Summary of Neighbourhood Workshops – February 27 and 29, 2016

Summary of Neighbourhood Workshops – February 27 and 29, 2016

A number of neighbourhood workshops were held regarding the District of Mission’s Official Community Plan (OCP). The purpose of these events was to inform participants about the OCP process and to request their input to the OCP from a neighbourhood perspective.

The notes below represent a summary of the comments and discussion points from the meetings.

Steelhead

Strengths

  • Unique area with low density and large acreages
  • Privacy and rural character
  • No light pollution
  • Small town feel
  • Residents see the area as similar to North Vancouver or West Vancouver

Challenges

  • Municipal water service through Cannell Lake only providing water to properties along Ainsworth to Dewdney Trunk Road
  • No municipal waste services
  • No fire hydrants
  • Concern that limited access and emergency services wait times will be a challenge should population grow
  • Recent development proposals have not been well received by the community
  • Public transportation is needed, but would require additional density to be feasible

Vision

  • Larger acreages (4.4 preferred) are preferred to the 1.73 acre minimum.
  • Slow development that preserves the character of the community is supported along with improved services.
  • Natural landscape and rural feel are important to this area.

Stave Falls

Strengths

  • Community committed to reviving community hall
  • Rural feel, close to parks and Stave West Forest and Recreation Area
  • Sense of community is growing again (as it was in the past)

 Challenges

  • Lack of municipal services, street lighting, and parks and playgrounds
  • Access to trails and existing amenities a challenge with winter closures of Rolley Lake Park and fenced-off Hydro trails
  • Fire concerns during summer months
  • Traffic and parking is a challenge as Stave West Forest and Recreation Area develops and with Rolley Lake Park along Bell Street.
  • Closing of the local school means students have to be bussed to Wonnock or Silverdale

Vision

  • Maintain rural feel while increasing municipal services and access to public amenities
  • Increased sense of community and development of a distinct neighbourhood feel
  • Reopen the local school. If not for a school then for a community hall or leisure/educational programming

Cedar Valley

Strengths

  • Quiet, peaceful greenbelt
  • Single family low density
  • Trees, parks, open spaces (Griner Park)
  • Beautiful community
  • Good for raising families
  • Proximity to Westcoast Express
  • Monastery
  • Civic/Recreation Centre
  • Cycling
  • Apartment houses

Challenges

  • Speeding/Dangerous Corner on Cedar and Dewdney (3)
  • Bottleneck at Cedar and 7th (2)
  • No street lighting (Tunbridge)
  • Buses too large
  • Lack of seniors housing
  • No sidewalk on Cherry near school
  • Transportation, truck traffic/noise
  • No east-west emergency transportation route (fire access)
  • Train whistle/squealing
  • Small lots should have small homes (3000 square foot lots)
  • Lacking sufficient landscape in multi-family developments
  • No hard surface walk in Griner Park
  • No dog off leash area for little dogs in Griner Park

Vision

  • Higher density downtown, low density elsewhere
  • High density developments to help support more infrastructure
  • Show the potential
  • Communities built around schools (Stave Falls)
  • Consider future effects of technology
  • Parks, trails
  • More shopping
  • Low density (keep the same)
  • More jobs

OCP Ideas

  • Multiple walk/bike paths over railway tracks
  • Carriage houses
  • Could increase housing heights, e.g., 3-4 storeys, parking below/at grade
  • Park games (on mobile, search games)
  • Washrooms in parks
  • Need ranchers for seniors
  • Safe place for rollerblading on a trail
  • Low cost seniors housing
  • Soccer fields with better maintenance
  • Walkway (hard surface) around part of Griner Park (e.g. Avenue on North Side, up to Gateway on parking lot side) for older folks who have mobility issues
  • Enclosed off leash area for small dogs to avoid clashes with big dogs that are off leash already
  • Respect the environment and preserve it. Don’t turn Mission into another Port Coquitlam or Vancouver. Maintain low density, no need for high rises, mid -rises or cramped housing. Revitalize downtown for that

Hatzic

Strengths

  • Strong sense of community and community pride
  • Large lots
  • Distance from downtown core
  • Views
  • Low density, friendly neighbours
  • Proximity to nature
  • Ability to cycle through Heritage Park to get into town
  • Walkability through neighbourhood helps foster sense of community
  • World renowned fishing

