The Study Background
The Strathcona neighbourhood is a key area where change needs to be carefully managed and leveraged to sustain its future prosperity, attractiveness and livability. While celebrated and valued for its unique commercial and historic character, Strathcona continues to experience increased interest and pressure to redevelop within/around its core heritage commercial area.
In consideration of recent development pressure and sensitivity of the area’s heritage and character, City Council Executive Committee on February 2, 2016, supported administration’s proposal to undertake a focused land use study.
Examining the Existing Plan
In 2015, administration undertook a series of activities to determine the effectiveness of the existing Strathcona Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP). This included meetings with key stakeholders, focus groups, an online survey and review of case studies.
Initial findings indicated that the Strathcona ARP provides for strong heritage preservation but restricts new more intensive redevelopment opportunities.