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Waterfront Enhancement

Executive Sponsor/Contact for Strategic Priority:

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

Strategies:

1. Create a Waterfront Interdepartmental Staff Team (WIST) mandated to build partnerships and to identify and act on opportunities to create an uninterrupted waterfront trail and other priority outcomes.

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

2012:  Set up initial meeting with Waterfront Interdepartmental Staff Team (WIST) to define scope. Develop a report to Council as part of 2013 budget process to get direction on retaining a consultant to assist in identifying waterfront enhancement priorities. 

2013:  Upon identification of waterfront enhancement priorities, develop and begin implementation of work plan.

2014:  Implement work plan.

Update (as of December 31, 2012): The acquisition of the CP Lands has resulted in a Higher Service Level request being submitted to the budget process for a South Waterfront Master Plan. A report on this subject will be presented to Council in January 2013. A second Higher Service Level request has been submitted for a Waterfront Enhancement Strategy.

Update (as of March 31, 2013): A report on the acquisition of CP Lands was presented to Council in January and the recommendations for the creation of a Steering Committee for the South Waterfront Master Plan were endorsed.

Update (as of June 30, 2013): Steering Committee of community members has been selected and three meetings have been held on a South Waterfront Master Plan (re: CP Lands).  The City and Regional District of Nanaimo have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for the transfer of 3 acres of City owned land for a transportation exchange.  A High Service Level request has been approved on the overall waterfront enhancement strategy.  Next steps to finalize Committee Terms of Reference for overall waterfront enhancement strategy and provide to Council for approval in August 2013.

Update (as of September 30, 2013): The South Downtown Waterfront Steering Committee (made up of community members) launched a campaign to engage the public in creating a vision for the south industrial waterfront.    A website has been created.  The South Downtown Steering Committee will host a Harbour Fair in October and three additional community events in November.  With respect to the Waterfront Interdepartmental Staff Team mandated to focus on identifying and acting on opportunities to create a waterfront trail, this work has been deferred until 2014 due to staff capacity issues.

Update (as of December 31, 2013): South Waterfront Plan committee progress includes completion of Harbour Fair and transportation workshop.  In addition, the ideas forum and Design Charrette is complete and Larry Beasley participated in a guest lecture.  Final report presented at community meeting on January 11, 2014.    South Waterfront Committee will present its report to Council in January 2014.  “WIST” will be created in 2014 to develop a draft long term strategy recommending policies and procedures for the long term development of a waterfront walkway from Departure Bay to South Nanaimo.

Update (as of March 31, 2014): The Chair of South Downtown Waterfront Committee provided a presentation to the Council on January 27, 2014 regarding the Committee's report, "Framing the Future: Vision and Guiding Principles."  The Council received the presentation, requested the committee to continue with outreach to Nanaimo Port Authority, RDN and Snuneymuxw First Nations, and to return to the Council in March to provide a presentation that includes commentary on outreach efforts.  The Council also directed Staff to obtain cost estimates on planning and design of an integrated transportation hub.  The Committee is to report back to the Council in March 2014 and staff are to bring cost estimates back to the Council.

Update (as of June 30, 2014): South Dowtown Waterfront Committee is continuing with outreach to Nanaimo Port Authority, RDN and Snuneymuxw First Nations.  Informal staff team, made up of representatives from Community Development and Parks, Recreation & Environment have been meeting to identify and act on opportunities to create an uninterrrupted trail and other priority outcomes.  The next step is for South Downtown Waterfront Committee to report back to Council and provide cost estimates once outreach has been completed.  Staff report prepared for July 14, 2014 meeting of Council regarding Nanaimo Yacht Club Waterfront Walkway Upgrade.

Update (as of September 30, 2014): Chair of South Downtown Waterfront Committee  provided a presentation to Council at the July 21, 2014 meeting regarding the next steps for the South Downtown Waterfront Initiative.  A consultant has been retained to conduct an environmental review of 1 Port Drive.  The Hilton Hotel has submitted plans that include an upgraded waterfront walkway. The Waterfront Hotel, 1000 Stewart Avenue, has extended the waterfront walkway by 70 metres north of Cypress Street along the Newcastle Channel. Chair of South Downtown Waterfront Committee is expected to report back to Council with revised terms of reference for the Committee (see report to Council on October 20, 2014). Through the development of adjacent lands, staff will continue to work to obtain additional walkway improvements/opportunities toward the goal of an uninterrupted walkway north to BC Ferries.

2. Update Maffeo Sutton Park Improvement Plan.
3. Assess and address concerns relating to aging infrastructure at Georgia Park.
4. Upgrade and improve existing Departure Bay section of the Waterfront Trail from Kin Hut to Hammond Bay Road.

