Riverfront Community at Niagara Falls

Riverfront Community at Niagara Falls

The Riverfront Community at Niagara Falls sits on sprawling 252 hectares of land and is slated to be one of Canada’s premier multi-use communities that focuses on ecologically sustainable development and enhancing the natural beauty of the area. NPG Planning Solutions is working closely with GR (CAN) Investments Co. and a wide range of stakeholders through the ongoing work required to advance this complex and nuanced project.

The Riverfront Community at Niagara Falls sits on sprawling 252 hectares of land and is slated to be one of Canada’s premier multi-use communities that focuses on ecologically sustainable development and enhancing the natural beauty of the area. NPG Planning Solutions is working closely with GR (CAN) Investments Co. and a wide range of stakeholders through the ongoing work required to advance this complex and nuanced project.

Sustainable
Urban design

The Riverfront Community at Niagara Falls is the first of its kind in the region. This is a master planned community with a lively, multicultural, sustainable urban centre surrounded by lush natural areas, provincially significant wetlands, and the beautiful Welland River. The transit-oriented community will have an interconnected road and trail network, and comfortable and safe streets with a range of residential, commercial, employment, institutional, community and retirement facilities that meet the needs of residents and employees. An upscale pedestrian-only outdoor mall will attract a portion of the 14 million tourists that visit Niagara Falls every year.

Official Plan Amendment

NPG Planning Solutions created a thoughtful and comprehensive Official Plan Amendment that will allow the upscale, sustainable and healthy living design intent to become a reality. The 5,000 person, mixed-use and mixed-density community sets the stage for a new kind of development based on sustainable principles, climate change resiliency, protection of the Natural Heritage System, active transportation, and physical/visual connections to the surrounding water systems, including Niagara Falls. Design principles for a dynamic, healthy and resilient community inform policies for land use, growth targets, and low, medium, and high density residential development. In creating the Official Plan Amendment, further provisions for building siting, parking, landscape, noise and vibration remediation, residential dwelling types, building heights, setbacks, public realm and tree saving plans were carefully detailed.

Parks and Partnerships

The residential subdivision and zoning plans for Riverfront Community at Niagara Falls have received approvals from the City of Niagara Falls. There are plans underway for builders to begin selling pre-construction units in 2021. In the interim, NPG Planning Solutions continues to engage with stakeholders on innovative solutions to address and resolve subdivision conditions including finalizing buffers around the development’s wetlands, creating detailed servicing plans, and creating detailed plans for parks within the community. NPG is also working closely with a development partner brought in by GR CAN Investment to create plans for the condominiums and commercial zones of the development. The Riverfront Community at Niagara Falls will be constructed in stages, with residential zones expected to be completed by 2025, and commercial zones shortly thereafter.