HNS Survey #2
1. Looking at the map above, which neighbourhood do you live in?
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Downtown
23.7%56
The Grove
9.3%22
Queen’s Park
13.1%31
West Village
15.7%37
Brock Park
6.4%15
Allandale
25.8%61
None of the above
5.9%14
2. On the chart below, please indicate what criteria you think are most important and least important as the City looks to accommodate more people and businesses in the historic neighbourhoods area in the future. I would like future development activity in my neighbourhood to:
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Retain and incorporate existing significant heritage structures and features into new development3.6% (7)1.5% (3)26.0% (51)67.3% (132)1.5% (3)3.60196
Encourage mixed-use development (i.e. residential units with commercial / office spaces)10.7% (21)21.3% (42)36.0% (71)28.4% (56)3.6% (7)2.85197
Provide physical enhancements to the public realm such as heritage lighting, signage and street furniture3.6% (7)12.8% (25)33.7% (66)48.5% (95)1.5% (3)3.29196
Ensure streetscapes, paths and public spaces are pedestrian friendly3.1% (6)0.5% (1)13.9% (27)82.0% (159)0.5% (1)3.76194
Incorporate and/or protect public access to the waterfront and the downtown core2.6% (5)3.1% (6)8.2% (16)85.1% (166)1.0% (2)3.78195
Improve existing public amenity spaces such as parks, open space and/or recreational areas and facilities3.6% (7)3.6% (7)34.4% (67)57.9% (113)0.5% (1)3.47195
Encourage new development to adhere to higher standards which support environmental sustainability3.1% (6)2.6% (5)34.7% (67)55.4% (107)4.1% (8)3.49193
Encourage new development that is complementary to the site and surrounding area2.1% (4)2.1% (4)29.3% (56)63.9% (122)2.6% (5)3.59191
Minimize negative traffic impacts throughout the neighbourhood2.6% (5)5.2% (10)29.9% (58)60.3% (117)2.1% (4)3.51194
Encourage pedestrian modes of travel such as bicycling, walking, rollerblading etc.2.6% (5)5.1% (10)30.3% (59)60.0% (117)2.1% (4)3.51195
Encourage the use of pedestrian linkages and cycling paths to connect new development to the surrounding community2.1% (4)7.2% (14)31.4% (61)57.7% (112)1.5% (3)3.47194
Encourage high quality design standards for new development that are complementary to the surrounding community2.6% (5)2.6% (5)27.9% (53)64.2% (122)2.6% (5)3.58190
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3. Referring to the chart above, please indicate the type of development options you feel are appropriate in different areas of the historic neighbourhoods. Check all that apply.
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Local roads - neighbourhood residential streets83.2% (153)28.8% (53)2.7% (5)184
Major (arterial) roads - e.g. Dunlop St, Bayfield St, Wellington St, Anne St, Bradford St, Essa Rd, Burton Ave16.4% (30)61.2% (112)39.3% (72)183
Collector roads (feeding arterial roads) - e.g. Grove St, Toronto St, Penetang St, Sophia St, Eccles St, Innisfil St, Gowan St, Bayview Dr.38.3% (70)67.8% (124)11.5% (21)183
Lakeshore Drive23.9% (42)48.9% (86)41.5% (73)176
Surrounding transit stations - e.g. Barrie Transit Terminal, GO Transit Station16.4% (30)56.8% (104)47.5% (87)183
Primary intersections - e.g. Bayfield St & Grove St and Dunlop St & Anne St10.4% (19)66.1% (121)38.3% (70)183
Downtown core - e.g. 5-Points Intersection, Dunlop St and Collier St13.7% (25)65.9% (120)36.8% (67)182
Around local retail areas19.3% (34)70.5% (124)27.3% (48)176
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4. How can your neighbourhood best accommodate more people in the future? From the menu below, please select the options that you agree would be appropriate in your neighbourhood.
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Home owners adding secondary suites, basement apartments or granny flats in their houses45.5% (85)54.5% (102)187
Developing mid-rise or high-rise apartments / condos in the downtown core58.3% (109)41.7% (78)187
Developing mid-rise or high-rise apartments / condos around GO Stations and transit stations72.0% (134)28.0% (52)186
Convert historic employment / institutional buildings to residential or mixed residential and commercial uses68.1% (126)31.9% (59)185
5. From the menu below, please select the options you agree would be most appropriate for redeveloping vacant lots and derelict properties in your neighourhood.
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Single family housing74.3% (130)25.7% (45)175
Townhouses67.6% (123)32.4% (59)182
Duplexes63.3% (114)36.7% (66)180
2 -3 storey walk-up apartments55.0% (99)45.0% (81)180
6. From the menu below, please select the options you agree would be most appropriate for redeveloping vacant lots and derelict properties along major arterial roads such as Essa Road and Bradford Street.
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Low- or medium-density residential units65.7% (117)34.3% (61)178
Mixed uses such as commercial / retail on the first floor and low- or medium-density residential units above85.6% (154)14.4% (26)180
High-density residential units such as high-rise apartments or condominium buildings43.9% (79)56.1% (101)180
Mixed uses such as commercial / retail on the first floor and high-density residential units above57.1% (105)42.9% (79)184
7. Do you have other suggestions for how to accommodate more people in your neighbourhood?
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8. How can your neighbourhood best accommodate more businesses? From the menu below, please select the options that you agree or disagree would be appropriate ways to support additional businesses in your neighbourhood.
