June 9, 2016
City unveils next step in Nelson Downtown Urban Design Strategy
Upcoming public Design Fest events aimed at refining broad array of feedback on vision for
downtown core’s next generation
Nelson — Following up on last month’s first stakeholder meeting and community workshop, the City of
Nelson is inviting the public to take part in Phase Two of the community engagement for the Downtown
Urban Design Strategy.
The project is an effort to further enhance Nelson’s outstanding downtown district, and will include
strategies for the public realm including, signage, sidewalk patios, lighting, street furniture, bike parking,
public art, landscaping and amenities like electric charging stations and public washrooms.
“The creation of an Urban Design Strategy is so important to the future of our downtown,” says Mayor
Deb Kozak. “And we are seeking public input.”
Two Design Fest events are scheduled:
Design Fest: Hands-On Community Workshop to Develop Urban Design Strategies
Saturday, June 18
3:00 to 5:30 pm (pre-registration starts at 2:30 pm)
Design Fest: A Presentation of Early Design Ideas for Downtown Nelson
Monday, June 20
6:00 to 8:30 pm (pre-registration starts at 5:30 pm)
“Baker, Victoria and Vernon streets make up the City’s commercial, cultural and heritage heart,” adds
Mayor Kozak. “And Nelson needs a comprehensive plan and vision — a road map — to maintain and
enhance the downtown district. We also have to be prepared for the upgrade of downtown
infrastructure like water and sewer systems, both of which are nearing the end of their lifespans.”
Mayor Kozak says an Urban Design Strategy will ensure that City Council will be well-positioned to invest
in enhancements and maintenance over time.
The City will be launching a website next week at www.nelsonurbandesign.com.
City staff are also planning a series of pop up displays throughout the city this summer, for people who
want to provide feedback on various strategies for Nelson’s downtown.
Mayor Deb Kozak — 250-352-8236 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Planner, Megan Squires — (250) 352-8221 / email@example.com
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