UVic plans open houses to gather feedback on controversial parkade

Last year, Saanich council twice rejected the university’s plan for a Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA).

The University of Victoria will host three open houses next month to gather “meaningful” public input on a proposed sports facility and parkade.

The public input process will provide neighbours an opportunity to air concerns about the project and related traffic management issues. New design options for the parking garage will also be presented.

Last year, Saanich council twice rejected the university’s plan for a Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA). Both times, Saanich told UVic it needed to do a better job consulting with residents in the area.

Once the university gathers more feedback, a revised design for the parkade will be presented at open houses planned for May.

The first meetings are set for March 8 (Lambrick Park secondary, 4139 Torquay Dr., 5 to 8 p.m.), March 10 (St. Aidan’s United Church, 3703 St. Aidan’s St., noon to 3 p.m.) and March 14 (Queenswood, 2492 Arbutus Rd., 4 to 8 p.m.).

Feedback will also be collected online at uvic.ca/carsa.

kslavin@saanichnews.com