Community & stakeholder feedback
HERE'S WHAT WE'RE HEARING SO FAR
CONSULTATION ROUND 1 WRAPS UP
Northcrest and Canada Lands are working to develop a Framework to guide the future development of 520 acres of land at Downsview. We kicked off discussions with the public, community groups, and stakeholders in May 2020 to introduce the project and process, and to seek feedback on:
• what people value in the neighbourhood, to help Northcrest and Canada Lands understand the area’s strengths,
• the challenges people see or experience, to help us identify what people don’t like and wouldn’t want repeated, and
• opportunities that people would like Northcrest and Canada Lands to consider for the future of these 520 acres.
WHAT PEOPLE VALUE & CHALLENGES
Knowing what people value in the neighbourhood and what challenges they face helps us understand the area’s existing strengths and weaknesses. People told us they love Downsview Park. They also appreciate the diverse, locally-owned businesses around Downsview and how existing buildings have adapted to new uses. The challenges that people identified include: the lack of safe, direct neighbourhood connections; a history of job losses; the lack of space for social connection among the area’s diverse communities; access to food; systemic issues related to equity and inclusion; housing affordability; and particular issues impacting seniors and youth.
12 OPPORTUNITIES IDENTIFIED BY THE PUBLIC & STAKEHOLDERS
Building from what people value and the challenges they face, the vast majority of discussion focused on opportunities for Northcrest and Canada Lands to consider as they plan the future of these 520 acres.
WHO PARTICIPATED DURING ROUND 1
Over 550 people shared their feedback during Round 1, the bulk of whom live within a 2-kilometre radius of the site, as seen in the adjacent map. During this round we invited over 80 organizations (many who represent dozens, hundreds, or thousands of others) and heard from over 60 organizations locally and city-wide who represent the interests of thousands of people. We also had over 5,000 visits to our website and over 30,000 engagements on our social media channels in June alone.
Summaries of feedback received to date
Public Small Group Discussions
Stakeholder Focus Groups
2020/06/02 Educational interests
2020/06/03 Community Services and Facilities
2020/06/01 Business and commercial interests
2020/06/04 Local Community Development
2020/06/05 Aging in Place & Health
2020/06/08 Resident and Tenant Associations
2020/06/09 City-Wide Stakeholders
ENGAGEMENT SUMMARIES & REPORTS
During Round 1, we invited feedback from local communities and stakeholders through id8downsview.ca, by email, phone, and mail. Our online engagement included opportunities to provide written feedback on the future of Downsview and to map opportunities and challenges in and around the site.
During the period, we invited the public to a Virtual Townhall and to seven small discussion groups to share their thoughts about the future of Downsview. We also held seven focus groups via video conference with stakeholders involved in particular local and city-wide issues.
Our engagement team drafted summaries of these activities and shared them with the participants. Participants provided feedback on these summaries before we shared them with our design and landowner teams and posted them here. Have a look!