Healthy, vibrant, mixed use neighbourhood centres.

about 5 years ago
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coffee shop4Ever thought about living close to where you shop and play? Instead of climbing into your car, wouldn’t it be so much easier and healthier if you could walk or cycle to:

    * buy that last minute gift
    * get your pet to the vet
    * see your dentist
    * buy some local freshly baked croissants to impress your lunch guests
    * buy flowers for Mom, or maybe just hang out with your friends over coffee at your favourite local café.

We would like to talk to you about transforming the 8 shopping centres into places that are at the “heart” of your community - meeting your daily needs and enhancing your quality of life. Tell us what you think?

More on this topic:

Future planning of 8 neighbourhood centres

Roles and attributes of neighbourhood centres

Map, inner core, N Centre

Map, outer core, N Centre

Broadmoor Neighbourhood Centre Plan

  • Olga about 9 years ago
    Shopping centers have to provide enough parking and to be modified to at least two stories constructions because there is a lot of people who can not walk there anyways, anything that is further then 500 m is not considered to be walking distance so even if you plan that people will walk for 1-2 km - they won't esp. when it is raining or they have to carry a lot of groceries.
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    • AaronKwok almost 9 years ago
      I agree. It's very difficult to achieve a mixed neighborhood where most of our services are available within walking distances. Plans like this are much easier in areas with higher population densities. But I guess some basic testing of mixed neighbourhoods wouldn't hurt. The Council could add more commercial areas to decrease distances between neighbourhoods and shopping centers.
  • Solway almost 9 years ago
    The concept of the 8 neighbourhood centres is a great idea. These neighbourhood centres are the city's best chance to build the pockets of density needed to support more frequent bus service outside the core. To ensure these new neighbourhood centres don't turn into traffic nightmares, I would ask that the city tie improved bus services to any redevelopment. Also, I would ask the city to put in-place more aggressive (lower) maximum parking standards - say 1 parking spot maximum per unit.
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    • hawthorne almost 9 years ago
      This is VERY important: The city needs to tie not just improved bus services, but improved cycling facilities, pedestrian walking facilities, handicap access, as well as robust parking standards . Also in each neighbourhood, the necessary core facilities and services must be built FIRST (if they don't already exist) before permits are issued for that area. I am thinking, for example, of Blundell Neighbourhood which does not have a community centre.
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      • gengland almost 9 years ago
        I strongly agree with both of these posts. Transportation (of all modes, but especially sustainable modes) needs to be a more integral part of the Community Plan and the future development of the Neighbourhood Centres. The relationship between land use/development and transportation is intimate and their influence on each other immense.
  • Graeme Bone almost 9 years ago
    I think the city also needs to encourage more mixed-use development around these neighbourhood centres. If I own a house or townhouse across the street or within walking distance from one of these centres I should be able to have a small shop or restaurant on the first floor. I agree with Olga that the owners of the buildings in the centres should also be encouraged to increase their height. It's just wasted air space to have a big parking lot surrounded by one story buildings. More stories could support residents which would be like having guaranteed customers, social housing, seniors housing, offices, art spaces, after school learning centres, community centres. They would also serve as solid anchors for a more frequent transit system that so many people are asking for. There is so much that could be done!
  • dewhalen almost 9 years ago
    Most large Richmond neighbourhoods were built around shopping/service centres in the first place, so it makes sense to expand on this. Services provided should include libraries, grocery stores, meeting places and medical services. The Blundell and No. 2 Rd Mall needs a library branch. East Richmond lacks grocery shopping- Cambie and No. 5 Mall has no grocery store any more although Fruiticana helps to fill the gap. People with cars can drive to Costco but that is not a real solution. Hamilton residents have to go to the Walmart in New Westminster-Queensborough so Richmond is not providing these Richmondites with the services they need. Hamilton residents also have to go to Fraser Health (New West) for health services as there are none in their area. Another general consideration would be to allow more residences built above services as is done in most large cities. Finally, less parking would be needed if people lived closer to needed amenities. The Parking zoning/bylaws are a big obstacle in providing any services here in Richmond-as a result the services aren't built when a developer can't satisfy the regulations.
  • gengland almost 9 years ago
    I would be interested to know why the focus is only on the actual site of the shopping centres. Surely there may be good opportunities to add new retail along the main roads or around the main intersections to create a more lively and substantial neighbourhood centre. As it stands, the City is heavily reliant on the owners of the shopping centres to achieve the goals of more walkable communities. This might be radical but I would argue for more flexible zoning within neighbourhood centres to encourage more mixed use developments beyond the footprint of the shopping centre.
  • Rooting for a liveable city almost 9 years ago
    I fully support the concept of neighbourhood centres, but is 8 enough to make Richmond a liveable city... I think not.Three concerns:1. Many of the identified shopping centres were developed on using the 1970 model... big centres with big parking lots, intended to server a large geographic area. These shopping centres need to change to be more pedestrian friendly.2. Terra Nova shopping centre was built on this model, but already support a relatively well designed mixed housing area (Terra Nova delelopment west of No.1 Road). Not much headroom in the area to effect huge changes in terms of housing/transit/amenities, although opportunities exist to make the area more pedestrian friendly.3. There are many areas in Richmond where smaller neighbourhood shopping centres could be build, but the city has not identified this as part of the plan. For instance, the Steveston Hwy / No.1 Road area. If we loose this space to residential developement, the opportunity is lost forever to build a vibrant self-sufficient neighbourhood.I believe that every Richmond resident should have some commercial real estate within 7-10 minute walk from where they live. This would include one or more stores to purchase food and fresh produce, places to purchase other products or services, and a community gathering place (e.g. restaurants, fitness centre).I spent four weeks traveling around Switzerland this past summer, a country that has their act together when it comes to liveable communities. We stayed with relatives and from each home we were able to walk 5-10 minutes to pick up groceries, fresh produce, wine, beer and the always cherished chocolats. I'm fortunate that I live about 5 minutes from the Terra Nova shopping centre, and in walking back and forth, get to meet my neighbours. This is a positive contributor to making my area a bit more liveable.
  • Funfunyay almost 9 years ago
    I was just reading this interview with Jane Jacobs - http://reason.com/archives/2001/06/01/city-views/3 - and she makes an interesting point. You can't just legislate neighbourhood focal points into being, the come about for specific reasons; the most important being a corner, or a meeting of different thoroughfares. While I admire the 8 neighbourhood centres initiative, I wonder if perhaps we shouldn't also be thinking of extending or improving existing areas. If people are already going to Steveston, why not expand 'Steveston' to include the crossroads of Steveston Highway and No.1 road, as the previous post by Rooting for a Livable City suggests?
  • Richmondman almost 9 years ago
    Funny, it is not a shopping centre, it just another housing development project!Don't fool us citizens.