We are in the third phase of our project to improve the design of multi-family housing in Esquimalt for social well-being.
Thank you to all those who participated in our focus groups (Phase 1) and survey (Phase 2).
- Light refreshments will be served.
- Free childminding will be available at the event.
What is this engagement all about?
We have assembled the feedback provided to us in Phases 1 and 2 into categories and have made a set of recommendations for each. We are interested in hearing from you if we captured the most important points and whether the recommendations make sense. We would also like your help prioritizing the recommendations.
What is the Designing Density Project?
The Township of Esquimalt and Island Health are partnering on a project looking at the effect of housing design on the social well-being of residents. Social well-being is an important component of overall health and well-being and the homes we live in can either enhance or impede social connectedness, inclusion, and trust between neighbours. For example, design features such as shared gardens, common areas (i.e. recreation rooms, rooftop decks, communal kitchen spaces), and on-site local shops and services can enhance social connectedness and social well-being.
Through this project, the Township will be developing policies and guidelines for developers to encourage and promote the inclusion of spaces designed to foster social interaction in multi-family housing. Township staff are working with a consultant, a Healthy Built Environment Specialist from Island Health, and staff from BC Healthy Communities to conduct a community engagement process.
Stay informed throughout the process!