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.

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I personally think that by doing following will certainly help all the business who really depend on tourism industry.I think river road should close for public and only to be accciable to emergency services, instead of all the taxi drivers should use bridge and Victoria street or Queen and Victoria street that's how all the tourist has to go via all the business in Niagara Falls specially in downtown area. By doing this it will initially help taxi drivers as it will be longer route for all the tourist so they can make more money on fares. Simultaneously it will bring all the tourist attention to all the small businesses on downtown area. Also river road should only has to be pedestrian use only so we can accommodate more people at the Falls without any harsh traffic on some specific days.I have few more ideas to share but I am not good at drafting ideas.Regards,Milind Dave.

Mdave1 7 days ago

I really think that all the business in downtown will get lot of attention by doing following: All the taxi and private vehicle roots needs to be diverted to use Bridge and Victoria to get to all tourist attractions instead of using niagara river parkway. This will certainly help businesses in downtown area as well as Taxi drivers as it will be little longer route than niagara parkway. By doing these no one will have escape seeing all the shops in downtown and other businesses on Victoria and Clifton hill.Niagara Parkway should be made pedestrian way only to accommodate more people rigt at the Falls.

Mdave1 7 days ago

Love this. I think it will be a great addition to the Niagara region.

Lucy m. 7 days ago

Why are there many empty Buses travelling around Niagara FallsThey appear not to be used very efficiently

Mark Stirtzinger 7 days ago

I do believe that area needs to be updated so that will make a big Improvement downtown

Joan Schweitzer 7 days ago

open the casino to pay for it

visitor 8 days ago

If this area is set to be developed with condos, apartments, and commercial uses it is important to recognize the significance of adding trees, and landscape designs appropriate for a destination city. Cleanliness is of the utmost importance since travellers to Niagara will be arriving in this corridor. Therefore, coffee shops, restaurants, and a reputable hotel should be incorporated in these plans so that visitors to the Niagara Falls area experience a welcoming community.The condo and apartment heights proposed at 20 stories is unacceptable and not in keeping with the surrounding homes and current neighbourhood structures.

Edie Thomson 9 days ago

Excellent idea....Especially for people who use transit.All around win!

RayLee 9 days ago

A great new modern beautiful design is needed by a great loyal architect to overall compound combination of train and busses station that reflects the mighty beauty of a world class Niagara Falls. You have a great design team of union station hub.

Saf 10 days ago

The proposed plan is great. However, security is in question. Whether this would bring rise to the economy of Niagara or will this be the hot spot for muggers? It is the area that is concerning. Bring more tourist to the downtown area to minimize the congestion at Clifton Hill. The Q is called "Shopping and Food District" but there's no place to shop there and not much option for families with children to eat. The street looks like a ghost town. It needs revitalization.

AJ 10 days ago

Why aren't the trains being used, we have the tracks, lots of parking, it's better for the environment and takes some of the congestion off the highway. Nothing has been done about the 2 lanes of highway on each side when you enter Niagara, what a mess! So more busses will help?

Ginger.03 11 days ago

Where is this going and why since we already have the tracks aren't trains being used more, helps the environment and traffic on the highways

Ginger.03 11 days ago

Secure and revitilize existing heritage buildings in study area. Major 20+ story condo building to anchor corner North East corner of Queen and Erie would support local retail and service businesses. Encourage retail on Queen St. and minimize office / service uses on ground floors. Provide ample possibly multiple height parking garages on Park St. Do not build residential on Park St behind Queen St. retail.

JG 11 days ago

WEGO Shuttle busses crew are all so so great all the time they compliment and simulate the beauty of Niagara.I believe a committee of a real Canadiana loyal true architects to approve any building before construction to maintain harmonious architectural style all over the region..Public washrooms needed as well drinking fountain. A lot of people are carelessly dumbing their garbage every where including the mighty River no excuse to do so and should not be tolerated. Who do not respect the natural beauty of Niagara should be banned.Visiting Niagara Falls by GO train is a great joy.Train station needs upgrade as well railway tracks are outdated. Some zones are single way . Coordination with bridge and freight trains needed to avoid delays.

safwatghabbour 11 days ago

Are you leaving the train station as an historic building ? This is an important feature of the area and I would hate to see it altered .

Lyall Baskin 11 days ago

Very Excited for this project ! Im born and raised in Niagara, and I feel like Niagara could improve in forward thinking. They don't see the beauty in the Victorian homes around downtown and River Rd, and they push the crime and affordable housing to the one area that visitors/tourists first see! Downtown has major potential to offer trendy cafes, shops, restaurants and bars for tourists. Give locals a chance to invest in a designated zonings for vacation rentals around the go train. With Covid, this is the future of Vacationing, this is what people want, vacation rentals should be allowed in designated zones by the only tourism area available in the Niagara Region, you will see how fast the area will be improved and beautiful again. With tourism and places to stay in that area, will bring more business to the local business owners on Queen st. Residential homes should be outside of downtown/clifton hill tourist areasLets Make Niagara Great !

Valerie 12 days ago

Make the area LESS SCARY--if you really want to revive the so-called DOWNTOWN. Clean it up. Make it safe for people with money to come to spend $ without the fear of being mugged.

Numie 12 days ago

Go Transit should be housed in same building as Niagara Transit.You can transfer from Go to Niagara Transit easily and vice versa

BUGGALOSSEE 12 days ago

This is only to serve people that live outside the community, there's enough people coming from the GTA causing our rent prices to skyrocket. Try fixing the rest of the city before wasting time on projects like this. The current GO service we have is good enough.

FtGTA 13 days ago

As someone who lives downtown I can tell you I dont care about this station. I think its absolutely shameful that city council does nothing for the people who live downtown. We dont even have a grocery store. There are trailer parks in this city that have better access to grocery stores and banks than those of us who live downtown. Our glorious city council would rather put those amenities in their backyard instead of supporting downtown residents. Hell, we dont even have a beer store or liquor store that's open past 6pm.

Third Avenue 13 days ago