Virtual Focus Group #1 – Community design

One premise of Meaford Haven is that “Aging in place” is a good thing. that there should be no reason why you should have to move away from your friends and neighbours just because you got old. One of our goals is to design a community that makes it possible, in fact, easy to stay. Tell us how important the following community features are to you, on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being most desirable or important to you in deciding to live here.

Obviously one can add many features if one ignores cost. Since you are going to guide us with your answers, please bear in mind that the cost of community features will be absorbed into the home prices. To help guide your thinking we have included a $ value to each. $ is low cost, $$$$$ is very costly.

 

Here are the buildings we propose, and their purposes

1 - Medical/commercial building
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2 - Mid-rise (three-storey) condo apartments
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3 - Attached garden bungalow homes
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4 - Retirement residence
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5 - Community centre/clubhouse
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Pedestrian friendliness

1 - Limited car access - only two points of entry to a road that feels more like a driveway, with traffic calming measures $
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2 - Hand rails along main pedestrian paths $$$$$
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3 - Covered walkways between buildings wherever possible $$$$$
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4 - Strolling paths throughout community $$$
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5 - Buildings and home clusters arranged to minimize walking distance $$
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6 - Fall-proofing measures at building entrances $$
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7 - Pedestrian access to golf course $$
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Garden plots

1 - Dedicated garden space for individuals $$
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2 - Raised beds $$$

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3 - Storage sheds $$$$
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4 - Water spigots $$$
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5 - Garden club $
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What do you consider important?

1 - Permanent woodland with preserved species
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2 - Woodland stream
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3 - Benches along paths $$
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4 - Naturalscaping - no invasive species allowed $
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5 - Wild flowers and meadow grasses instead of lawns $$
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6 - A tree planted in the name of every initial resident $$
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7 - Green energy sources $ - $$$$$
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8 - Green construction methods $-$$$$$
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9 - Energy Star appliances $
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This space is for you to add your thoughts, for instance, what else should be on the list?
What have we missed that would make a meaningful difference to you?
What does aging in place mean to you?

 

Thank you,

 

Pierre Boiron

Developer