Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan
On this page you can find information about the following topics:
- The Plan
- What's New - Phase One Consultation
- Public Input - PlaceSpeak
- Keeping Up to Date on the NTMP Process
- Getting Ready
- BC / RDN Transit Future Plan - Related Study
The City of Nanaimo is currently developing its first long-term Transportation Master Plan, the first plan of its kind for BC's third oldest city. Transportation touches every part of our daily lives, affecting how we move, how food, goods and services reach us, how we access employment, our household budgets, what housing choices we make, how our City looks and feels and how we interact with our fellow citizens.
As our City approaches 100,000 people, these issues will become more complex and more important, requiring an overall plan for transportation moving into the future. The Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan (NTMP) will guide transportation decision-making in the City over the next 25 years and beyond and will recommend improvements for all modes of transportation, including walking, cycling, public transit, goods movement, and vehicles. This process is important to ensure that transportation investments work towards achieving the City's strategic goals, make the best use of our tax dollars and help shift towards a more sustainable future.
The NTMP will seek to address mobility issues while fulfilling key objectives of the City's Official Community Plan, Strategic Plan, and the Regional Growth Strategy. The NTMP will guide transportation decisions and have a major impact on how our community moves, looks and grows over the next 20+ years.
Thank you to all who participated in the first round of public consultation for the Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan (NTMP)! Through online participation, a stakeholder workshop and open houses we received valuable input from Nanaimo residents. Your input on transportation issues and opportunities is extremely valuable, and will be used to inform the development of the NTMP.
To let you know what we heard, read the Phase One Consultation Summary Report, which provides a summary of all the feedback we received during the first round of public consultation for the NTMP process on the subjects of roads, transit, cycling, and walking in Nanaimo. The Summary Report provides both a general overview of feedback, as well as verbatim comments received during the various consultation activities. You can also view the presentation to the Transportation Advisory Committee.
Over the course of the Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan process, there will be a number of opportunities to provide input, including online surveys, open houses, and workshops.
The consultation activities for Phase One of the NTMP took place in Fall & Winter 2012, and included two Open Houses, a Stakeholder Workshop, social media outreach, and an online transportation survey. Altogether, we obtained feedback from nearly 400 residents, including business owners, students, and neighbourhood groups! Please stay tuned and continue to visit this page for future updates on upcoming public consultation activities over the course of 2013.
We want to incorporate your needs, ideas and priorities into the NTMP. To help us gather your input, we are using an innovative online consultation tool called PlaceSpeak.
PlaceSpeak allows individuals to register online so that they can securely voice their opinions electronically and has been used successfully in several other BC communities. Registrants are mapped using postal codes so that everyone can view the general location of participants.
Look for us to add specific topics in the future, but for now, please participate in our first survey for the Transportation Master Plan, found here.
This site is the main portal for information about the NTMP. We invite you to visit it for updates or to join our mailing list to receive updates on the development of the plan and opportunities for input.
Over the last year the City has been preparing for the start of the NTMP. Before starting work on the project, we conducted a pre-plan consultation in the summer of 2011 to gain insight into community expectations and areas of interest. Results from the pre-plan consultation can be found here. In addition, in the spring of 2012 the City's Strategic Plan identified transportation as a key priority for the community.
The City has also been assembling information on our current travel patterns through a series of traffic, travel and transit surveys during 2012. Click here for more information on this work.
Information from these processes, along with public consultation during the fall of 2012, will inform the NTMP process moving forward.
The NTMP is being developed in parallel with the Nanaimo Transit Future Plan being prepared by BC Transit in collaboration with the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN). The Transit Future Plan is a 25-year plan for the region and is an update to the 2008 RDN Transit Business Plan and envisions what the RDN transit network should look like 25 years from now and describes what services, infrastructure and investments are needed to get there. The updated plan will be designed to support local community goals and objectives, such as strengthening the link between transportation and land use in order to support sustainable growth.
For more information about the Transit Future Plan, please visit: Transit Future Plan
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