Niagara Region launches Glendale Niagara District Plan study

Niagara Region has initiated work on the Glendale Niagara District Plan study.

Prepared in cooperation with the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and the City of St. Catharines, the district plan establishes a vision for future development in the area surrounding the Glendale Avenue/Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) interchange.

The study area covers 700 hectares and includes the Outlet Collection at Niagara retail centre, White Oaks Resort and Spa, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus of Niagara College, and hospitality venues located on both sides of the QEW.

A District Plan is a pro-active development strategy intended to support the Region’s focus on growth and economic prosperity. It sets out a high-level framework for the land-use planning, design and development of complete communities in areas that currently are, or have the potential to become, important urban centres.

The area identified in the Glendale District Plan is a strategic growth centre for Niagara and is expected to provide for thousands of new residents and jobs over the next 20 years.

As part of the process, Niagara Region will undertake a visioning exercise in the next several weeks that will engage residents and other key stakeholders for feedback and result in a conceptual land-use and urban design plan for the area.

Input received from these consultations will help shape the final vision and district plan.

The visioning workshops will be led by a team of nationally and internationally known urban planning and design professionals, who will collaborate with local stakeholders to create an exciting urban vision for the Glendale area.

This first phase will be followed by a technical review, component studies and preparation of the district plan. Niagara Region, through a competitive bid process, retained consultants
to assist staff in the preparation of the District Plan.

The project will run for approximately 12 months, from May 2018 to May 2019, and conclude with a report and recommendation for Council adoption by June 2019.

Niagara Region initiated its first District Plan in 2015 for the area surrounding Brock University and the Niagara Region headquarters. The Brock District Plan was endorsed by Regional Council in 2016 and by the partner local area municipalities of St. Catharines and Thorold in 2017.

Niagara is currently working with local area municipalities to incorporate the key directions, policies and strategies of the Brock initiative into the Regional Official Plan and the local Official Plans.

More information on Niagara’s district plans can be found online at


"I am hopeful that the Glendale Niagara District Plan will generate solutions to the existing traffic congestion in the area. I encourage residents to actively engage in the community outreach portions of this project and to share your vision for the Glendale area."
~ Pat Darte, Lord Mayor, Niagara-on-the-Lake
"The Glendale Niagara District Plan will bring multiple stakeholders together to help create a vision for future development in our community. The area identified in the Glendale district plan is an important growth centre for Niagara and will build on existing assets making the area more prosperous, vibrant and enjoyable for all."
~ Alan Caslin, Regional Chair


Tom Villella, Manager of Special Projects
Niagara Region
905-980-6000 ext. 3374

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