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Niagara Falls GO Station Area Zoning Update

1. Should commercial, retail and office uses be permitted throughout the project area directed to key areas?

Mixed use means commercial uses such as a full range of personal and professional service commercial uses, office, retail, institutional uses, and medium and high density apartments.

The Project Area is identified as the entire GO Plan area, from Morrison Street in the south, to Bridge Street in the north. From Victoria Avenue in the west to River Road in the east.

Key areas include:
Bridge street from St. Clair Avenue to Cataract Avenue.
Park Street between Ontario Avenue and Cataract Avenue.
Queen Street.
Valley Way between Victoria Avenue and Queen Street.
St. Lawrence Avenue, Crysler Avenue, St. Clair Avenue around Queen Street.
Erie Avenue between Queen Street and Bridge Street.
Zimmerman Avenue between Queen Street and Bridge Street.

2. Is there too much area identified as "mixed use" or key commercial, retail, office use area?
3. If commercial/retail should be directed to areas not identified above please choose any additional areas where commercial/retail should be allowed?
5. Do you support allowing residential uses without requiring ground floor retail/commercial along the residential corridors?

Residential Corridors include:
Victoria Avenue from Morrison Street to Bridge Street.
Park Street from Victoria to Ontario Avenue.
Bridge Street between Victoria Avenue and St. Clair Avenue.
Huron Street.
6. Should new apartment buildings be required to provide enhanced private amenity space (for example: party rooms, gyms, balconies, roof top patios) for their residents?
7. The draft Zoning bylaw proposes to require that buildings be set back 3 to 6 metres from the front property line to allow for wider pedestrian areas, outdoor displays, patios, landscaping, and overhead pedestrian protection such as awnings, building overhangs, canopies.

Front yard setbacks to accommodate these features is important.
Strongly disagreeDisagreeNeutralAgreeStrongly agree
As a walkable, mixed use area based on the principles of sustainable development and provide seamless integration between the existing VIA Rail Station, the and Downtown Niagara Falls, the area will provide enhanced pedestrian and cycling facilities, transit connectivity, and a multitude of new uses and community facilities to help create a diverse and bustling urban destination. To that end, a number of parking changes are being considered. Please indicate how supportive you are of each of the following proposed measures:
8. Removing the requirement for commercial uses to provide required parking spaces for customers.
Strongly disagreeDisagreeNeutralAgreeStrongly agree
9. Including new requirements that commercial uses must provide dedicated parking for delivery services (i.e. Skip the Dishes, Shoppers Drug Mart, UPS).
Strongly disagreeDisagreeNeutralAgreeStrongly agree
10. Reducing the number of required parking spaces per residential unit in order to support the vision of a walkable, transit oriented community.
Strongly disagreeDisagreeNeutralAgreeStrongly agree
11. A potential change to the regulations is that parking structures would be required to have either townhouse units, residential lobbies for apartment buildings or commercial uses at street level with the parking in behind them, to avoid long blank walls that are typical of parking structures.

Please indicate how supportive you are of a zoning requirement that results in parking structures being behind street front commercial or residential uses.

Strongly disagreeDisagreeNeutralAgreeStrongly agree
12. The new draft Zoning Bylaw proposes changes to allow for the development of a walkable mixed use community:
  1. Maximum building length which helps to create a more pedestrian friendly street
  2. Glazing of ground floor windows in the commercial to ensure that there are not long blank walls at the ground floor
  3. Encouraging lot consolidation to allow for redevelopment of the neighbourhood with more mixed use and apartment buildings
  4. Creating privacy for ground floor residential uses
  5. Creating more sense of space at street level
  6. Promote active streets to allow for better interaction between the public and private spaces
13. Do you own and/or operate a business within the study area?
14. Are you a resident of the study area?