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Hello from your Executive of the Village Community Association (VCA)

This is a quick update of happenings in our community. 

Social Committee Events
Parking Update
Positions on the Executive Committee
Benefits of VCA membership
Get involved with NOTL
John Hawley – About our Architectural Codes

Social Committee Events

As announced in our January newsletter our VCA Social Committee is very busy! 
60-70-80 party 

Spring Dance Update:

Date:                 Friday April 28, 2017
Time:                 Doors open at 6:30/Dancing 7:00-11:00
Location:            The Old Winery, Niagara Stone Road, (Lower level)
Theme:             “Remember When”?  60’s/70’s/80’s
$45-Members/$50-Village Resident Non-Members – BEFORE March 15
$50-Members/$55-Village Resident Non-Members – AFTER March 15

Don’t delay in purchasing your tickets for the dance and save $5 on each ticket purchased before March 15!
To Purchase Tickets contact:
Susan Des Islets
39 Elizabeth Street
You can call or email Susan to arrange payment and picking up your tickets

Save the Date for these additional events planned

Village Garage Sale              May 27, 2017
  • Participants are asked to contact Mary Taylor to be included
  • 289-868-9511 
  • $5.00 contribution for advertising will be required
Village Dog Show                      September 10, 2017
Village Christmas Party            December 15, 2017
Keep up to date with all VCA announcements and events on our website

What’s Happening with the The Village and Town?

Thank you Residents for completing your Parking Survey

No parkingAs you know the VCA Executive and John Hawley have been working with the town to come up with a solution within the Village that will allow overnight parking.  Because of our community’s unique design, street parking is the best solution if we have overnight guests.  And that is illegal within NOTL.  The survey was a direct result of the VCA executive and John working on your behalf. 
And Thank You for responding!  There were 240 surveys forms sent out and 199 responses completed, an 83% response rate. This is excellent! 
The town will now be analyzing the results and it will come to council in April.  We will keep you posted. 
Safety concerns at the Garrison Village Drive and the CIBC/Shoppers intersection.   
This is another community issue we have been working with Town Council to resolve.  This concern is traffic coming from Niagara Stone Road does not always signal its intention to turn into the CIBC/Shoppers plaza.  This can lead to a serious accident when a vehicle advancing in the opposite direction from the stop sign is cut off by the turning vehicle which has the right of way.   Residents of the Village have made a proposal to council to resolve this.  The town has worked for a consultant to review possible solutions. 
Again we will keep you posted. 

Volunteers needed
Positions on the Executive Committee
Message from the VCA Nominating Committee

Neighbours, this serves as a gentle reminder that nominations are still being accepted for positions on the VCA Executive. Although we have had an excellent response to our initial request for nominations, we would appreciate additional nominations for all positions, but especially for the President and Recording Officer roles.

A brief synopsis of duties and time requirements follows.
President (10 hours a month)
To take the lead in forward planning for the VCA; to assist in the development of any new Committees for the VCA; and to sign necessary documents and correspondence and act as the second signing authority.
Recording Officer (6 hours a month)
To prepare notices of all meetings and arrange for their distribution; to attend, take notes and keep records of all meetings of the VCA Executive and Membership, as required; and to maintain, and be responsible for the official Minute Book of the VCA.
A fuller description of each position is available at the Village website.
thevillagenotl.caVCA BY-LAWS APRIL 2014

Whether you are a long term resident, or newly arrived in The Village, your expertise/experience and enthusiasm would be welcome.

Should you have any questions regarding the positions and/or require a nomination application form, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee.
Mona Babin
Mark Brown       
Diane Walker

Benefits of VCA membership

Membership is $30 per year per household
Did you know the following businesses provide a discount when you show your membership card?
Mori Gardens (Design and Garden Centre)
– 1709 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0
Bliss Aveda Concept Salon
– 1501 Niagara Stone Road, Highway 55, Virgil, ON
Gordon Harvey
– General Handyman (905) 468-4530

Get involved with NOTL

If you are looking to meet new folks and get involved with the community have a look at these social groups.
Niagara-on-the-Lake Newcomers Club
Women’s group
Almost 300 members with nearly 30 special interest groups; everything from walking to knitting to book clubs and dinners.
Drop in coffee the first Friday of the month at the NOTL Community Centre.
Niagara-on-the-Lake Social Club
Coffee mornings 1 and 15 of the month at NOTL Community Centre. 
Drop in.  Many special interest groups for couples and singles.

The last word by John Hawley
About the Village Architectural Codes

The Village The Village The Village

The VCA has asked me to contribute to this newsletter. I'm pleased to be able to communicate this way to Villagers. 
As a brief background, Liz (my wife) and I, along with my late partner Bud Wright, founded The Village in 1995/6. Our vision was to create a signature place that fit into Niagara on the Lake architecturally, and offered, through its built form, an environment that enhanced the quality of life for those who live here.   
A visit to the "new urban" Town of Seaside in Florida in 1995, convinced us to hire Duany Plater Zyberk and Company (DPZ) to help us achieve our vision. The Town Founders of Seaside, Robert and Daryl Davis, had worked with DPZ to create the vision for Seaside. Inspired by this new way of building towns, instead of suburbs, our Master Plan and Architectural Codes (Codes) are derived from the historic architecture of NOTL. Construction began in 1997/8. Sadly Bud died in 2002 and we had a six year "pause" while we settled with his estate. Brookfield Homes joined us in 2007 and were responsible for co-developing the eastern half of The Village, fully understanding that they were obligated to follow the Codes. Brookfield will be finished building this spring and we will all be able to enjoin the fantastic ravine phase. Our final residential phase of 23 custom lots will start later this year. At the same time we're preparing for further commercial phases in our Village Centre. 
Our Codes set us apart from any other housing development in Niagara, and for that manner Canada. They preserve and protect all Village homeowners. They are registered on title to all Village homes and govern the exteriors. From an investment perspective, our Codes add value to our properties. Resales in similarly Coded communities almost always substantially outperform un-Coded neighbourhoods. It's in everyone's interests to respect and adhere to our Codes.
Given that spring is right around the corner (or is it here already?!), you may be thinking of some improvements to the exterior of your property. If you are, please ensure first that they will comply with our Codes. You can check this by simply emailing us a brief description of what you'd like to do at
Learn more about Seaside, DPZ and New Urbanism 
John Hawley   |   President
Traditional Neighbourhood Developments Inc.
Village Community Association Website
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