design standards for Sidney’s downtown core area, the boundaries of which are shown in red below.

Downtown Streetscape area coverage 

The intent of this project is twofold:

  1. To establish design standards for downtown streets (including Beacon Avenue) that can be implemented as redevelopment, capital planning and other opportunities arise. The standards will focus on encouraging active transportation as well as the creation of “places for people” in the downtown, through urban design that establishes a high standard of aesthetics and inviting public infrastructure to help enhance the central economic role of the downtown.
  2. To develop urban design standards that will improve the relationship of buildings to the streetscape and the space between buildings, recognizing that the downtown will be home to a variety of land uses in close proximity.

The streetscape standards will include street and sidewalk design, street furniture placement, and pedestrian space and safety, while considering public infrastructure and how these elements enhance and interact with one another. Work will include design standards for improving the attractiveness and functionality of downtown spaces, as well as strategies to ensure that vehicle flows and parking are successfully integrated with great streets for people. The urban design standards for buildings will include frontage design and policies/guidelines to encourage best practices for building placement and design in the context of a growing downtown area. The process will include public consultation consisting of workshops and open houses, as well as online web surveys to determine the preferences/needs of businesses, residents and visitors.