WATCH: After years of public consultation, the City of Victoria has released its Ship Point master plan and the mayor is determined to see it through.
After years of public consultation, the City of Victoria has released its Ship Point master plan.
The mayor says she is determined to see it through to fruition.
"As we have more and more people living downtown, it is our responsibility to create public spaces for people to gather. People living in these new condos, they don't have backyards," Mayor Lisa Helps said.
The plan includes:
- green space
- a picnic site
- a festival area
- a grand staircase
- commercial space
- a small reduction in parking spaces
The Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) said it supports the plan.
"Successful downtowns throughout North America and Europe have spaces like Ship Point is imagined," said Jeff Bray, executive director of the DVBA. "So I'm really excited that when this plan is realized, it'll be a real jewel for downtown Victoria."
The city plans to put together a funding strategy in the next few weeks and the goal is to start construction sometime in 2019.
City staff are hosting a final public consultation session tonight at city hall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.