The Town of Sidney’s West Side area is an isolated wedge of land, bounded by the Victoria International Airport, the District of North Saanich, and Highway 17, which act to separate the area from the rest of Sidney. Within this primarily industrial district, roughly 130 single family homes sit immediately adjacent to a range of industrial business activity. Despite being Sidney’s main employment hub, the area is also defined by: (a) a lack of capital investment in the public realm; (b) a lack of workforce-oriented housing; and (c) a neglected transportation network. As a result, a significant number of West Side employees commute long distances, and workers and residents lack sidewalks, safe crossings to downtown, and public transit, resulting in an auto-centric environment.
In collaboration with Barefoot Planning, our team produced the Sidney West Side Local Area Plan, a plan focused on prioritizing investment that is needed to: (a) improve streets, with a focus on the active transportation network and integrated stormwater infrastructure; (b) accommodate both industrial and residential users in a harmonious way, while better integrating the area with Sidney proper; and (c) attract and retain employment-intensive industrial businesses, while responding to the overwhelming demand for attainable housing in the region. WATT’s role was specifically redesigning the area’s transportation network & streetscape to advance pedestrian and cycling options while integrating stormwater management features. Opportunities were also identified to improve transit connectivity and service from the plan area to downtown Sidney.
The full plan is available online at: West Sidney Local Area Plan