Transportation Master Plan

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The City received $150,000 in funding support from the
Canada Community-Building Fund Community Works Fund.


Updated April 8, 2024
We are nearing completion of the second of three phases of the transportation master plan process. This first phase included data collection at major intersections within the City, an open house, online survey, and local stakeholder engagement meetings. These activities were collected into a What We Heard report and a Base Conditions Assessment report which summarized the findings and helped to define the overall ambitions of the community to respond to identified challenges.

The second phase saw the development of a series of options (grouped into capital projects, near-term planning, quick progress, and policy and guidelines) which attempts to respond to identified challenges in ways that support the overall objectives of the project and align with the desire for Parksville to be an active, accessible, and safe community. These ideas were presented to the community at the second open house in February and combined with the results of an online survey, the feedback from the session will help the transportation master plan team refine the options and prepare initial recommendations. The next step in phase two is the completion of the second What We Heard report, available on this site later this month.

With the wrap up of the second phase, we look forward to the third and final phase which will focus on developing a series of practical recommendations for improvements over the coming years. The improvements will be costed, with identified funding sources and a plan for implementation. The recommendations will be presented to the community before being finalized and submitted to Council for consideration.


Updated January 12, 2024
Progress to update the City’s 2016 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is well underway. Working with consultant, McElhanney Ltd, the new comprehensive plan will reflect the changing needs and expectations of the community and provide a roadmap to ensure a well-coordinated, efficient, and sustainable mobility network aligned with the goals and vision of the community. The new plan will communicate recommendations including costs, impacts, and policy direction along with an implementation plan with monitoring and expected outcomes. The process to develop a new TMP began in July 2023, and we expect Phase 2 will complete in June followed by the third and final phase of the process.

The TMP will address current and future needs for all modes (auto, pedestrian, transit, cycling, and new and micro-mobility) along with emergency services and goods movement, with a particular focus on the downtown section of the Island Highway corridor. The goal is to provide a safe and accessible transportation network that will support a high quality of life for residents, and efficient mobility for all, recognizing the unique characteristics of the City.

The TMP project will:

  • Review and assess current transportation conditions for all modes.
  • Engage with the community during each phase of the study process (see below).
  • Establish community priorities and alignment with overall City objectives.
  • Identify critical infrastructure and areas for enhancement or mitigation.
  • Proposed multi-modal transportation solutions to address challenges and improve mobility choice.
  • Develop conceptual designs that reimagine how the Island Highway corridor through the City’s
    downtown is utilized.
  • Update the downtown core parking study.
  • Update road classifications and design guides relating to transportation infrastructure.
  • Identify areas for traffic calming and make policy recommendations.
  • Provide a schedule of costs for recommended improvements and enhancements.
  • Propose monitoring strategies to review progress.


Phase 1 Results
Community Engagement



The City received $150,000 in funding support from the
Canada Community-Building Fund Community Works Fund.


Updated April 8, 2024
We are nearing completion of the second of three phases of the transportation master plan process. This first phase included data collection at major intersections within the City, an open house, online survey, and local stakeholder engagement meetings. These activities were collected into a What We Heard report and a Base Conditions Assessment report which summarized the findings and helped to define the overall ambitions of the community to respond to identified challenges.

The second phase saw the development of a series of options (grouped into capital projects, near-term planning, quick progress, and policy and guidelines) which attempts to respond to identified challenges in ways that support the overall objectives of the project and align with the desire for Parksville to be an active, accessible, and safe community. These ideas were presented to the community at the second open house in February and combined with the results of an online survey, the feedback from the session will help the transportation master plan team refine the options and prepare initial recommendations. The next step in phase two is the completion of the second What We Heard report, available on this site later this month.

With the wrap up of the second phase, we look forward to the third and final phase which will focus on developing a series of practical recommendations for improvements over the coming years. The improvements will be costed, with identified funding sources and a plan for implementation. The recommendations will be presented to the community before being finalized and submitted to Council for consideration.