Challenges

  • Park maintenance (sports field, Regional Park, Neilson Park)
  • Not a lot for seniors
  • District of Mission does not have control of Neilson Park, regional park not family friendly
  • Increase in property theft (metal)
  • Motel is being used by criminals
  • Train horn at controlled crossing
  • Lack of transit hub where buses can turn around
  • B&B’s have closed down
  • Need to enhance walkability (sidewalks, trails, pathways, lighting)

Vision

  • Safe friendly community for families, no crime (waterfront park, tourism, fishing, hiking, B&B’s)
  • Separate space, create distinct identity
  • Protect streetscapes
  • Country feel, river, traditional neighbourhood
  • Rancher style housing for people that don’t need large houses (age in place)
  • Tasteful development, good design guidelines
  • Controlled density according to what Hatzic can absorb
  • Pretty – trees/nature
  • Sufficient growth to support transit
  • Ensure industry is compatible with residential
  • Create business opportunities and future job opportunities to reduce the outflow of residents. Encourage neighbourhood retail while limiting transitional work.

OCP Ideas

  • Balance between high density and urban sprawl
  • Political mechanism for communication and decision making regarding density (i.e. townhouses)
  • Minimize train whistles at Lougheed & Dewdney Trunk
  • Density okay near highways and arterial roads
  • Add streetlight at Lougheed & Dewdney Trunk
  • Bike route to downtown
  • Townhouses in 5 years
  • Hatzic Dyke access/public trail (continue 1990s vision intercity connection)
  • Quality roads (e.g. sidewalks)
  • Ensure access to electric vehicle charging stations in Mission
  • More parks (more diversity in activities, better maintenance, higher end facilities)
  • Quality roads

Silverdale

Strengths

  • Community Hall (2)
  • Neighbourhood School (2)
  • Stability, know neighbours
  • Peace and quiet living close to nature
  • Protected streams
  • Access to water
  • Trails
  • Silvermere Island refuge
  • Small town feel (balance between suburban and rural)
  • History with forest industry

“40 years ago Mission’s Forestry staff offered a guided tour of the tree farm. It was very interesting and informative to our family. They gave each participant a seedling plug. The plug has now grown to a 40’ tree.”

Challenges

  • Need to travel for shopping/groceries
  • Not enough families with kids
  • Can’t walk anymore (since roads were raised and paved)
  • Concern about status of proposed urban development
  • Uncertain future (re: Genstar Lands)
  • Lack of services (water and sewer)

Vision

  • Neighbourhood commercial or grocery store in one location (not strip development)
  • More walkability and bike lanes (2)
  • Silvermere Island as a park
  • Gradual transition from urban to acreages
  • No more big-box stores
  • Enhance uniqueness of Mission
  • Protect land for growing food (e.g. Silver Hill used to grow raspberries and strawberries)
  • Better public transit to Mission and Vancouver
  • No large grow-ops (government approved like Whonnock)

Ideas

  • Start with clean slate (current plan could take decades – not pie in the sky)
  • Run small buses
  • Parks for people, not just kids (e.g. picnic areas, trees)
  • Trails
  • Keep pioneer names
  • Vertical gardens in front of Municipal Hall
  • Small lots in Silverdale for downsizing (e.g. 10,000 square foot)
  • Ensure light pollution does not interfere with bird migrations

Central Mission

Strengths

  • Smaller units/segments
  • Shorter streets
  • Creates a neighbourhood
  • Support our neighbours and each other
  • Convenient access to stores
  • Most neighbours know each other
  • The heritage aspect of the neighbourhood
  • Community feel
  • The view
  • Proximity to Centennial Park and Leisure Centre

