University Village Local Area Plan - Public Open House


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
North Cowichan & Duncan   A Public Open House will be held on Wednesday, February 26, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the gym at Alexander School, 2741 Beverly Street, to present draft options as to how the Vancouver Island University/James Street/Beverly Street area could look in the future. 
In collaboration with the City of Duncan, the Municipality of North Cowichan is preparing a long-term plan and vision for the Vancouver Island University/James Street/Beverly Street area which will be used to create a blueprint to help guide future redevelopment.  The ongoing process will create a robust Local Area Plan for this area, identified as University Village, fleshing out the strategic policies identified in both jurisdictions Official Community Plans (OCPs) and the Municipalitys Climate Action and Energy Plan.  The plan will establish a vision, goals, objectives, and policies for this area for the next 30 years. 
We are excited to have received such great ideas from the public during the University Village local area planning process, stated Mayor Jon Lefebure. The upcoming public open house will provide an opportunity to further discuss the plan with the community and ensure we are on the right track, he added.
Phil Kent, Mayor of Duncan, added, The City is excited to partner with North Cowichan and work together with the community on the University Village Local Area Plan that will guide the future of this key area.   
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 a safer and more attractive corridor for all users. 
Work on the Local Area Plan started in June 2013 and the first open house was held in September where key issues and background information were identified by property and business owners, and others.  Since then, there has been significant input from the local community and other stakeholders with an interest in this important area about what they think the important issues are, and what improvements would make this a better area 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 underUniversity Village Plan.

Funding for this project was provided by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI), BC Hydro, the City of Duncan and the Municipality of North Cowichan.