Updated January 12, 2024
Progress to update the City’s 2016 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is well underway. Working with consultant, McElhanney Ltd, the new comprehensive plan will reflect the changing needs and expectations of the community and provide a roadmap to ensure a well-coordinated, efficient, and sustainable mobility network aligned with the goals and vision of the community. The new plan will communicate recommendations including costs, impacts, and policy direction along with an implementation plan with monitoring and expected outcomes. The process to develop a new TMP began in July 2023, and we expect Phase 2 will complete in June followed by the third and final phase of the process.

The TMP will address current and future needs for all modes (auto, pedestrian, transit, cycling, and new and micro-mobility) along with emergency services and goods movement, with a particular focus on the downtown section of the Island Highway corridor. The goal is to provide a safe and accessible transportation network that will support a high quality of life for residents, and efficient mobility for all, recognizing the unique characteristics of the City.

The TMP project will:

  • Review and assess current transportation conditions for all modes.
  • Engage with the community during each phase of the study process (see below).
  • Establish community priorities and alignment with overall City objectives.
  • Identify critical infrastructure and areas for enhancement or mitigation.
  • Proposed multi-modal transportation solutions to address challenges and improve mobility choice.
  • Develop conceptual designs that reimagine how the Island Highway corridor through the City’s
    downtown is utilized.
  • Update the downtown core parking study.
  • Update road classifications and design guides relating to transportation infrastructure.
  • Identify areas for traffic calming and make policy recommendations.
  • Provide a schedule of costs for recommended improvements and enhancements.
  • Propose monitoring strategies to review progress.


Phase 1 Results
Community Engagement


  • Next Steps for Parksville’s Transportation Master Plan

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    April 11, 2024

    NEWS RELEASE

    We are nearing completion of the second of three phases of the transportation master plan process. This first phase included data collection at major intersections within the City, an open house, online survey, base conditions assessment, and meetings with interested groups and organizations. These activities were collected into a What We Heard report and a Base Conditions Assessment report which summarized the findings and helped to define the overall ambitions of the community to respond to identified challenges.

    The second phase saw the development of a series of options (grouped into capital projects, near-term planning, quick progress, and policy and guidelines) which attempt to respond to identified challenges in ways that support the overall objectives of the project and align with the desire for Parksville to be an active, accessible, and safe community. These ideas were presented to the community at the second open house in February and combined with the results of an online survey, the feedback from the session will help the transportation master plan team refine the options and prepare initial recommendations. The second online survey, open from March 6 to April 5, received about 700 completed surveys. The next step in phase two is the completion of the second What We Heard report which will be available on Let’s Talk Parksville in May.

    With the wrap up of the second phase, we look forward to the third and final phase which will focus on developing a series of practical recommendations for improvements over the coming years. The improvements will be costed, with identified funding sources and a plan for implementation. The recommendations will be presented to the community before being finalized and submitted to Council for consideration. More info and updates on Let’s Talk Parksville.

    For more information:
    Deb Tardiff, Manager of Communications
    communications@parksville.ca; 250 954-3073

  • Transportation Master Plan- Phase 2 Survey

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    SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED

    March 6, 2024

    NEWS RELEASE

    We are well into our process to develop a new transportation master plan for the City of Parksville. We completed phase one in late 2023 and phase two is now underway and expected to be finished in June. Thank you to those who shared your ideas and experiences related to transportation in the City.

    To continue our engagement on the master plan, we invite residents to participate in a second online survey. Residents are encouraged to share feedback on what we have accomplished so far; we are seeking your input 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. The survey is open until April 5, accessible from Let’s Talk Parksville and the City’s website. Paper copies of the survey are available from City Hall.

    If you did not attend the March 5 open house, the information presented may be viewed on Let’s Talk Parksville and the boards will be on display in the Atrium, 100 Jensen Avenue East until the March 18. We encourage you to take a few minutes to review this information before completing the second survey.

    We encourage residents to review details on Let’s Talk Parksville which includes information presented at the two open houses, results from the first phase engagement, What We Heard Report, as well as the base conditions report prepared by consultant, McElhanney Ltd.

