Nanaimo Waterfront

Nanaimo City Council Approves Waterfront Plan

The City of Nanaimo is taking the next steps to re-imagine their downtown waterfront lands.

The most recent draft of the Port Drive Waterfront Master Plan, regarding what and how to build on 1 Port Dr. was approved by Nanaimo City Council during the committee of the whole meeting on Monday, Jan. 8.

The plan includes:

  • a new roundabout at the corner of Front St. behind the Port Place parkade
  • transit hub for buses won’t impact road congestion
  • a new park beside the Gabriola Ferry terminal
  • extending the waterfront walkway through the site
  • rezoning large sections of the land to allow apartments and businesses
  • new apartment buildings and shops close to the water to turn the waterfront area into a thriving part of Nanaimo’s downtown

Many aspects of the future look of 1 Port Dr. are still to be determined:

  • Protection Island residents asked to have a service ramp included in the plan, to provide quicker access to the Island. City staff said it would be discussed in future community consultations. A previously considered boat ramp and commuter dock for Protection Island was referenced in the draft plan but not considered over various issues.
  • Organizers of a proposed $50 million Ocean Discovery Centre asked for their project to be included in the draft plan, which councillors approved unanimously. 

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