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Date: April 13, 2012

UVic Releases Findings From CARSA Open Houses

After a series of three open houses on its Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) project, the University of Victoria has released a summary report of the public feedback on the design and location of the centre’s parkade.

“Through this process we received feedback from over 200 participants,” says Kristi Simpson, associate vice-president responsible for campus planning at UVic. “We are pleased with the number of people we heard from and the quality of the input provided. I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to the community for participating in this part of our process.”

The open houses included UVic staff and subject matter experts who were available as resource people to discuss the project with the community. A set of 25 poster boards provided an overview of the features of the CARSA project, key issues and five parkade options.

The open houses were attended by 229 people with 211 providing responses on the parkade options and the factors that UVic should consider in moving toward a preferred design. Feedback was received at the open houses through comment sheets, by mail following the event and through the CARSA website at www.uvic.ca/carsa.

The main findings from the public consultation are:

  • Burying two levels of the parkade received the greatest support overall and across all neighbourhoods
  • Reducing the parkade by two levels received the second greatest level of support
  • Splitting the parkade between lots 2 and 3 received the least support and generated the most opposition
  • Splitting the parkade between parking lots 4 and 3 received almost as little support and generated almost as much opposition
  • Relocating the parkade to parking lot 2 received slightly more opposition than support

Proceeding to the next stage of the consultation, UVic will develop a revised parkade design that reflects the findings of the summary report, and responds to community concerns.

“We are now moving into the next stage of the consultation process,” says Simpson. “We will be hosting four more open houses where people can see a revised plan for the parkade and provide feedback on various concepts for the exterior of the parkade.”

The university embarked on a new consultation process including the open houses in March after community members and the District of Saanich said they wanted to be better informed and involved with discussions on the future CARSA building and parkade.

After the upcoming open houses and feedback from the public, the design will be finalized and an updated development variance permit application will be submitted to Saanich.

The schedule for the second set of open houses is:

Saturday, April 28
St. Aidan’s United Church
3703 St. Aidan’s St.
noon – 3 p.m.

Monday, April 30
Mount Doug Secondary School, multi-purpose room
3970 Gordon Head Rd.
5 – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1
UVic Student Union Building, Michele Pujol room,
University of Victoria
11am – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, May 2
Cadboro Bay United Church
2625 Arbutus Rd.
4 – 7 p.m.

To view the summary report visit UVic’s CARSA website at www.uvic.ca/carsa

The revised design and a related feedback form will also be available on the website in time for the April 28 open house.

Media contacts:

Denise Helm (Uvic Communications) at 250-721-7656 or dhelm@uvic.ca

Kristi Simpson, associate vice-president responsible for campus planning at UVic, is available April 13 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please call Denise Helm to arrange an interview.

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