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Owners should redevelop vacant lots and derelict properties with local retail / service stores on the first floor and residential units above73.8% (135)26.2% (48)183
Historic buildings should be adapted for reuse by local businesses77.7% (143)22.3% (41)184
Business should be accommodated along major roads and at major intersections85.1% (154)14.9% (27)181
Businesses should be developed in the downtown core95.1% (176)4.9% (9)185
Businesses should be developed around GO Stations and transit stations84.7% (155)15.3% (28)183
Everyday convenience businesses should be permitted in areas that are primarily residential65.4% (119)34.6% (63)182
9. Do you have other suggestions for appropriate ways to support additional businesses in your neighbourhood?
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10. From the menu below, please indicate the importance of the following options as ways to ensure safe and attractive residential streets while accommodating growth.
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City should set out specific criteria for new development in the historic neighbourhoods3.8% (7)3.8% (7)37.3% (69)54.6% (101)0.5% (1)3.43185
City council should establish a design review committee for large developments proposed in the historic neighbourhoods3.8% (7)3.2% (6)31.2% (58)60.8% (113)1.1% (2)3.51186
Signage and lighting should be consistent throughout the historic neighbourhoods4.3% (8)4.3% (8)44.6% (83)45.2% (84)1.6% (3)3.33186
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11. From the menu below, please indicate the importance of the following options as ways the City can improve and enhance existing public spaces.
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Increase the amount and/or quality of landscaping2.7% (5)4.9% (9)50.8% (94)40.5% (75)1.1% (2)3.31185
Widen sidewalks2.2% (4)25.5% (47)43.5% (80)25.0% (46)3.8% (7)2.95184
Add additional benches and seating3.2% (6)15.1% (28)45.4% (84)34.6% (64)1.6% (3)3.13185
Remove existing benches and seating47.5% (84)33.9% (60)1.7% (3)2.8% (5)14.1% (25)1.53177
Encourage installment of public art7.1% (13)19.0% (35)44.6% (82)22.3% (41)7.1% (13)2.88184
Provide additional bus shelters3.8% (7)18.4% (34)47.6% (88)23.2% (43)7.0% (13)2.97185
Remove existing bus shelters48.3% (83)29.7% (51)3.5% (6)1.2% (2)17.4% (30)1.49172
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12. Respondents to the first historic neighbourhoods survey identified the items in the chart below as being important for the City to address. Please indicate those that you feel are a high priority, medium priority or low priority and those that are not a priority. City Hall should:
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Maintain naturalized spaces72.6% (135)23.1% (43)2.2% (4)2.2% (4)186
Ensure sidewalks and public pathways are cleared of snow in the winter months81.2% (151)15.6% (29)2.2% (4)1.1% (2)186
Improve the quality of public spaces by quickly removing illegal signs, graffiti and refuse72.3% (133)21.7% (40)4.9% (9)1.1% (2)184
Continue to grow, link and improve the safety of our biking trails49.5% (92)42.5% (79)7.0% (13)1.1% (2)186
Replace aging park equipment and look at new recreational opportunities in existing parks42.7% (79)48.1% (89)7.6% (14)1.6% (3)185
Provide an identity to our neighbourhoods through the use of unique street signs and/or light standards and street furniture44.6% (83)33.9% (63)17.7% (33)3.8% (7)186
Address property standards issues and garbage in a timely manner71.9% (133)22.7% (42)4.3% (8)1.1% (2)185
Address derelict properties81.1% (150)14.6% (27)2.7% (5)1.6% (3)185
Support community organization to assist citizens to more effectively interact with City Hall50.3% (93)42.7% (79)6.5% (12)0.5% (1)185
Improve communication with residents regarding issues that affect their neighbourhoods72.8% (134)24.5% (45)2.7% (5)0.0% (0)184
Implement urban design standards that foster a sense of place56.0% (103)29.9% (55)9.8% (18)4.3% (8)184
Ensure new development adds to the public realm such as providing street furniture, public art, and landscaping47.6% (88)36.2% (67)14.1% (26)2.2% (4)185
Ensure historic buildings and facades are featured in new developments71.6% (131)21.3% (39)3.8% (7)3.3% (6)183
Support restoration of historic homes and buildings80.1% (149)14.0% (26)4.3% (8)1.6% (3)186
Ensure access to basic amenities including grocery stores and pharmacies73.4% (135)20.1% (37)6.0% (11)0.5% (1)184
Encourage investment in historic buildings, facades and vacant sites73.5% (136)20.0% (37)3.8% (7)2.7% (5)185
Work with social agencies, police and citizens to increase safety74.1% (137)22.7% (42)3.2% (6)0.0% (0)185
Ensure the waterfront remains accessible from neighbourhoods and increase access, where possible, through new developments86.6% (161)10.8% (20)2.2% (4)0.5% (1)186
Invest in neighbourhood roads and sidewalks69.9% (128)26.2% (48)3.3% (6)0.5% (1)183
Beef up enforcement of property standards by-laws58.2% (107)31.0% (57)9.8% (18)1.1% (2)184
Support neighbourhood schools71.4% (132)18.9% (35)8.6% (16)1.1% (2)185
Enforce existing noise by-laws63.0% (116)27.2% (50)7.6% (14)2.2% (4)184
13. What have we missed? Please provide up to three additional items that you believe are important for the City to address.
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14. Neighbourhoods have a unique sense of place and character that define a community and the people who live there. In the space below, please briefly sum up your vision of your neighbourhood in the future. Consider its physical condition, the nature and quality of future facilities and its social and economic fabric.
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15. If you would like to share additional thoughts, please provide this information below, or send an email to sforfar@barrie.ca. Also, you can stay in touch with the HNS initiative by logging on to hns.barrie.ca and the HNS Facebook page.
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