Staff Lead: Richard Harding, Director, Parks Recreation & Culture (richard.harding@nanaimo.ca) re #2 & #3 above
Poul Rosen, Manager Engineering Projects (poul.rosen@nanaimo.ca) re #4 above

2012: Grant application on improving Departure Bay section of the Waterfront Trail submitted.  Public input process on Maffeo Sutton Park improvement plan underway.  Develop options following input process. 

2013: Present options to Council for Maffeo Sutton Park improvement plan and options to assess and address Georgia Park infrastructure concerns.

2014: Consider funding options.  Implement Council direction.

Update (as of December 31, 2012): Awaiting decision on grant application. Public input process completed. Options will be drafted by Spring 2013.

Update (as of March 31, 2013): Grant application denied.  Project will be funded by Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILTS) in the 2013-2017 Financial Plan.

Update (as of June 30, 2013): Items 2 & 3: Options and recommendations to be drafted by Spring 2013.  Delayed until Fall 2013.  Item 4: Work will be tendered in Fall 2013.

Update (as of September 30, 2013): Items 2 & 3: In process of preparing draft plan for Council review.Originally scheduled to present draft options and recommendations for Council approval in Spring 2013, however, this has been delayed until Spring 2014.  Item 4: Work was expected to be tendered in Fall 2013 however, the project is now on hold until 2014 in order to obtain required approvals.

Update (as of December 31, 2013): Prepare report for Council (with options) to be presented in Spring 2014.  Next steps include continuing to work on obtaining required approvals for project work.

Update (as of March 31, 2014): Prepare a report for the Council (with options) to be presented in Fall 2014.

Design options are being worked on in cooperation with adjacent development.  The options will be presented with the Maffeo draft plan in the Fall. 

Staff have been working with the Departure Bay Neighbourhood Association and have presented a draft design.  The next step is to continue to work on obtaining required approvals for project work.

Update (as of June 30, 2014): Draft of Maffeo Sutton Park Improvement Plan Prepared.  The next step is for a report to be provided to Council in the Fall attaching the draft Maffeo Sutton Park Improvement Plan and providing options for consideration.

Continued to work on design options with Hilton Hotel. The next step is for a report on Maffeo Sutton Park to be provided to Council in the Fall that will include options to address concerns with Georgia Park.

Continued to work on final designs and obtaining approvals.  Final designs are being developed with the plan to start construction in the Fall.

Update (as of September 30, 2014): Draft of Maffeo-Sutton Park Improvement Plan prepared and presented to the Parks Committee on September 11, 2014. Draft Maffeo-Sutton Park Improvement Plan to be presented to the Parks, Recreation & Culture Commission in November 2014 and to City Council in December 2014.

Continued to work on design options with Hilton Hotel. Draft Maffeo-Sutton Park Improvement Plan includes options to address concerns with Georgia Park.  See next steps in 6.b. above.

Continued to work on final designs and obtaining approvals. Inform the public about proposed plans, complete design, and target construction in 2015 (pending successful regulatory approvals and budget allocations).

5. Work with SFN and BC Parks to explore options for improving access to Newcastle Island.

Staff Lead: Suzanne Samborski, Sr Manager, Culture & Heritage (suzanne.samborski@nanaimo.ca)

2013:  Participate with Newcastle Management Committee to explore options for improving access.

Update (as of March 31, 2013): Working toward re-establishing Newcastle Island Collaborative Management committee to commence discussions.

Update (as of June 30, 2013): Continuing to make efforts towards re-establishing Newcastle Island Collaborative Management committee to commence discussions.  Will work to establish meeting with BC Parks, SFN, and City in Fall 2013.  

Update (as of September 30, 2013): Staff has been working with the Province and the Snuneymuxw First Nation to prepare terms of reference for a study outlining options for improving access to Newcastle Island.  The parties will develop a Request for Proposal to engage a consultant to assist with study.

Update (as of December 31, 2013): Drafted RFP to engage consultant to assist with study outlining options for improving access to Newcastle Island.   Next steps include discussing draft RFP with new Chief and BC Parks.

Update (as of March 31, 2014): Drafted RFP to engage consultant to assist with study outlining options for improving access to Newcastle island.  The Draft RFP is with BC Parks and SFN for the next steps.

Update (as of June 30, 2014): Project Charter with SFN and BC Parks has been developed and is in the process of being signed.  Project Charter includes statement on improving access to Newcastle Island. The next step is to implement Project Charter.

Update (as of September 30, 2014): Project Charter with SFN and BC Parks was developed and the final signature was added on July 28th.  Project Charter includes statement on improving access to Newcastle Island.  Project has been tendered and awarded. Work to commence in Fall 2014 with completion in summer of 2015.

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