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City of Parksville invites residents to transportation master plan open house

Phase 2 of public engagement also includes survey open March 5 to April 5
The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)

The City of Parksville is continuing with phase two of the transportation master plan project.

The city heard from more than 400 people who shared their thoughts, ideas and experiences through an open house and online survey in late 2023, according to a news release by the city.

A drop-in open house is scheduled for March 5 in the Forum of the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre (PCTC), located at 100 Jensen Ave East.

“We invite residents to participate in round two of our planning,” the release said. “Whether you drive, transit, walk, cycle, or roll when moving around Parksville, we need your feedback at an open house on Tuesday, March 5.”

Residents are encouraged to drop in between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and plan to stay for one of the presentations scheduled for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The city says it is seeking feedback on proposed goals and objectives for the transportation master plan, future capital projects and planning, and proposed projects and strategies to meet the community’s vision.

As part of phase 2 input, Parksville residents are invited to share their thoughts, through a survey, on what has been accomplished so far. The survey will be open from March 5 to April 5 on Let’s Talk Parksville. The information presented at the March 5 open house will be available to review on Let’s Talk Parksville.

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The process to update the transportation master plan will result in a comprehensive plan which reflects the changing needs and expectations of the community and provides a road map to ensure a well-coordinated, efficient, and sustainable mobility network aligned with the goals and vision of the community, according to the city.

The new plan will include costs, impacts, and policy direction, along with an implementation plan with monitoring and expected outcomes. Phase 2 is expected to complete in June, followed by the third and final phase.

This new plan will address current and future needs for all modes along with emergency services and goods movement, with a particular focus on the downtown section of the Island Highway corridor.

Details including information presented at the Nov. 8 open house, results from the first phase engagement, the What We Heard Report, as well as the base conditions report prepared by consultant, McElhanney Ltd. are available for review on Let’s Talk Parksville.

— NEWS Staff

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