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Port Drive Waterfront Master Plan

Open House

All members of the public are invited to attend an Open House to view  concepts and options and provide feedback. The Open House will be on June 21 from 4 – 8 PM at 1 Port Drive, directly across the street from Port Place Mall.

Please click here to view the Open House Boards.

In October 2015, the City of Nanaimo began a Master Plan process for 1 Port Drive, a parcel of municipal land and water located along the southern Nanaimo waterfront.

As part of Phase 2 ('Issues and Opportunities') the project, the City held four workshops in Winter 2015/2016 with tenants, adjacent landowners and other stakeholders to identify common interests and goals for the site. Shared objectives from stakeholders for the site include:

  • Increasing access to the waterfront with an extended walkway, enhanced public spaces and amenities;
  • Improving pedestrian and cyclist connections in the area;
  • Achieving a successful and complementary mix of commercial and retail uses;
  • Recognizing existing light industrial uses; and,
  • Building on the “working harbour” identity of the south downtown waterfront to create a unique and dynamic space.

We are now in Phase 3 of the project, 'Options Development,' which explores concepts and options for future land uses and key plan features, such as site access, a transit exchange, and waterfront walkway.  The next step in the process is to bring concepts and options back to stakeholders and the public, in order to gather feedback that can be used to draft a Master Plan.

What is the purpose of a Master Plan?

The Port Drive Waterfront Master Plan will set the framework for more detailed future planning directions for this important waterfront area, including future land use, transportation, servicing, open space, trails and environmental protection, within the plan area. 

Process

How to Get Involved

For questions about the project or to receive updates about upcoming events, email portdriveplan@nanaimo.ca or call (250) 755-4430.

Project Background

In March of 2013, the City of Nanaimo acquired 1 Port Drive from Canadian Pacific Railway at a cost of $3.4 million. The purchase included 10.8 ha (26.7 acres) of land and water, located immediately south of the downtown core of Nanaimo.  

From 2012-2014, The City of Nanaimo participated in community consultation process as part of the South Downtown Waterfront Initiative (SDWI) to develop a vision and guiding principles for the future of the larger south downtown waterfront area.  The resulting document, the South Downtown Guiding Principles, provide the vision for the upcoming Port Drive Waterfront Master Plan process.

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