GO Station Transit Hub Zoning By-Law Update

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The City is initiating an amendment to its Zoning By-law to implement the GO Transit Station Secondary Plan.

Background

Niagara Falls City Council adopted a Secondary Plan for the area around the VIA Train Station in 2018 to support GO Train service by permitting transit supportive development. The vision for the area is a vibrant and complete neighbourhood that is walkable, has a mix of uses, new housing choices, new employment opportunities including institutional uses, with seamless integration between the existing VIA Rail Station, the Niagara Regional Transit Hub and the rest of Downtown area.

The policies of the Secondary Plan support a transit supportive neighbourhood with:

  • a mix of commercial and residential uses at a variety of heights so there are more people living and working within the downtown;
  • more housing opportunities with a range of housing needs including affordable housing;
  • an enhanced pedestrian environment that supports a walkable urban setting;
  • improved transit connectivity;
  • a mix of new uses and community facilities;
  • an attractive built form that complements the form, scale and character of the community;
  • improved streetscapes with public realm enhancements;
  • cycling facilities, linkages and new active transportation connections; and
  • preserved access and viewing opportunities of the Niagara River.

The Zoning By-law amendment will implement these policies by focusing on zoning changes in an area bounded by Bridge Street to the north, Morrison Street to the south, River Road to the east, and Victoria Avenue the west.

Thank you for your feedback!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our survey and provide feedback on the City of Niagara Falls GO Zoning Initiative. As we prepare for a public meeting in 2021, staff will be reviewing and analyzing the feedback received to determine the appropriate next steps.

Stay tuned for further ways to get involved and have your say!

The City is initiating an amendment to its Zoning By-law to implement the GO Transit Station Secondary Plan.

Background

Niagara Falls City Council adopted a Secondary Plan for the area around the VIA Train Station in 2018 to support GO Train service by permitting transit supportive development. The vision for the area is a vibrant and complete neighbourhood that is walkable, has a mix of uses, new housing choices, new employment opportunities including institutional uses, with seamless integration between the existing VIA Rail Station, the Niagara Regional Transit Hub and the rest of Downtown area.

The policies of the Secondary Plan support a transit supportive neighbourhood with:

  • a mix of commercial and residential uses at a variety of heights so there are more people living and working within the downtown;
  • more housing opportunities with a range of housing needs including affordable housing;
  • an enhanced pedestrian environment that supports a walkable urban setting;
  • improved transit connectivity;
  • a mix of new uses and community facilities;
  • an attractive built form that complements the form, scale and character of the community;
  • improved streetscapes with public realm enhancements;
  • cycling facilities, linkages and new active transportation connections; and
  • preserved access and viewing opportunities of the Niagara River.

The Zoning By-law amendment will implement these policies by focusing on zoning changes in an area bounded by Bridge Street to the north, Morrison Street to the south, River Road to the east, and Victoria Avenue the west.

Thank you for your feedback!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our survey and provide feedback on the City of Niagara Falls GO Zoning Initiative. As we prepare for a public meeting in 2021, staff will be reviewing and analyzing the feedback received to determine the appropriate next steps.

Stay tuned for further ways to get involved and have your say!

Comment Box

We want to hear from you! Provide us with your comments to help inform the proposed zoning by-law regulations that will implement the vision for this area. Please note, comments provided below will be made visible to the public.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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W 13 days ago

I’d like to see sufficient parking

Donna Kirkpatrick 14 days ago

More affordable housing, with parking, with access to green spaces and or balcony or patio, would bring more people to the core of the city. Underground security parking would free up the land. Four or five-story apartment complexes would permit more affordable living space with the commercial on the main floor. These units would draw more business and residents. I agree it would revitalize a dead area.

darlene 14 days ago

I see this project and the Thorold Stone extension to be of utmost importance for the flow and visual, to and from the GO station. It goes without saying that there should be more parking and transit routes by the new station as you will have: 1. People purchasing/renting by the new station who can walk to the station and work in Toronto or Hamilton and transit back home daily. 2. People who live in Niagara/Fort Erie areas driving or taking transit to and from the GO. I also feel there is an opportunity here that should not be missed for Silvertown. A pedestrian bridge from midway Buttrey over the tracks to the new station would be the final piece of the puzzle in linking Great Wolf lodge, all of the current homes/future homes, businesses/future businesses to be "walking distance" and "GO accessible". Eventually another anchor store or two will open besides just Lococo's and there you go.... you've doubled the walking score of the Silvertown real estate... etc etc. As long as people have to walk around on Victoria or River, Silvertown will be like an adjoining island. Now is the time.

NiagaraTerrace 18 days ago

If you want a really nice and big go station here arre some things you need to do. It is time to take down that not used eye sore at the corner of erie and bridge street across from the out of town bus terminal. The out of town bus terminal either needs to be exspanded as it is a joke it is to small , or tear it down and make a nicer and bigger one as it is needed . The current via station downtown needs an upgrade or we need a brand new one. All of this of course Not at Taxpaper exspense.

Answerthis 19 days ago

City Council is so keen on attracting people from Toronto to come to the Niagara Region for increased tax revenues, but they have done NOTHING to increase the infrastructure to reduce the traffic gridlock that Niagara Falls residents are facing. If I wanted to live in Toronto, I would move there. You try driving down any of the main arteries from 3 - 5 p.m. and see how it is - terrible!

Cheryl125 19 days ago

Hello,I currently reside at 4347 Queen street. I'm fearful that my housing is not secure as development moves forward. My building is currently managed by Stamford Realty and I believe, is zoned Mixed/Commercial and Residential. Could you please help me understand what changes COULD be happening to my home in the next few years? There are many fixed income residents here who will not be able to rent in newer/rezoned buildings as rents continue to increase. I've viewed the online 3d map, as well as a secondary map showing my home,amongst others, in a light pink colour. There is no map legend so I do not know what this colour designation means. Any info regarding property 4347 Queen Street is most helpful. And yes, I've asked my landlords these questions and was directed here. Thank you kindly.Heather Fraser

Heather Fraser 23 days ago