Council, staff, and residents are becoming more supportive with Complete Streets principles and have recently completed a Draft Complete Streets Guide with the intent of creating a greener, sustainable, and multi-modal network that accommodates and moves people as well as motorists.
In June 2019, following stakeholder and public consultation, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) released the BC Active Transportation Strategy and the BC Active Transportation Guide.
In 2014, Nanaimo’s City Council approved the Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan (NTMP), which included recommendations to create Complete Street standards and to expand the cycling network. Included within the Master Plan, Stewart Ave (from Terminal Ave to BC Ferries (BCF) Departure Bay Terminal) has been selected for these improvements.
Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan
- The City of Nanaimo “OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN BYLAW 2008 NO. 6500” (planNanaimo), was adopted in September 2008. Within this Official Community Plan (OCP), Goal Seven and the development of neighborhood plans, as critical to achieving the objectives of the OCP. By working with stakeholder groups, the Brechin Newcastle Neighbourhood Plan was arrived at and was adopted by City Council in May 2016.
Some technical consultation has taken place with MoTI and BC Ferries, which has shaped the concept development to date. Managing ferry overflow requirements, while maintaining all types of vehicle traffic are just a few of the obstacles to overcome with the two functional design options.
Public consultation will begin when the project is re-initiated in the future.