Walkerville Districting Plan enters phase 2 with community engagement survey

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Following up on a visioning workshop held in 2019, the City of Windsor and consultant BrookMcIlroy are looking for feedback on a new districting plan for Walkerville.

On December 3, 2019 Brook McIlroy and the City of Windsor hosted a Visioning Workshop to hear directly from the people who know Walkerville best about how they envision the neighbourhood evolving over the next 2, 5, 10, and 20 years.

Through a series of interactive exercises, a number of Initiatives, Improvements, Projects, and Opportunities (IIPOs) emerged that attendees felt could make Walkerville an even more beautiful, connected, safe, walkable, and vibrant place to live, work, and play.

As part of the second phase of the project, a new community engagement survey provides opportunities for more detailed feedback on ten Initiatives, Improvements, Projects, and Opportunities (IIPOs) that emerged as a result of the visioning workshop.

  1. Riverfront Park & Pathway Connection
  2. Railspur Linear Park
  3. Devonshire/Riverside Gateway Parklet
  4. Devonshire/Assumption Urban Square
  5. Argyle & Monmouth Flexible Streets
  6. Hiram Walker Alleyway Pilot
  7. Riverside Drive Rebalance
  8. Wyandotte East Gateway
  9. Historic Walkerville Program
  10. Walkerville Wayfinding Program

The city calls the project “a major revitalization opportunity for Windsor and an important precedent for undertaking similar City Districting Plans.”

Theme districting is intended to re-shape the public realm at key destination points in the city in order to maximize shared community values and paying particular attention to the physical, cultural and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.

The phased project will identify the different districts within the city and provide physical improvements and theme elements that will make the area a more enjoyable place to live, work or visit, thereby creating a destination environment that is inviting and authentic.

Significant consultations will happen with the surrounding neighbourhoods and area merchants to capitalize on local ideas, inspirations and potential that will result in the creation of unique public realm spaces.

The survey will be active until June 10, 2020.

Full Project Timeline

  • Phase 1: Background Study
    • Background Research and Stakeholder Engagement
    • Visioning Workshop and Charette #1
    • Background Report
  • Phase 2: District Vision
    • Community Engagement Discussions
    • Visioning Charrette #2
    • District Vision Document
    • Presentation of Vision to City Council
  • Phase 3: Implementation Plan
    • Conceptual Plan and Development
    • Community Open House
    • Presentation of Plan to City Council

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