Challenges

  • Safety
  • Walkability
  • Feel a part of my neighbourhood
  • Walkability and green spaces
  • North of Cherry Avenue – no grocery shopping (need it badly)
  • Gaudin Creek needs tidying – more work to do
  • Recommendation to include people with disabilities not just seniors
  • Useable front porches encourage neighbourhood friendliness – visiting
  • Need live/work opportunities
  • Waterfront area
  • Downtown area looking at opportunities to increase density (incentive plan in place – will be looking at extension into 2017)
  • Lack of transportation hours (Sundays and after 8:30 at night)
  • Affordable housing for people with disabilities (not just for seniors)
  • Transit – currently a barrier to employment for youth
  • Safety downtown for people with disabilities
  • Need for more soup kitchens in Mission for homeless and low income
  • Safety
  • Downtown aggressive young people (avoid Main St – 1st Avenue)
  • Unknown halfway houses
  • Lack of public transportation
  • More safety for pedestrians and cyclists
  • 12th Avenue – no sidewalks & lots of parked cars make a walk challenging

Vision

  • Transportation that is accessible to people with disabilities
  • Sidewalks that are accessible to people with disabilities
  • Make sure that the disabled are not forgotten in community planning in Mission
  • Retail space in Cedar Valley is needed (want to relocate my retail business in Cedar Valley)
  • Mixed use/commercial residential uses (there are a couple of proposals submitted right now planning is looking at)
  • Coffee shop and grocery shopping (north of Cherry Avenue)
  • Safety in community – be better to people with disabilities
  • Maintain 4.0 minimum lot size in Steelhead
  • Housing available for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Maintain heritage in Downtown/heritage protection
  • Phase 2 – cedar Valley? When?
  • Chainlink fence around water catchment is an eyesore. Needs tidying
  • Need some greenspace downtown for families living in core area
  • Heritage element to be maintained
  • Affordable housing
  • Sidewalks/accessibility
  • Vibrant, safe downtown
  • Affordable housing tools – available density bonusing for providing affordable/housing
  • Need affordable housing
  • Gateway to the great outdoors
  • Protect greenspace
  • Slow down sprawl development
  • Need sports fields for those with disabilities
  • More things for youth to do
  • Safety in the downtown
  • Art space closer to downtown
  • Affordable housing for people with disabilities
  • We’re ready to host block parties – a grant and/or streamlined process would help build community
  • Should remain single family residential – if I wanted high density/medium density we would live in a larger community/downtown Vancouver
  • Consistent development across Mission
  • Development that addresses safety
  • Affordable housing
  • Family friendly
  • More density while maintaining heritage feel
  • Diverse retail downtown
  • Things to do for youth
  • Sports facilities for all Groups Special Olympics included.

Ideas

  • It makes no sense to designate a commercial area at Tunbridge and Cedar, when we have a commercial area designated at Cedar/Cherry already. Distance apart is 800 m. which will only cause Cedar/Cherry to lose business and not be viable. At most Tunbridge and Cedar will have a Mac’s store which will cause Cherry Hill Store to lose client base. Makes more sense to have commercial at Dewdney Trunk Road/Cedar Street as it also captures traffic along DTR. Also, be cognizant of the type of commercial stores you allow. We don’t want to have delivery trunks with noisy backing beeps awakening folks in the late/early hours nor do we want light pollution from high mast lights towers or bright flashing digital signs. Key commercial area at Cherry/Cedar as there’s a school and senior’s home and empty lot.
  • Do not revert to RAR Environmental Guidelines; not as stringent as EMP. Strength plan also to protect (retain significant existing tees, particularly when developers propose developments). District should also retain areas to protect (retain forested parkland)
  • Replant in new developments at least 50% conifers.
  • Trails and areas of Gaudin Creek not kept up. No environmental identifying signs.
  • Development area for heritage homes
  • RV’s need legislation as in many other communities for RV parking on residential streets (ie: no parking RV’s – Oct 1 to April 1)
  • Gateway to the outdoors
  • Make it Your Mission – make it more plain language – confusing to understand for people with disabilities.
  • Roof lines and different doors not enough to soften townhouse appearance
  • Not enough city incentive for environmental groups to provide stewardship of riparian streams and green space
  • Taking into account the increase in young families by adding parks and increasing pedestrian safety
  • Better transition between townhouses and single family homes. Not enough side setbacks in the transition zones.
  • Multimodal transportation policy could help with walkable and bike able development around us.
  • Firehall in Cedar Valley
  • Re-think “Harms (sp) Property” for light industrial/commercial to park space.

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