Michelle Banfield Director of Development Servicesmichelle.email@example.com
2018–2022 Strategic Plan
Planning & Development
Walkability matrix is one of three key performance indicators relating to the Building Stronger Neighbourhoods priority, one of five priorities outlined in City Council's
2018–2022 Strategic Plan.
The walkability matrix measures the access to amenities within a neighbourhood, and demonstrates well-designed complete communities.
In 2019 when we first saw this indicator, we thought that we would be able to define and create a walkability matrix, or at least a Pilot Project that lets us identify the variables to account for and the methodology. However, after a couple of meetings we could not clearly identify what the main purpose of this indicator was, what we need to measure and what we want to accomplish.
In the research completed on how to develop a walkability matrix, we realized that the City does not have the data or resources required to create this tool; on the other hand, we found out that there are some companies that could provide that services to us.
Typically, we see walk scores on MLS, which tell us the walk score of an area, such as a neighbourhood, postal code, or dissemination area. Companies that provide walk scores have large data sets that include amenities such as grocery stores, parks, transit stops, schools, restaurants to create a score for a neighbourhood based on the amenities available.
Walk Score, a company leader in this type of walkability score solution in North America and the leading provider of neighborhood data to the real estate industry, offers different alternatives, to suit organization’s requirements.
The City may explore obtaining services such as this or amending the KPI to consider the true nature of community building through the consideration of the types of development applications that propose a mix of land uses and that integrate into existing neighbourhoods.
There is no information available at this time. However, Development Services will work together with staff members from different areas of the organization to establish the variables that would participate in this Walkability Matrix and develop a Walkability Score methodology that allow us to measure this indicator on any new development proposal or any specific area to consider.
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