City of Port Alberni release design charrette summary

The design charrette discussed ideas to improve Johnston Road and the Northport commercial area.

Traffic calming on Johnston Road and the idea to close part of the Victoria Quay to create a pedestrian-only zone and expanded park were a few of the priorities identified by participants at a City of Port Alberni design charette for Johnston Road and Northport commercial area.

The design charette was held at the Best Western Barclay Hotel on Oct. 22 and 23, which brought together diverse stakeholders and the city to generate a cohesive vision and coordinated approach for recommendation, improvements and potential investments to the area.

The process started with participants gaining an understanding of current state of Johnston Road, then moved to establish a vision for Johnston Road in the future, and finally looked into the details and priorities for how to achieve this vision.

The summary from the two-day meeting was made public on Nov. 17.

The report highlights input and concepts discussed, including the idea to create a strong entry point at the east end of the city to welcome visitors, continue the median from Cherry Creek Road south to Northport to slow traffic and beautify the streetscape and to create a family attraction at Williamson Park.

In addition, participants stated they would like to create programs for temporary side street closures for events like a sunset market and convert the intersection at the foot of Johnston Road with Victoria Quay to a one-lane roundabout.

The City is inviting the public to review the report and share their feedback on the concepts and proposals. Written submissions can be dropped off at City Hall or emailed to scott_smith@portalberni.ca.

Preferred options developed through the charrette and public input will be included in a conceptual plan that will be provided for City Council’s consideration.

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