University Village Local Area Plan - Final Public Open House


North Cowichan and Duncan On Monday April 14, from 4 to 7 p.m., a Public Open House will be held in the gym at Alexander Elementary School, 2741 Beverly Street, to present the final proposed Plan for the University Village Area.  This area includes Vancouver Island University, James Street, and Beverly Street. 
This proposed Plan has been developed over the past nine months with extensive input from business and property owners within the Plan area, community members, and other community stakeholders, and takes into account the long-term projected growth for the area and the need for additional commercial floor area and residential units.  This option, which will form the basis of the Local Area Plan, will flesh out the strategic policies identified in the City of Duncans and the Municipality of North Cowichans Official Community Plans (OCPs) and the Municipality of North Cowichans Climate Action and Energy Plan.  The Plan will establish a vision, goals, objectives and policies for this area for the next 30 years.  Once adopted by the Councils of the City of Duncan and the Municipality of North Cowichan, the Plan will provide a strategic blueprint to help guide future redevelopment of this important area. 
Please join us as we unveil the proposed Plan for this vital core area of North Cowichan and Duncan, invites Mayor Lefebure.
The public input we have received to date has been really valuable in shaping the draft plan that will guide the future development of this area, states City of Duncan Mayor, Phil Kent. We hope that community members will continue to provide their thoughts, ideas and concerns to this process at the open house and with the online tools.
This is the final open house for this project and the comments received from this open house will be used to further refine the proposed Plan before the Plan is presented to both Councils for adoption. 
In conjunction with this plan, the Trans-Canada Highway (between Beverly Street and Boys Road) is also being studied to determine how this corridor can be improved to make it a safer and more attractive corridor for all users.  The proposed Plan includes short to medium term improvements to the highway corridor and connecting roads that will establish safe pedestrian and cycling routes and improve traffic flows through the area.  The proposed Plan will also include policies and regulations intended to improve the overall aesthetics of the corridor.
Work on the University Village Local Area Plan started in June 2013 and the first open house was held in September 2013 where key issues and background information were identified by property and business owners and other stakeholders.  A second open house was held in February 2014, and since then, there has been significant input from the local community and other stakeholders.  The plan has generated considerable interest from members of the community about what they think are the important issues and what improvements can be made to make this area a better place to live, work and play.
Further information on this project including a baseline report for the area and all comments received to date on the project can be found on North Cowichans website under University Village Plan or at  the PlaceSpeak site by following this link: http://bit.ly/1gzIQTk.
Funding for this project was provided by the Municipality of North Cowichan, City of Duncan, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) and BC Hydro. 

Michelle Geneau, Planner
City of Duncan
250 746-6126