Master Transportation Plan

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We are updating our Master Transportation Plan to improve transportation options across our communities for people of all ages and abilities. Thank you to all those who have participated so far.

The Plan, which will guide the North Cowichan's decisions related to all aspects of the transportation network over the next 30 years, will include a vision for the future of our transportation network, and goals that reflect our community’s priorities.

Climate action is a critical focus area for the Master Transportation Plan. North Cowichan is committed to reducing emissions through its Climate Action & Energy Plan and a key aspect of addressing climate action will be to reduce transportation-related emissions and putting sustainable transportation at the forefront.

Whether you walk, drive, cycle or roll, we want to hear from you! Here is what is coming up next in Spring 2022:

  • A follow up public survey
  • A virtual presentation of the draft plan, with the opportunity to ask questions

We are updating our Master Transportation Plan to improve transportation options across our communities for people of all ages and abilities. Thank you to all those who have participated so far.

The Plan, which will guide the North Cowichan's decisions related to all aspects of the transportation network over the next 30 years, will include a vision for the future of our transportation network, and goals that reflect our community’s priorities.

Climate action is a critical focus area for the Master Transportation Plan. North Cowichan is committed to reducing emissions through its Climate Action & Energy Plan and a key aspect of addressing climate action will be to reduce transportation-related emissions and putting sustainable transportation at the forefront.

Whether you walk, drive, cycle or roll, we want to hear from you! Here is what is coming up next in Spring 2022:

  • A follow up public survey
  • A virtual presentation of the draft plan, with the opportunity to ask questions

Have a question about the Master Transportation Plan? Ask it here.

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    Jaynes Road is frequently used by cyclists, elderly e-cyclists ( more recent) and walkers. Unfortunately it is a busy cut through with low dips ( poor visibility) and curves making it fun to speed on. I worry re cyclists and pedestrians getting hit as they have to go around cars parked on the west side of the road. Any plan to either slow the speed down or put in a cycle lane like on Maple Bay road? It is a wide street - perhaps on one side of the road?

    smcdonald asked 3 months ago

    The transportation consultant has a draft plan identifying Jaynes Rd as a future cycling network leg, but this has not been fully reviewed nor prioritized. In the meantime, we appreciate the feedback that will help in the assessments of recommended works. There is a sidewalk on one side of Jaynes Road for its entire length, providing a safe and accessible route for pedestrians.

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    The South Island Railway ( formerly E and N) - is there any discussion happening about making it run but in the proper direction/time to be used as a commuter train like west coast express vs tourist train as it was before it shut down? The numbers of cars on the highway is only going to get bigger ... Not sure we can handle that on our highways particularly in summer with the main road so full of cars idling at the stop lights.

    smcdonald asked 3 months ago

    This Master Transportation Plan is expected to comment on the goals for the corridor through consultation with Island Corridor Foundation and note comments through public engagement such as this. The overall strategy for the railway, however, is beyond the scope of this plan .

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    What options are you planning to get out of the properties to go to downtown Duncan. The one that shows the extension of Donnay Road is useless as it will just add to the congestion of the roundabout at the Queen of Angels school.

    tinashort asked 4 months ago

    The consultant working on the MTP and staff have recognized this issue, as well as Cowichan Tribes, who note the Tzouhalem Road corridor. The Master Transportation Plan will address the conditions as best as possible given the constraints and will not necessarily mean road improvements for vehicles only, and is likely to recommend the encouragement of all forms of transportation, access management and improvements at the intersections.

    A Phase 2 report of findings and draft recommendations will be presented to Council and will be available to the public shortly prior to development of the draft plan.

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    Are you going to involve stake holders from all of the above mentioned ages and abilities directly in reviewing transportation corridors?

    Roy Palmer asked 4 months ago

    A draft Master Transportation Plan will be developed upon Council’s direction after review of the Phase 2 report. The report and subsequent Master Transportation Plan will then be shared with stakeholders, government partners, and the public, before final approval by Council. At this time, you can read Phase 1 reports that include the presentation to Council and the engagement summary report, in the ‘Phase 1 Reports’ tab on the project page.

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    My concern is as we age and can’t drive anymore maple bay bus transportation has to really improve with all the new development this should become a Priority

    1948diane asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. The Cowichan Valley Regional Transit System is in the process of updating its Transit Future Action Plan. We encourage you to provide input through their interactive map or a general inquiry https://engage.bctransit.com/cowichanvalley2021

    The North Cowichan's Master Transportation Plan will also provide recommendations to transit based on feedback we hear, but the municipality does not manage transit in the area.

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    What are the plans for BellMckinnon and Herd Road intersection?

    Ralph asked 4 months ago

    The current plan for intersection improvements at Herd and Bell Mckinnon Roads is for a roundabout. The timing is expected to coincide with development related to the new hospital project occurring between 2022 and 2026.

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    Residents of the Chilco/Tatlo area would like to walk to central Crofton but it is dangerous. There are young children who regularly walk to and from the elementary school, but there are no safe sidewalks for them. The curve on the hill on the south side of Crofton could be turned into a safer place to walk. There is room. My husband and I are in our late seventies and we are careful, but never feel safe on that stretch of Osborne Bay Rd.

    Joanne licsko asked 4 months ago

    A future multi-purpose trail is planned for alongside Osborne Bay Road. This trail is in early stages of planning and at this time there is no timeline for construction.

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