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
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
, 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-
Collingwood Urban Design Standards Project Update