UVic parkade goes back to the drawing board

Open houses end for university – public reaction is mixed to the five parkade options

Three open houses have come and gone, and now the University of Victoria will decide where and how hundreds more vehicles will park on campus.

The meetings were well-attended, and feedback on the five proposed designs varied, according to Kristi Simpson, UVic’s associate vice-president of campus planning.

“People want to understand what it all means,” she said, referring to such things as the financial implications and location of each of the five designs.

Attendees and community members are invited to submit feedback online at www.uvic.ca/carsa until March 30. The input will then be vetted, and the university will create a detailed design for their final proposal.

Simpson says another round of open houses will come in late April or May, for interested parties to provide further input.

This is the third time UVic has gone to the community with a parkade proposal, after Saanich council twice denied approval to the university, citing such issues as height and location of the parkade, and a lack of meaningful community consultation.

Two area community associations told the News this week they weren’t happy with the new designs.

kslavin@saanichnews.com