Nodes and Corridors
The City of Waterloo confirmed its Urban Design Guidelines in 2010. But the history of the guidelines lie firmly in their approach to Nodes and Corridors of the City.
Nodes are those places where people and transportation routes congregate. The goal of the city was to have “compact, transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly areas where high concentrations of residendial, employment, retail and other uses are located”. Nodes are generally located at points where two or more transit routes or travel modes intersect. Major Nodes are places where there is a perceived area of continuous activity surrounded by a building density that supports it. Minor Nodes are areas where activity and density are anticipated to increase over time, but generally reflects a similar urban form to that present in a major node. The City of Waterloo Nodes and Corridors Urban Design Guidelines, Marshall Macklin Monaghan Limited and Walker Nott Dragicevic Associates Ltd, February 2007.
Corridors are important transportation routes through a city that connect the
nodes of the City. “Areas of street-oriented usese which incorportate a mix of retail, employment, and residential uses, that are developed at medium densities and located along arterial or collector roads, serving as major transit routes. Such corridors may form the boundaries of residential subdivisions or neighbourhoods, but should act as a linear focus for activities and uses within the community.” Ibid.