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An Overview of our Fourth & Fifth Events

In late September, GNS participated in two important meetings with the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association (FGCA) and the Gonzales Neighbourhood Association (GNA). These sessions allowed us to present our ongoing project, emphasizing our commitment to transparency and community involvement, and to engage in constructive dialogue. Chrissy Raniseth led a presentation summarizing our project's milestones, design evolution, feedback synthesis, and the selection of the most well-received design approach, with a particular focus on addressing community traffic concerns.

The FGCA Neighbourhood Improvement Committee stated that they welcome community members to submit their concerns as it relates to traffic through their website.

The architects and landscape architects then delved into the 'Move the Turf' concept, exploring its development considering various design factors. These enlightening discussions were followed by a vibrant community conversation, demonstrating the collaborative essence of the Pemberton Woods Campus project. For more detailed insights, please review the report from both meetings.

View the Presentation slides below:

PW Renewal Sep 25 Presentation
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Do you have questions about this event or the engagement process in general? Do you have specific comments or concerns that were not captured here? Please contact us at Thanks again for being an integral part of the PW Renewal Project!


Karen Brown
Karen Brown
Oct 16, 2023

I really appreciate all of the work that is being done to make this project work for the neighbourhood. How lucky are we to have this school and Margaret Jenkins near us. I know that the traffic issues CAN be worked out to make things run more smoothly. I am in favour of the new plan with the turf moved to the Maddison side. GNS people being able to drive through from Richmond to Maddison Street is great. This would save a lot of traffic on Maddison. What if Maddison became ONE WAY from Quamichan to Richardson with an option to turn LEFT or RIGHT onto Richardson? I think the planters on Maddison, as lovely as they are, could…


Mel Steemson
Mel Steemson
Oct 12, 2023

Some concerns and questions I noted during the presentation:

  1. Moving the field means entirely new traffic and parking issues. Will the traffic consultant be tasked specifically with addressing these? With the city?

  2. How committed is GNS to this plan once a development permit is issued? Or is it aspirational only?

  3. The artist sketches are out of proportion and misleading.

  4. What becomes of the hedge on the NE corner of the property?

  5. Parking on Bank Street for the townhouses and their visitors is a potential issue which was not addressed.

  6. The interface at Laurentian St. is another potential issue which is not addressed.

Shannon Drew
Shannon Drew
Oct 19, 2023
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Thank you for your questions and comments Mel. Please see answers below:

1. Field Movement and Traffic Concerns: The ongoing traffic study is crucial for understanding the project's impact. Preliminary insights from this study are guiding the traffic consultant in assessing the entire site plan, especially in the areas of safety and functionality. We'll be presenting the findings of the study to the collective community at the next engagement session on Monday, November 20. Given the project's scope and public road intersections, the City's involvement is essential.

2. Commitment of GNS to the Plan: GNS is committed to a plan that respects and balances the interests of the neighbourhood, the school's long-term needs and the City. As the design process…


I don’t want to change,Thank you

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