At the Committee of the Whole Council meeting on June 24, Director of Community Services Dean Hustwick asked council to hire the Waterfront Plan consultants thinc design “to conduct public engagement on design options for the East Pier and Campground”. That is, to do some preliminary design and ask the public what they would like. But Councillor Emily Chorley said that there should be a public meeting in September 2019 which would narrow the options before any money was spent on designs. Emily moved that this should be done with results presented to Council no later than November 4, 2019 and the work could be included in the 2020 budget. Detailed designs would then follow. Her motion was deferred to the regular Council meeting on July 2. Several options were presented for the East pier plus some needed upgrades to the campground.
East Pier Options
Here is a summary of options suggested by Shoreline Engineering who reviewed the problems with the East Pier plus the recommendations in the Waterfront Plan. The full report from Dean is available in the links below.
Option 1 – Closed to Traffic and Naturalization
This option considers naturalization of the pier for use as a park space. No vehicular traffic – pedestrians only. No removal and launching of boats in the marina and no midway at the Waterfront Festival. Settlement would still occur so regular maintenance would be required by Town staff. No safety concerns. Cost of Construction: $440,220.
Option 2 – Replace Top Fill Material
Top 1 metre backfilled and surface repaved. Settlement mitigated but not eliminated – access to pedestrians and small vehicles only. No Midway or “lifting operations” (presumably boats). Cost of Construction $1,091,420.
Option 3 – Piled Deck
Add a stable concrete deck using a steel piled foundation with a span of 10m in width and the entire length of the existing pier. Suggested for the west side of the existing pier to allow movement of boats in and out of the marina. No restriction for use of this deck. The remaining foot print of the pier could be naturalized for pedestrian access, as described under Option 1 above. Maintenance would be required on the East side where there would be a naturalized park area. Construction Cost $3,795,660.
Option 4 – Light Vehicle and Naturalization
A combination of Option 1 and Option 2. It includes a 10m wide paved area on the west side of the pier as described in Option 2 and the naturalization of the remaining area to the east as described in Option 1. This option allows for light vehicle use on the west paved area and pedestrian only traffic on the east park space. The park space would include a paved pedestrian pathway. An implication of no Midway or boat lifting. Construction cost $719,180.
Dean’s report said that in addition to the above, the Waterfront Study also required enhancements of $1,031,000, as outlined below, plus $104,000 in planning and engineering costs.
|4.4||Charter boat and deep water docking||$130,000|
|4.8||Seasonal closure of pier to motorized vehicles (signage)||$1,000|
|4.9||Electrical upgrades and pedestrian lighting||$250,000|
|5.4||Accessibility enhancements (from East Pier to Victoria Beach)||$105,000|
It seems that Staff will now present these options at a Public meeting in September.
In addition to the East Pier, there were some upgrades proposed for the campground but for the campground, Dean’s report simply listed the recommended projects in the Waterfront Study:
Based on the Waterfront Plan recommendations, Campground improvements were estimated to cost $911,000 plus $92,000 in planning and engineering costs:
|6.1||Service upgrades at campground (water, sanitary and electrical)||$200,000|
|6.2||Beach/campground interface improvements||$435,000|
|6.3||All season: extend camping season, introduce all season cottages and host special events||$150,000|
|6.4||Washroom building upgrades at campground||$50,000|
|6.5||Registration system upgrades (online) for campground|
|6.6||Increase campground rates and revise policies|
|6.7||General landscape improvements at campground||$25,000|
|6.8||Provide multi-use trail connection around campground||$51,000|
Both East Pier and Campground changes would be presented at the September Public Meeting with the intent of reducing the number of options.
This plan will need to be confirmed at the regular Council meeting on July 2 but Dean Hustwick has provided a new memo essentially repeating his earlier recommendation that a consultant be hired to help with the Public meeting but more importantly, that preliminary designs be prepared before the Public meeting so that the Public know more precisely what they are commenting on. In addition, if preliminary designs are not done before November 4, budget estimates for 2020 could be wrong and construction could end up being delayed into 2021. This is on the agenda for discussion at the July 2 regular Council meeting.
- East Pier and Campground report by Dean Hustwick – provided at COW on June 24, 2019 – source of information above.
- Second Memo from Dean Hustwick – on Agenda of regular Council meeting on July 2
- Waterfront Study Part 1
- Waterfront Study Appendices