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Transportation & Mobility

Executive Sponsor/Contact for Strategic Priority:

Tracy Samra, Chief Administrative Officer (tracy.samra@nanaimo.ca)

Note:  Transportation Advisory Committee provides political oversight

Strategies:

1. Complete comprehensive Sustainable Transportation Master Plan.

Staff Lead: Geoff Goodall, Director of Engineering & Public Works (geoff.goodall@nanaimo.ca)

2012: Continue to develop Transportation Master Plan in accordance with project plan.

2013: Complete Transportation Master Plan by Fall 2013 and present to Council for approval.

2014: Prioritize and implement Transportation Master Plan Recommendations.

Update (as of December 31, 2012): Process is well underway.  Research completed.  One stakeholder meeting and two public open houses have been held and a PlaceSpeak survey administered.  A site has been selected for the Regional District of Nanaimo transit exchange.

Update (as of March 31, 2013): Provided status report to Council in March on existing transportation conditions, issues and opportunities.

Update (as of June 30, 2013): Developed vision, goals, objectives and targets.  Conducted second stakeholder workshop and Technical Working Group Meeting.  Will present Transportation Master Plan components to Council for approval in Fall 2013, and finalize plan by end of 2013. 

Update (as of September 30, 2013): Completing Discussion Paper #3 which includes feedback from Transportation Advisory Committee, feedback from the Technical Working Group, and feedback from Stakeholder Groups.  Will prepare a presentation update for Council on the Transportation Master Plan.  Presentation scheduled for October 28, 2013 (since completed).  Open Houses are being scheduled for November.

Update (as of December 31, 2013): Completed Discussion Paper #3, the Public Consultation Process and prepared the Draft Transportation Master Plan document.  Final Transportation Master Plan document to be completed for Council approval in March 2014.

Update (as of March 31, 2014): The Draft Final Transportation Master Plan is completed and ready to go to the Transportation Advisory Committee and Council.  The Transportation Master Plan is to be finalized at the April Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting and taken to the Council in May for final Approval.

Update (as of June 30, 2014): Transportation Master Plan adopted by Council on May 26, 2014.  The next step is implementation of the Transportation Master Plan.  Part four of the Plan details key projects for the next 5 years.

Update (as of September 30, 2014): Transportation Master Plan has been adopted by Council and is in the process of being implemented.

Click here for more information on the Transportation Master Plan

2. Continue efforts to integrate land use and mobility planning through the Official Community Plan (“OCP”) process.

Staff Lead: Dale Lindsay, Director of Community Development (dale.lindsay@nanaimo.ca)

2013: Undertake 5 year review of OCP with focus on transportation and land use.

2014: Complete OCP review and present to City Council.

Update (as of December 31, 2012): Director of Planning facilitated at a Stakeholder workshop held on November 8, 2012.

Update (as of March 31, 2013): Planning Staff sit on the Transportation Advisory Committee and the technical working group for the Transportation Master Plan. A workshop of the technical committee was held on March 28th to look at alternative land use scenarios with the consultants for the Transportation Master Plan.

Update (as of June 30, 2013): 5 year review of Official Community Plan will start in September 2013.  Review will focus on transportation and land use. 

Update (as of September 30, 2013): The Transportation Advisory Committee has now received a copy of the draft Master Transportation Plan.  It uses the concept of mobility hubs which integrate higher density areas that have a mix of land uses with improved pedestrian, cycling and transit infrastructure.  The City will be embarking on a review of the Official Community Plan in November which will examine ways that concepts from the Transportation Plan can inform the 5 year review of the OCP.

Update (as of December 31, 2013): Council received the report “Official Community Plan Five Year Review” (OCP) at its meeting of November 18, 2013.  The report included a Terms of Reference for the review process which is expected to run through 2014.  Among the items identified in the Terms of Reference is to incorporate elements from the Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan into the OCP.  The Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan is expected to come before Council in March 2014.  The OCP Review was originally scheduled to be completed by June 2014 but this timeline may need to be adjusted to Fall of 2014 due to the recent reorganization.

Update (as of March 31, 2014): Council received the report "Official Community Plan Five Year Review" (OCP) at its meeting of November 18, 2013.  The report included a Terms of Reference for the review process which is expected to run through 2014.  Among the items identified in the Terms of Reference is to incorporate elements from the Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan into the OCP.  The Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan is expected to come before Council in May 2014.  The OCP Review is ongoing and is anticipated to be completed in the Fall of 2014.

Update (as of June 30, 2014): Planning staff participated in developing the Transportation Master Plan, which was approved by Council on May 26, 2014.  The next step is for the OCP review process to continue.

Update (as of September 30, 2014): OCP Review Process to continue.

3. Review Development Cost Charge (“DCC”) rates to better consider cost to service different parts of City and encourage development within currently serviced areas to reduce infrastructure costs.

Staff Lead: Victor Mema, Director of Finance (victor.mema@nanaimo.ca)

2012: Commence DCC review.

2013: Complete DCC review by Spring. Provide report to City Council by Fall 2013.

Update (as of December 31, 2012): Review in progress.

