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The future of University Village unfolds next week

Approximately 200 people joined hands along Beverly Street at the Wild Wings Festival’s Arms Around the Marsh on Oct. 19. The future of the neighbourhood from the southern border of the marsh to the Island Savings Centre — now being called University Village — is up for discussion during a Feb. 26 open house. - Andrew Leong/file
Approximately 200 people joined hands along Beverly Street at the Wild Wings Festival’s Arms Around the Marsh on Oct. 19. The future of the neighbourhood from the southern border of the marsh to the Island Savings Centre — now being called University Village — is up for discussion during a Feb. 26 open house.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

The time to get your two cents in about shaping the future development of the University Village is Feb. 26, between 2 and 7 p.m.

A public open house is being hosted by City of Duncan, Municipality of North Cowichan in preparation for creating a long-term plan for the Vancouver Island University/James Street/Beverly Street area which will be used to create a ‘blueprint’ to help guide future redevelopment.

“We are excited to have received such great ideas from the public during the University Village local area planning process,” said Mayor Jon Lefebure in a media release.

“The upcoming public open house will provide an opportunity to further discuss the plan with the community and ensure we are on the right track.”

The ongoing process will create a local area plan, fleshing out the strategic policies identified in both jurisdictions’ official community Plans and the North Cowichan’s Climate Action and Energy Plan. Officials say the plan will establish a vision, goals, objectives, and policies for this area for the next 30 years.

“The city is excited to partner with North Cowichan and work together with the community on the University Village Local Area Plan that will guide the future of this key area,” said Duncan mayor Phil Kent.

In conjunction, the Trans-Canada Highway (between Beverly Street and Boys Road) is also being studied to determine how it can be improved with safety and aesthetic options in mind. Further information, including a baseline report for the area, and all comments received to date on the project can be found on North Cowichan’s website under University Village Plan.

Funding for this project has been provided by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI), BC Hydro, the City of Duncan and the Municipality of North Cowichan.

The open house takes place in the gym at Alexander School at 2741 Beverly Street.

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