Williams Neighbourhood Plan
Presentation of Land Use Concept Options for Williams
On November 22, 2016 a Public Open House was held for the Williams Neighbourhood Plan. This ‘drop-in’ event presented Draft Preferred Neighbourhood Concept for the Williams area for public review and feedback. Open House Presentation Panels.
Feedback and input gathered at this Public Open House will be used to inform and contribute towards the refinement of the Preferred Neighbourhood Concept for Williams and guide the development of policy directions for the area.
Over the next several months, an Engineering Services Plan will be prepared for the Williams area and presented in spring 2017.
The Township of Langley laid important groundwork to guide overall growth and change in the Willoughby area when it adopted the Willoughby Community Plan in 1998. (See Willoughby Community Plan area maps to the right) This Community Plan for Willoughby defined a framework for decision making and direction over future development through objectives and policies, including general land use and conceptual transportation and utility servicing plans. The Willoughby CP also established a neighbourhood planning program, which required the preparation of more detailed plans in the areas of land use, utility servicing, and transportation systems before development could occur.
Neighbourhood planning in Willoughby has been on-going since the establishment of the Community Plan. Seven neighbourhood plans (NPs) have been approved by Council to date. An eighth neighbourhood plan is nearly complete and a ninth neighbourhood plan is approximately midway through the planning process. The Williams area, around the future Highway No. 1 and 216 Street Interchange, remains as the last neighbourhood plan to be completed.
Where is Williams Neighbourhood Plan Area?
The Williams neighbourhood, located in the northeast portion of Willoughby, is approximately 110 hectares (274 acres) in area, located immediately east of the Yorkson NP. The Williams NP area can generally be described as being bounded by 212 Street (West), Highway No. 1 (North), 216 Street (East) and 76 Avenue (South). See Williams NP area map to the right.
What will the Williams Plan do when it is complete?
The Williams Plan will provide a detailed framework for decisions related to land use and servicing to address overall community needs. Once complete, the Williams plan will include:
- a land use strategy to guide the development of a high quality business and employment centre adjacent to the new Highway #1 interchange at 216 Street;
- residential precincts that are supported by parks, greenways and other public amenities;
- details regarding the supply of water, sanitary sewer and drainage utilities to the area; and
- watercourse and other environmental protection measures; and
- specific development and building guidelines and implementation policies.
Neighbourhood Plan Process
The planning process for Williams is expected to consist of three phases of technical, analytical, and consultation work to commence in the Fall of 2015 and to conclude in 2017 with a proposed Neighbourhood Plan for Council’s consideration. See Williams Neighbourhood Plan process diagram to the right.
Phase 1 will involve undertaking background and contextual research, including a watercourse assessment, to understand key features and issues in the Plan area.
In Phase 2 a preferred vision statement and guiding principles, a preferred land use plan and strategic policy directions will be developed.
Phase 3 will involve synthesizing all technical findings, policy analysis, and consultation feedback in a draft Williams Neighbourhood Plan document for Council’s consideration. The research, analysis and engagement activities carried out in the earlier phases will inform policy directions and implementation actions. An Engineering Servicing Plan will also be developed as part of this phase.
Be Part of the Plan!
We want you to get involved! Neighbourhood participation is key to building a strong vision for the Williams area, so your input is vital.
A comprehensive stakeholder and public consultation program has been developed for the Williams planning process, that is in keeping with and follows the parameters of Council Policy (Council OCP Consultation Policy 07-621)
The Williams Neighbourhood Planning process was launched in February 2016 with a series of Open Door Community Dialogue Session, the first Neighbourhood Team Workshop and the first Public Open House. (view the display panels)
The next step in the process included a Neighbourhood Team Design Workshop, followed by the second Public Open House.
The following provides links to key documents that provide background information and guidance for the generation of beginning neighbourhood design ideas:
Neighbourhood Design Brief
The second Public Open House event that followed, provided an opportunity to the broader public to view materials maps, illustrations and other ideas that were generated in the Neighbourhood Team Design Workshop. This ‘drop-in’ public event presented a draft Vision, goals and neighbourhood design principles for public review and feedback.
Open House Panels #2
Team 1 Design Concept
Team 2 Design Concept
Team 3 Design Concept
Following this second Public Open House, stakeholder contributions and feedback were used to inform the development of land use concept options for the Williams neighbourhood. The Township considered public and stakeholder input, technical constraints, and local and regional policy to refine the land use concept diagrams developed by the Neighbourhood Team and reviewed at the second Open House for the Williams Neighbourhood Plan.
A third Neighbourhood Team workshop was held on Thursday, May 26, 2016 and focused on the continued process of defining land use concepts for Williams. A Concept Options Summary Report has been prepared to provide some background material to inform discussions at the workshop:
ConceptOptions Summary Report
ConceptOptions Summary Report - Appendix
Feedback gathered at the workshop was used to review and further fine tune the concept options, that were presented at the Public Open House on June 14, 2016. Open House Presentation Panels
A fourth Public Open House was
held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, that presented the Draft Preferred
Neighbourhood Concept plan for Williams. Open
House Presentation Panels
input and feedback received through this latest public engagement event, along
with further policy and technical analysis, will be used to inform and ‘fine-tune’
the Draft Preferred Neighbourhood Concept and launch the preparation of an
Engineering Services Plan for the Williams area.
Stay up-to-date on the project by subscribing to the Williams Neighbourhood Plan email list: WilliamsNP@tol.ca
Over the coming months and through the development of the Williams Plan, there will multiple opportunities for residents, property owners, community organizations and other interested individuals and groups to participate in the planning process.
Announcements of these public events will be made in a variety of ways, including webpage updates, newspaper advertisements, direct mail outs, email correspondence and other means.
Related Documents & Links
Mayor and Council Reports
Community Development Division