    For more information:

    Deb Tardiff, Manager of Communications
    communications@parksville.ca; 250 954-3073


  • Round 2 of Parksville’s Transportation Master Plan

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    February 22, 2024

    NEWS RELEASE

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the first phase of the City’s transportation master plan project. In late 2023, through an open house and online survey, we heard from more than 400 people who shared their thoughts, ideas and experiences related to transportation in the City of Parksville.

    Phase 2 Drop-in Open House - March 5
    We invite residents to participate in round two of our planning. Whether you drive, transit, walk, cycle, or roll when moving around Parksville, we need your feedback at an open house on Tuesday, March 5, to be held in the Forum, 100 Jensen Avenue East. We encourage residents to drop in between 2 and 7 pm and plan to stay for one of the presentations scheduled for 3 pm and 5 pm. We are seeking your 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.

    Phase 2 Survey - March 5 to April 5
    As part of phase 2 input, Parksville residents are invited to share their thoughts on what we have accomplished so far. To ensure that the transportation master plan accurately reflects the needs of the community, we are once again asking for your feedback. The information presented at the March 5 open house will be available to review on Let’s Talk Parksville. This phase 2 survey will be open from March 5 to April 5 on Let’s Talk Parksville.

    Background
    The process to update our transportation master plan now in Phase 2, will result in a comprehensive plan which reflects the changing needs and expectations of the community and provides a roadmap to ensure a well-coordinated, efficient, and sustainable mobility network aligned with the goals and vision of the community. This 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. The goal is to provide a safe and accessible transportation network which will support a high quality of life for residents and efficient mobility for all, recognizing the unique characteristics of the City.

    We encourage residents to review details on Let’s Talk Parksville which includes information presented at the open house on November 8, the results from the first phase engagement, What We Heard Report, as well as the base conditions report prepared by consultant, McElhanney Ltd.

  • Next Steps for Parksville’s Transportation Master Plan

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    January 29, 2024

    LINK TO PDF

    The process to update the City’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP) now in Phase 2, will provide a comprehensive plan which reflects the changing needs and expectations of the community and provides a roadmap to ensure a well-coordinated, efficient, and sustainable mobility network aligned with the goals and vision of the community. This new plan will include costs, impacts, and policy direction, along with an implementation plan with monitoring and expected outcomes. Started in July 2023, Phase 2 is expected to complete in June followed by a third and final phase.

    During Phase 2, we are once again seeking your feedback on the proposed goals and objectives for the TMP. Our next open house on Tuesday, March 5 will share details on proposed projects and strategies to meet the community’s vision and will be followed by a second online survey for more feedback on what has been accomplished so far.

    The TMP will address current and future needs for all modes (auto, pedestrian, transit, cycling, and new and micro-mobility) along with emergency services and goods movement, with a particular focus on the downtown section of the Island Highway corridor. The goal is to provide a safe and accessible transportation network which will support a high quality of life for residents, and efficient mobility for all, recognizing the unique characteristics of the City.

    The What We Heard report from Phase 1 is complete and available on Let’s Talk Parksville. This report collects the discussions of the first public engagement session, along with the feedback received through the online survey completed in December. The base conditions assessment report available to review on Let’s Talk Parksville, summarizes the status of the multi-modal transportation network and identifies issues and opportunities to be explored during future phases of work.

    COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - Parksville residents and businesses are invited to the Phase 2 TMP kickoff engagement event. Whether you drive, transit, walk, cycle, or roll when getting around Parksville, we need your input at a drop-in open house on future capital projects and planning.

    WHO?
    Parksville residents, business owners

    WHAT?
    Phase 2 Drop-in Open House, Transportation Master Plan

    WHERE?
    The Forum, Parksville Civic and Technology Centre
    100 Jensen Avenue East, Parksville

    WHEN?
    2-7 pm, Tuesday, March 5

    WHY?
    We need your input on future capital projects and planning

    For more information:
    Deb Tardiff, Manager of Communications
    communications@parksville.ca; 250 954-3073

  • Help Shape the Future of Transportation in Parksville

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    SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL PARTICIPANTS.

    November 8, 2023

    LINK TO PDF

    The process to develop a comprehensive Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is now well underway. This new plan will be designed to improve mobility for residents, business and tourists based on current capacity and user experience as well as projected future growth. This plan will guide the future direction of transportation infrastructure in our City.

