City unveils next step in Nelson downtown Urban Design Strategy

Upcoming public Design Fest events aimed at refining broad array of feedback on vision for downtown core’s next generation

Nelson — Following up on last month’s first stakeholder meeting and community workshop, the City of Nelson is inviting the public to take part in phase two of developing its downtown Urban Design Strategy.

The project is an effort to further enhance Nelson’s outstanding downtown, and when it’s completed it will include strategies for signage, sidewalk patios, lighting, street furniture, bike parking, public art, landscaping and public amenities like electric vehicle charging stations and public washrooms.

“The creation of an Urban Design Strategy is important to the future of our downtown,” says Mayor Deb Kozak. “And we are seeking public input as part of this next phase.”

Two Design Fest events are scheduled:

Design Fest: hands-on community workshop to develop urban design strategies
Saturday, June 18
Adventure Hotel (boardroom)
3:00 to 5:30 pm (pre-registration starts at 2:30 pm)

Design Fest: a presentation of early design ideas for downtown Nelson
Monday, June 20
Capitol Theatre
6:00 to 8:30 pm (pre-registration starts at 5:30 pm)

“Baker Street, Victoria Street and Vernon Street make up the city’s commercial and cultural core,” says Mayor Kozak. “Nelson needs a comprehensive vision and a plan — a road map — to maintain and enhance the downtown district, so that when opportunities arise to make changes, we’re ready with a plan for the public realm.”

Mayor Kozak says an Urban Design Strategy will ensure that Council will be well positioned to invest in enhancements and maintenance over time.

City staff will be rolling out ‘pop-up’ displays throughout the city this summer, for people who want to provide feedback on their vision for Nelson’s downtown.