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Vision for Kleinburg

March 15th, 2016
Urban Design

VISION FOR KLEINBURG

KLEINBURG IS A CENTRE OF COMMERCE AND A RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY NESTLED IN THE CITY OF VAUGHAN THAT IS ATTRACTIVE BY ITS DYNAMIC SURROUND OF VEGETATION THROUGH THE SEASONS. THE CULTURE OF THE COMMUNITY IS, IN PART, DEFINED BY THE McMICHAEL CANADIAN COLLECTION.

 

VISION:

KLEINBURG WILL CONTINUE TO BE A GREEN, CULTURAL CENTRE OF VAUGHAN. ART AND ENVIRONMENT WILL DESTINGUISH IT, UNDIMINISHED BY INCREASING POPULATIONS. THE NEW RESIDENTS WILL ADD A NEW DIMENSION TO THE INCREASINGLY ACTIVE STREETS.

GOALS:

Environment;

  • To ensure that the planning and design framework for development is sensitive to the surrounding natural environment, is appropriately integrated with or buffered from adjacent land uses and is made available to the community at large
  • To maintain streetscape as a green people place
  • To retain mature vegetation and address the potential to enhance natural features including forests, watercourses and wildlife.

Heritage/Culture;

  • To ensure that the heritage value represented by the community of Kleinburg and the surrounding rural areas are given special consideration and that new development in the vicinity of these settlements is sensitive to the inherent value of this historic community.
  • To consider indigenous heritage; historic settlement influences; art and commercial heritage as influences in future developments.
  • To recognize leadership from the Kleinburg past.
  • To enhance the Arts component of the Village, influenced by McMichael Canadian Collection.
  • To build relationships and encourage activities between McMichael, Education institutions, community groups and KARA.

Development Planning/Urban Design

  • To provide appropriate standards for built form, site design, landscaping and streetscape treatment in general.
  • To encourage high design standards for infill in commercial core areas by addressing built form, massing, signage, and off-street parking.
  • To direct an urban design approach which promotes community identity by building on features unique to Kleinburg and detailing approaches to the most visible community elements including gateways, streetscape and built form.
  • Encourage individual land developers, who are coincident in planning timing, to coordinate plans as they pertain to urban impacts and contribution to community benefits.

Circulation/Transportation;

  • To make the streets and public properties in the village linked enabling them to become connected people places.
  • To enhance access to and such as the two branches of the Humber River corridors, woodlots, the Boyd Conservation Area and other significant natural areas.
  • To monitor the need for public transportation.
  • To address parking needs, until public transportation is enhanced.
  • To enhance access by cyclists and pedestrians

Education;

  • To make the public spaces inherently educational to the public.
  • To maintain and encourage educational facilities in the Village, private or public.

Commerce;

  • To enhance tourism as the major contributor to commerce in the Village.
  • To encourage new development in the Village core to include a commercial component that builds on the commercial uniqueness of the Village.
  • To work with the City and Region to develop the theme of the Village as a centre of Tourism and Commerce.

Recreation;

  • To provide opportunities for casual and formal recreation while maintaining functionality and incorporating the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
  • To endorse active recreation as a complement to the residential community.
  • To accommodate festivals and regular events that enliven the streets of the Village

Infrastructure;

  • To ensure that underground services of water and sewerage sustain the community.
  • To ensure that infrastructure is maintained at the highest level.
  • To reduce per capita water usage, considered in 2016 to be the highest of any community in York Region.

Governance

  • To have KARA be seen as leaders in active community consultation.
  • To take time to work with developers within the Village Core and with City planners/Council to create a sustainable community that is a mix of commercial and residential land uses.
  • To review applications from developers with an open mind, while keeping the community’s needs foremost.

IMAGINE

  • New development that leaves space for community activity consistent with the existing activities in the street;
  • A street-oriented and complete commercial first floor of all new developments that encourage patrons to enter and become absorbed in a unique commercial experience;
  • New architecture that complements without replicating historic buildings, that identifies its era of construction with a uniqueness, adding new elements to a vibrant streetscape;
  • Enhanced and mature streetscape plantings that provide shade in the public realm and define edges defining the pedestrian and village realms;
  • Open air locations where street events can host vendors, music and vendors;
  • A pedestrian-oriented public streetscape where vehicles give way to pedestrians crossing the street; and,
  • Spaces between buildings that encourage access between commercial buildings and for connections to and from residences to open space and commercial entities.

IMG_00000041 These goals should influence and enhance:

  • AN ENDURING SENSE OF PLACE
  • UNIQUE URBAN DESIGN AND BUILT FORM
  • RECREATION AND PARKS
  • SHOPPING AND COMMERCE
  • TRAFFIC
  • EDUCATION
  • INSTITUTIONS
  • THE RELATIONSHIP TO CITY
  • CULTURE AND ARTS
  • ENVIRONMENT

For potential guidelines see: http://yorkurbanist.com/what-is-urban-design/kleinburg-public-spaces/