The East Pier was closed to traffic a while back because of damage by high water and an engineering study was done. At around the same time, the Waterfront plan was completed which recommended upgrades to the Pier and to the Campground. Four options were proposed for the Pier which included both repairs and upgrades, and public comments on these were solicited. In (another) marathon Council session on Tuesday (October 15), Council decided what to do. They had to balance costs of possibly around $4M against preserving an asset well into the future. To help with the decision, the Parks and Recreation Advisory committee made a recommendation to “implement Option 4 – a combination of pedestrian and light vehicle use – with enhancement as deemed appropriate by Council”.
A Refresher on Options
A full report on the options offered was provided here: East Pier and Campground Report. But in council’s discussion, only options 3 and 4 were mentioned. Option 3 provided support for heavy traffic and unrestricted use on the west side of the pier but would cost $3.8M with the East side for pedestrians only. Option 4 ($720K) provided light vehicle use on the west side (10m wide) and pedestrian only traffic on the east side.
Mayor John Henderson wanted to know what “light vehicles” would be. Director Hustwick responded that this would be cars, light trucks such as small Fire Trucks and food trucks. A Midway would not be allowed nor would cranes to lift-out boats. Cranes for lift-out would also be limited on where they could go at the base of the pier – if at all – although that’s a separate concern. Councillor Emily Chorley commented that public comments favoured allowing cars on the pier. There was also discussion on the process but it was agreed that the first step would be preparation of engineering drawings by a consultant and funding for that would be in the 2020 budget.
East Pier Motion
There was discussion about which items should be “optional” but Director Hustwick said that all items would be costed separately anyway. In the end, a motion passed that included the following:
THAT Council instruct staff to procure engineering and other professional services to develop drawings, costs and tender documents for the following:
- East Pier structural repairs to enable a combination of pedestrian and light vehicle use (Option 4);
- Essential East Pier enhancements that include:
- Pedestrian walkways;
- Electrical upgrades and pedestrian lighting;
- Accessibility enhancements (from the East Pier to Victoria Beach) (to be costed separately);
- Perimeter railings;
- Optional East Pier enhancements (to be costed separately) that include:
- Charter boat and deep water docking;
- Food concession;
- Pedestrian access to the lighthouse;
The motion also included direction on funding and that “the procured drawings/costings of the East Pier Repairs and Enhancements (corrected from earlier version) be presented to Council for approval by September 2020 prior to issuing RFPs/tendering”. So construction would start in 2021.
- East Pier and Campground report by Dean Hustwick – provided at COW on June 24, 2019
- Waterfront Study Part 1
- Waterfront Study Appendices
- Engineering report on the Pier – Full report by Engineering consultant on state of East pier including recommended repair options – December 2018