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Nov. 13, 2019 | Wednesday
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Glendale notes: Community’s district plan is nearing completion
An overview of the Glendale plan. (Steve Hardaker/Submitted)

Steve Hardaker

Community Correspondent

Bisected by the QEW, the Glendale community is located in the southwest corner of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Glendale is bounded by the Welland Canal on the west, Queenston Road on the north, Concession 7 on the east and the Niagara Escarpment on the south. It is one of five settlement areas in Niagara-on-the-Lake and covers about 700 hectares, 400 of which are developable land.

Niagara Region has recognized Glendale as a strategic growth centre for Niagara and is expected to add thousands of new residents and jobs over the next 20-plus years.

To manage this growth, in 2018 the region, working with Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines, initiated the Glendale Niagara District Plan, a proactive development strategy.

The plan is being developed through consultation with stakeholders, including Niagara College, businesses, land owners, planners and residents. Development of the plan will be accomplished in two phases.

Phase One, completed in September 2018, was a visioning exercise to develop a conceptual plan for the district. During this phase, two collaborative workshops were held with stakeholders, residents and the public to establish a framework for a vision for Glendale Niagara.

The conclusion: “Glendale will be a vibrant community for people of all ages, lifestyles, and abilities – a place to live, work, play, learn and grow. Its urban districts, with a mix of uses, will protect, integrate and celebrate the natural and rural surroundings, reflecting the distinct character of the area. Glendale will be framed by a new park on the Welland Canal, the creek valleys, the Niagara Escarpment and agricultural lands. Glendale will put mobility first with a robust transit system, cycling trails and pedestrian routes seamlessly connecting areas north and south of the QEW.”

Next week I will talk about Phase 2 and the development of the final Glendale Niagara District Plan.

Steve Hardaker has lived in Glendale for nine years and is active in many community organizations.

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