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West Sidney Local Area Plan

Thank you to everyone who participated in this project. The West Side Local Area Plan was presented to Council for consideration at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. On September 11, 2017, Council approved the recommendations of the Committee and staff are now moving ahead with next steps associated with this project. The final document is available here.


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The Town of Sidney retained Barefoot Planning of Victoria to develop a Local Area Plan for Sidney’s West Side (see map below). Read below for an overview of this project.

LAP Study area

The purpose of this Local Area Plan (LAP) is to evaluate existing land use and transportation conditions and provide a "road map" to direct future change and investment in the area. The LAP provides a framework that will assist the Town in making capital infrastructure investment decisions and assessing major development proposals to ensure that both private and public investment works to achieve the vision established by the community.         

The goals of the project are to [a] identify options for improving transportation (including walking, cycling, and public transit) to/from and within the area; [b] identify options for adding vibrancy and more ‘people spaces’ to the area; and [c] identify the preferred long-term land use(s) for the area.

Public consultation is central to the local area planning process. Barefoot Planning led a community engagement process that included a Public Ideas Fair, Stakeholder Charrette (workshop), Public Ideas Gallery, and on-going Advisory Working Group meetings. See the Get Involved link for more details about the public consultation process.

The completed LAP is based on public and stakeholder input, contemporary best practices for industrial areas, and neighbourhood planning principles. The resulting recommendations will ensure that the key aspects and distinctive areas of the West side complement each other and create a strong, cohesive identity.