New policies will help guide growth in Port Dalhousie

New policies relating to how land is used and new buildings are designed and constructed in Port Dalhousie will be a key tool for the City of St. Catharines to balance new development with what residents love about the area.

City Council adopted proposed policy changes to the City’s official plan that will put in place new land use and building standards specifically for Port Dalhousie’s commercial core and harbour area. The new secondary plan and heritage conservation district plan fine tunes the City’s existing land-use policies and addresses development standards, such as building height and where a building is located on a site, as well as open spaces, public spaces, transportation, parking management and more.

“St. Catharines is an attractive place to live and invest,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik. “Our City is growing and these new plans will help balance new development with the goals of preserving heritage and enhancing our beautiful public waterfront. Thank you to the public and stakeholders who were involved in developing the secondary plan and heritage plan.”

The Port Dalhousie commercial core and harbour area secondary plan have been in the works since April 2016 and included feedback from consultations with residents and two public meetings. Together, the two plans set out criteria to evaluate any applications for development, redevelopment and changes in the specific area, including private developments, such as housing and commercial projects, and public improvements.

“We are in the midst of an increasing building volume and growth is happening in all parts of the city, including Port Dalhousie.” said Jim Riddell, director of planning and building services. “Thanks to the public feedback, we’ve produced an effective tool that will allow Port Dalhousie grow in a way that maintains its character, its uniqueness and access to its natural beauty.”

Source – City of St. Catharines press release



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