    Following the public open house on November 8, we wish to continue engaging with the community. Next step is an online survey seeking your input on how this new plan can improve your mobility experiences in the City for all modes of transportation, including walking, cycling, transit, and driving. The survey will be open from November 8 to December 3, accessible from Let’s Talk Parksville and the City’s website. As well, paper copies of the survey are available from City Hall. If you are not able to attend the open house, the information presented at the open house may be viewed on Let’s Talk Parksville and on display in the Atrium, 100 Jensen Avenue East until the end of November. We encourage you to take a few minutes to review this information before completing the survey.

    As we update the City’s 2016 Transportation Master Plan, we will continue to seek input on how this plan can improve experiences of mobility for all modes of transportation, including walking, cycling, transit, evolving transportation, and driving. The TMP will address current and future needs for all modes (auto, pedestrian, transit, cycling, and evolving transportation) along with emergency services and goods movement, with a particular focus on the downtown section of the Island Highway corridor. The goal is to provide a safe and accessible transportation network which will support a high quality of life for residents, and efficient mobility for all, recognizing the unique characteristics of the City of Parksville.

    Details about the City’s initiative to create a new Transportation Master Plan is available on Let’s Talk Parksville.

  • Parksville Transportation Master Plan

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    October 11, 2023

    LINK TO PDF

    Parksville is developing a comprehensive Transportation Master Plan (TMP) which will guide the future direction of transportation infrastructure for our City. The plan will be designed to improve mobility for residents, business and tourists based on current capacity and user experience as well as projected future growth.

    This initiative will update the City’s 2016 Transportation Master Plan and during the project, through a series of engagement opportunities, we will seek input on how this plan can improve experiences of mobility for all modes of transportation, including walking, cycling, transit, evolving transportation, and driving.

    The TMP will address current and future needs for all modes (auto, pedestrian, transit, cycling, and evolving transportation) along with emergency services and goods movement, with a particular focus on the downtown section of the Island Highway corridor. The goal is to provide a safe and accessible transportation network which will support a high quality of life for residents, and efficient mobility for all, recognizing the unique characteristics of the City of Parksville.

    COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
    The first public engagement event is a drop-in open house on November 8 followed by an online survey. The open house will review existing conditions and mapping and will be an opportunity to provide comments and ask questions. Consultant, McElhanney Ltd, will listen to resident input on six core topics as well as comments on issues or opportunities not included in these core topics - traffic and signals, active transportation (walking and cycling), transit, parking, safety, and funding.

    WHO?
    Parksville residents, business owners

    WHAT?
    Transportation Master Plan Open House, drop-in

    WHERE?
    The Forum, Parksville Civic and Technology Centre, 100 Jensen Avenue East

    WHEN?
    2-7 pm, Wednesday, November 8
    Presentations at 3, 4, 5 and 6 pm

    WHY?
    Your input will inform an updated Transportation Master Plan.

    For more information:
    Deb Tardiff, Manager of Communications
    communications@parksville.ca; 250 954-3073

  • Data Collection for Transportation Master Plan

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    July 21, 2023

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    Data collection for the City’s transportation master plan will begin on Monday, July 24 with completion expected on August 2. Vehicle traffic and pedestrians will not be impacted by the installation of the data collection devices.

    At the July 5 meeting, Council approved award of a contract to consultant, McElhanney Ltd, for a transportation master plan, which will help guide the City’s infrastructure renewal, upgrade, and development cost charge programs, provide information on required levels of funding. The contract value is $149,810 plus GST.

    McElhanney Ltd will install Miovision and Houston Radar data collection equipment at several City intersections and midblock locations, focussed on the downtown core. The equipment will measure vehicle speeds, volumes, and turning movements, and the data collected will be used to provide baseline information about existing traffic conditions and volumes through the City.

    For more information, contact the City’s engineering department at engineering@parksville.ca or 250 951-2484.

    References:
    Council Report – July 5, 2023

    For more information:
    Deb Tardiff, Manager of Communications
    communications@parksville.ca; 250 954-3073

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