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Urban Design Standards- Project Status Update 05-09

Urban Design Standards- Project Status Update 05-09

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Status Report for the Town of Collingwood Urban Design Standards Project. Outlining the progress of the project, including: scope; select findings from the urban form analysis modules; examples of proposed regulations and "next steps" direction.
Status Report for the Town of Collingwood Urban Design Standards Project. Outlining the progress of the project, including: scope; select findings from the urban form analysis modules; examples of proposed regulations and "next steps" direction.

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TOWN OF COLLINGWOOD
Urban Design Standards
PROJECT UPDATE
May 2009
Collingwood Urban Design Standards Project Update
 
Introduction
This report outlines the progress on the UrbanDesign Standards project, including: the Project’spurpose; scope; outline of select findings for thevarious analysis modules; examples of proposedregulations; and the direction for the near future.During the Town Council meeting of December1st, 2008, Council confirmed the overall directionof the project and the specific urban design char-acteristics that they felt needed to be addressed intheir discussion with staff. Since that meetingstaff have undertaken a significant amount of analysis and stakeholder engagement. The in-formation generated through these efforts hasresulted in meaningful insights that will be usedto guide the drafting of the new standards.
LIVABILITY REFERS TO THE COMBINA-TION OF ELEMENTS THAT MAKES A STREET, NEIGHBOURHOOD, OR COM-MUNITY A HEALTHY, ACTIVE, LIVELYPLACE TO LIVE
Urban Design
Good public spaces don’t happen overnight or ontheir own. All the places and spaces of our builtenvironments (the streets, neighborhoods, townsand cities where we live) have been created by thechoices and ideas of the community such as de-sign purposes, regulations, budgets, and otherfactors. The Urban Design Standards will becomepart of this mix, helping direct the way Colling-wood evolves.It is important to note that the Urban DesignStandards will not result in a master plan for thecommunity. Good design standards can set thestage for civic spaces and the structure for greatneighbourhoods, districts and streets; however,the Standards can not solve every problem, ormeet every challenge within the community, andthey will not dictate the design of every develop-ment or feature within the community. It maytake many years for the full effect of the Stan-dards to become evident, as new development brings only incremental changes to the commu-nity.Urban design essentially involves combining theelements that make up our communities (theopen spaces, buildings and streets) in such a waythat they provide livable environments for theactivities of our community. This can be referredto as
placemaking
 , taking spaces and with the care-ful arrangement of these elements creating placesout of them. The elements that make up theseenvironments can be generally grouped in thefollowing interrelated categories for the purposesof this project:I.site layout:II.landscape;III.architecture; and,IV.uses.Collingwood has the benefit of a strong
sense of place
that is defined in part by, heritage architec-ture, proximity to Georgian Bay and other signifi-cant natural features, a pattern of developmentthat is easily navigable on foot, an extensive trailnetwork, and landmark buildings and sites of cultural importance.
DESIGN STANDARDS ARE FUTUREORIENTED DIRECTION, NOT A MASTERPLAN THAT DICTATES DESIGN SEEK-ING TO FIX EVERY ERROR OR LOSTOPPORTUNITY
As new development occurs within Collingwoodit is important for it to support and add to thecommunity’s overall sense of place and livability.This means in part, that it should develop in away that fits with the local context and buildsupon existing assets. The Provincial GrowthManagement Planning requirements for increasedinfill development make this increasingly impor-tant.The analysis being conducted for this project isintended to help identify key characteristics, ele-
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ments and assets that make up the existing urbanfabric of Collingwood. This information will beused during the drafting of the Standards. Thedirection provided by these new design regula-tions will build upon the physical assets of thecommunity and also support the implementationof various Town initiatives and policies, such asthose associated with active transportation, sus-tainability, and arts & culture.
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