Update (as of March 31, 2013): Review in progress.

Update (as of June 30, 2013): Review in progress.

Update (as of September 30, 2013): Although the DCC review was scheduled to be completed and a report prepared for Council for Fall 2013, this project has been delayed until 2014 due to staff capacity issues.

Update (as of December 31, 2013): DCC review and report will be finalized in 2014.

Update (as of March 31, 2014): The DCC review was delayed as staff resources were reallocated to completing the 2014-2018 Financial Plan/Service Level review.  When the 2014-2018 Financial Plan is complete, work will recommence on the DCC Review.  The intent is to have a report to Council by the end of 2014.

Update (as of June 30, 2014): Staff will provide a report to City Council in Fall 2014 regarding the status of the DCC review.

Update (as of September 30, 2014): Report presented to Council on August 18, 2014, seeking direction from Council on Development Cost Charge (“DCC”) review.  Council directed staff to undertake a comprehensive DCC review in 2015. DCC Steering Committee to meet on October 29th to begin the review process.

4. Work with other organizations to advocate for and support improvement of external connections.

Staff Lead: Bill Corsan, Manager, Real Estate (bill.corsan@nanaimo.ca)

2012: Gather community input as part of Transportation Master Plan.

2013: Consider needs for external transportation connections in Transportation Master Plan recommendations.

2014: Prioritize and implement Transportation Master Plan recommendations approved by City Council.

Update (as of December 31, 2012): Staff has been in discussion with external organizations regarding the Transportation Master Plan.

Update (as of March 31, 2013): Staff has been in discussion with external organizations regarding the Transportation Master Plan.

Update (as of June 30, 2013): Representatives of external organizations attended stakeholder workshop for Transportation Master Plan. 

Update (as of September 30, 2013): Provided opportunities for external organizations to participate in Transportation Master Plan Stakeholder Workshops.  Staff are involved in discussions with the proponents of a passenger ferry service to Vancouver.  Representatives of external organizations have been invited to participate in the Transportation Master Plan Open Houses.

Update (as of December 31, 2013): Held e-Town Hall meeting on establishment of passenger only ferry service to Vancouver.  Invited stakeholders to South Downtown Waterfront Initiative.  Next steps include continuing discussions establishment of passenger ferry service, and initiating discussions on development of multi-modal transportation hub at 1 Port Drive.

Update (as of March 31, 2014): The Council is supporting the agreement to lease property to Island Ferry Services Limited so that the company may operate a passenger only fast ferry service between Nanaimo and Vancouver.  The next step is for the City and IFSL to complete lease negotiations by the end of May.

Update (as of June 30, 2014): Finalized lease agreement with Island Ferry Services Ltd for a terminal facility on City owned property at 1 Port Drive.  Council provided approval in principle on June 23, 2014.  Concept of a downtown transportation hub was incorporated into the Transportation Master Plan adopted by Council on May 26, 2014.  The next step is for the City to rezone and service terminal facility by September 30, 2014.  IFSL to commence operations by March 31, 2015.  City to work with the RDN and other partners to start planning for the dowtown Nanaimo transportation hub.

Update (as of September 30, 2014): Island Ferry Services Ltd lease area was rezoned to allow a passenger terminal. Development permit for terminal has been submitted and is being reviewed by staff. Island Ferries requires final investment prior to commencing operation. Operations expected to begin Spring 2015.

5. Work with the Island Corridor Foundation ("ICF") to increase the viability of the E & N Rail line.

Staff Lead: Bill Corsan, Manager, Real Estate (bill.corsan@nanaimo.ca)

2012: Gather community input as part of Transportation Master Plan.

2013: Consider needs for external transportation connections in Transportation Master Plan recommendations.

2014: Prioritize and implement Transportation Master Plan recommendations approved by City Council.

Update (as of December 31, 2012): Regional District of Nanaimo has committed funding to ICF.

Update (as of March 31, 2013): Staff have been working with ICF regarding the viability of incorporating passenger rail service into the new proposed transit exchange on the former CP Lands site.

Update (as of June 30, 2013): Representative of ICF attended stakeholder workshop for Transportation Master Plan. 

Update (as of September 30, 2013): Discussion Paper #3 re the Transportation Master Plan contains statements regarding the need to protect the railway corridor and to further assess the benefits and costs of the railroad.  Representatives of the Island Corridor Foundation have been invited to participate in the Transportation Master Plan Open Houses.

Update (as of December 31, 2013): Attended South Downtown Waterfront Initiative.  Next steps include examining opportunities to integrate rail into multi-modal transportation hub at 1 Port Drive.

Update (as of March 31, 2014): The ICF will finalize the agreement with VIA Rail and Southern Railway to bring passenger rail back to Vancouver Island.

Update (as of June 30, 2014): The ICF will finalize the agreement with VIA Rail and Southern Railway to bring passenger rail back to Vancouver Island.

Update (as of September 30, 2014): Met with ICF and Southern Rail to discuss passenger terminal at 1 Port Drive. Once tender for rail rehabilitation has been issued staff will work with ICF and Southern Rail to establish a terminal facility in the Wellcox yard.

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