Larch Street - Waterloo's first living street!

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The city's Northdale Streetscape Master Plan included a recommendation to convert Larch Street (from Balsam Street to Hickory Street) to a woonerf street. A woonerf street is a living, shared street designed to emphasize walking and cycling and to be a social space where people can meet and interact.

The Northdale Streetscape Master Plan was inititated to develop design concepts and strategies for this neighbourhood's public spaces as well as reconstruction of its city streets. The preferred designs incorporate pedestrian and cycling facilities, on-street parking where needed, more public realm landscaping space, opportunities for lighting (both street and pedestrian) and underground infrastructure upgrades. The study's direction is based on the city's vision for a vibrant neighbourhood with more attractive streets and public spaces. During the master planning process, input from the community indicated a strong preference for more active transportation options in the Northdale community.

Larch Street will integrate all users (automobiles, cyclists and pedestrians) within the same right-of-way and without boundaries separating the users. As part of the reconstruction, all underground municipal infrastructure will be replaced, including sanitary sewer, storm sewer, watermain and sanitary and water services up to the common property lines. Surface works will include new road structure and landscape features (planters, bike racks, posts, benches, waste receptacles, etc.)

Construction is expected to begin in May 2020, pending council approval, with complete expected by the end of August, 2020. During this time, it will be necessary to close the street to through traffic. Notice will be provided to property owners in advance of construction beginning. Information about the construction project was provided at a public information session on Nov. 6, 2019 along with design concepts for the innovative new street.

Tell us what you think!

We'd love to hear what you think about the four options available for street furnishings along the new Larch Street woonerf. Tell us your preference below (option A, B, C or D) and why you like that option for the street.

In addition, share your comments about the new design of Sunview and Hemlock Parkettes located in the Northdale neighbourhood. You can view the new designs and share comments on the Northdale parkettes engagement page.

The city's Northdale Streetscape Master Plan included a recommendation to convert Larch Street (from Balsam Street to Hickory Street) to a woonerf street. A woonerf street is a living, shared street designed to emphasize walking and cycling and to be a social space where people can meet and interact.

The Northdale Streetscape Master Plan was inititated to develop design concepts and strategies for this neighbourhood's public spaces as well as reconstruction of its city streets. The preferred designs incorporate pedestrian and cycling facilities, on-street parking where needed, more public realm landscaping space, opportunities for lighting (both street and pedestrian) and underground infrastructure upgrades. The study's direction is based on the city's vision for a vibrant neighbourhood with more attractive streets and public spaces. During the master planning process, input from the community indicated a strong preference for more active transportation options in the Northdale community.

Larch Street will integrate all users (automobiles, cyclists and pedestrians) within the same right-of-way and without boundaries separating the users. As part of the reconstruction, all underground municipal infrastructure will be replaced, including sanitary sewer, storm sewer, watermain and sanitary and water services up to the common property lines. Surface works will include new road structure and landscape features (planters, bike racks, posts, benches, waste receptacles, etc.)

Construction is expected to begin in May 2020, pending council approval, with complete expected by the end of August, 2020. During this time, it will be necessary to close the street to through traffic. Notice will be provided to property owners in advance of construction beginning. Information about the construction project was provided at a public information session on Nov. 6, 2019 along with design concepts for the innovative new street.

Tell us what you think!

We'd love to hear what you think about the four options available for street furnishings along the new Larch Street woonerf. Tell us your preference below (option A, B, C or D) and why you like that option for the street.

In addition, share your comments about the new design of Sunview and Hemlock Parkettes located in the Northdale neighbourhood. You can view the new designs and share comments on the Northdale parkettes engagement page.

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This is an absolutely wonderful and great expansion of the general goal urban policy policy of the Waterloo region and municipal governments. The idea of making a greater use of mixed space living where children, students and elderly can transport themselves with ease and then create demand for local shops that will be less burdened by car centric access barriers.

RyanTheFlynn 5 days ago

When will this insanity of wasting money stop on these mixed use streets! Why would I want to go to Larch street, it is mostly residential. You put bike lanes and flower pots on Albert and University and no one uses them. All it will do is make the property owners and renters more angry? What is being redeveloped? Why would I want to go there in the first place? Will it become a tourist attraction. I would like to ban bicycles as well as they might run over pedestrians (sarcasm). What a joke! Waterloo's vision for mixed use roads! It is the city vision. No its Bogonore, Henry's and Jaworksy's hallucinations. The election cannot come soon enough to throw these people out of office.

JoLogicCommonSense 4 months ago

Greetings..Wondering How the Living Street Concept will be beneficial during Winter and Snow Season? Would be nice to have Rental shops for Street Food Sellers so that people would come out more during Winter Season...ThanksMani

Namaste Debate 11 months ago

I am very concerns that including vehicles and parking will really take away from the community feel. It will also discourage cycling, walking and enjoying the space. Including cars and parking really just does not make sense.

RMcIntosh 12 months ago

Not necessary and seems like a waste of money. Have you driven around in this area? A lot of problems that should probably be addressed before using all these resources to decorate 50m of road. I fail to see anyone benefiting from this (except the owners of the properties adjacent).

northdahi 12 months ago

This is a terrific idea. Looking forward to seeing the finished project

Bette 12 months ago