WHAT WAS HEARD
Staff and consultants were able to speak with almost all who attended, answering questions and providing an overview of what is proposed.
A number of themes emerged from the 61 feedback forms received and a further breakdown of feedback by question is noted in Appendix A:
- The strong majority of respondents (53) were supportive of the proposed coffee shop and food truck court. Only two attendees responded “no” indicating they felt a permanent solution and community gathering space were needed. Six were undecided.
- The most common reasons respondents supported the proposal were the close proximity, followed by support for the modern and creative look, and the partnership with a local coffee provider.
- Many commented that it was a positive start and a great temporary solution and encouraged Gablecraft to “hurry up”.
- Some specifically highlighted the benefit to Royal Bay Secondary staff and students, as well as trades people working in the area.
- Several noted the benefit it would bring for community connectedness, building a sense of community and creating a place for neighbours to gather.
- When asked what else they would like to see, a variety of longer-term suggestions were provided. The two most common suggestions were a pub or family restaurant, grocery store and park/kids area.
All input will be considered in detail and will further inform Gablecraft’s active application to the City of Colwood for a temporary use permit. This What We Heard report is available below so attendees and those who didn’t attend can see what feedback was received.