SNUG COVE

BOWEN ISLAND

COMMUNITY REVIEW OF THE SNUG COVE VILLAGE PLAN (v5)

PUBLIC COMMENTS

RE:

FERRY TRAFFIC AND MARSHALLING ALTERNATIVE

SUBMITTED BY:

Norma Dallas

947-9710

norma_dallas@shaw.ca



SNUG COVE VILLAGE PLAN- 2004

FERRY TRAFFIC AND TERMINAL LOCATION

WHY CENTRALIZE ALL ASPECTS OF FERRY TRAFFIC INTO ONE AREA OF THE COVE?

WHY NOT UTILIZE THE UPPER AND LOWER COVE?

WHY NOT USE THE MUNICIPAL NORTH WHARF FOR A MEANINGFUL PURPOSE?

PLAN EFFECTIVELY FOR THE FUTURE

  1. WHAT DO WE NEED TO PLAN FOR?
  2. HOW WILL THE INCREASE IN THE POPULATION AND THE INCREASE IN TOURISM AFFECT HOW WE DEAL WITH THE INCREASE IN FERRY FOOT PASSENGERS AND VEHICLES IN THIS AREA?
  3. WHERE DO WE BEGIN?

    By reviewing the Official Community Plan that was not done in 2001 as required, the Snug Cove Plan is now attempting to fit within the boundaries of this dated document.

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This conceptual plan is in response to a request for public input into Phase II of the Snug Cove Village Plan - ferry traffic and terminal location. The Snug Cove area under review in this plan includes the area from crossroads of Miller Road and Government Road, down Government Road to the ferry terminal.

Figure 1: Illustrative diagram of Norma Dallas scheme for ferry marshalling
(Click image to enlarge)

Of the three traffic plans presented to the public for consideration to date, I strongly support the south side terminal, Plan 1. However, I recommend that a short-term plan for traffic marshalling be developed within the Cove. The ferry-marshalling portion of this plan will be terminated when the south side terminal is completed. Therefore, the plan I propose for your consideration is a combination of temporary ferry traffic marshalling and permanent Gateway to Bowen Island.

GOALS

ISSUES AND OBJECTIVES

Plans presented for public consideration, so far, have not addressed three important issues:

The plan I am recommending, in conjunction with the Gateway to Bowen Conceptual Plan presented earlier to Council, would attempt to alleviate the following challenges and would meet the following objectives:



SNUG COVE

I. PLANNING FROM THE CROSS-ROADS TO CARDENA ROAD

MARSHALLING AREA

In this plan I am suggesting a very small area of Crippen Park be utilized for vehicle marshalling. The marshalling area could be located close to Government Road but disguised by planting small trees, scrubs and flowers. Marshalling could occupy a designated area that is away from established trails and large trees.

Upon a review of all areas in the Cove, I have identified a location that is overgrown with Alder trees and blackberry bushes. This location is close to the ferry, close to the commercial shops and is suitable for marshalling. The G.V.R.D., in their Snug Cove Integrated Planning-1987 (attached), proposed ferry parking near this location.

MARSHALLING AREA CONFIGURATION

The marshalling area could accommodate more lanes being added as necessary if a semi-circle configuration was used. (See map) This configuration would be suitable for large or small vehicles, the lanes would be numbered much like the ferry terminal system in Horseshoe Bay. Access on the West Side and egress from the East Side of the semi circle. Move the traffic control light that is presently located at the ferry terminal and put it at the exit of the new marshalling area. The Captain of the vessel could have control of this signal light to commence the loading process.

NOTE: The semi circle marshalling lanes would be numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 & later 5. Lane 1 & 2 load first - 3 & 4 next, thus avoiding lane jumping. Ideally, concrete should be avoided in this area.

>VILLAGE SQUARE

To the west of the proposed ferry marshalling is a green area where a small Village Square could be created. A Village Square in an environment with benches, picnic table, swing sets for children to enjoy while waiting for the ferry. To further enhance the Heritage ambience of the Cove, small cottages such as Lilly Hooper's Cottage could be moved and new ones constructed as a pleasant backdrop to the Village Square. These little cottages could be home for small businesses and/or artists.

MOVEMENT OF TRAFFIC

To access the marshalling area, vehicles could proceed down Government Road, turn left from Lane 4. There would be a break in the meridian for that purpose and also a directional sign.

ADVANTAGES

PARKING IN THE COVE

Parking spaces for tourists, including G.V.R.D. Crippen Park visitors, and for Islanders, who desire to shop in the Cove, are totally unsafe and inadequate. Especially in the summer.

As stated in the 1990 Snug Cove Village Plan, Amendment to Part IV of the O.C.P. Bylaw No. 14, Page 22 Commuter Parking Policies:

  1. A commuter parking lot to accommodate 60 cars should be provided immediately. This lot will also function as a visitor parking lot on weekends. It should be located behind the Old General Store (Area 6 on Parks and Road access Plan (Schedule G) or Future Land Use Plan (Schedule E)).

Therefore: The parking that exists beside and behind the Old General Store could be planned more efficiently and effectively. There is a small area adjacent to the west of the west-side parking that has blackberries growing on it that could be used for additional parking. Commuter parking could be planned for elsewhere.

The revitalization of the Cove could begin immediately by providing a few more parking spaces.

THE COST

With the money spent so far on a $20,000.00 study, by McElhanney Consultants, and the 'experiment' by Council last summer, at a cost of approximately $10,000.00, I figure the marshalling area designated in this plan could probably be a better alternative..

The study by McElhanney Consultants suggested 3 options for marshalling for a conservative building cost of:

  1. Option 1 -Loop road through Crippen Park - 3-4 lanes wide. Cost $2.4 million
  2. Option 2 -Government Road parking lot option - 9 lanes wide. Cost $2 million
  3. Option 3 -Government Road status quo

Option 1 - Stops the flow of residential traffic on Cardena Road; puts overflow marshalling on Miller Road and cuts through a beautiful park. Traffic round at the Miller Rd.-Gov. Rd. crossroads and a vehicle turn-around on the lawn in front of the Old General Store. Price Tag- just under two and a half million dollars.

Option 2 - Suggest 9 lanes of 'parking lot' in the middle of the Cove. Traffic Round at the Miller Rd.-Gov. Rd. crossroads and another one at Cardena Road. Passenger drop-off and pick-up near where the washroom/waiting area is now and add a passenger ramp connecting the ferry from the south dock. Additional vehicle waiting along Cardena Rd. Price Tag- Two Million Dollars.

GATEWAYTO BOWEN ISLAND AND THE FERRY TERMINAL

II. PLANNING FROM THE CENOTAPH TO THE FERRY TERMINAL

SHORT TERM AND LONG TERM PLANNING FOR:

All the traffic plans to date try to center all the above mentioned activities in a small area of the Cove near the Cenotaph and on Cardena Road. If this causes chaotic congestion now, envision increased population rates on the Island and the long-term affect these activities will have on such a small area of the Cove.

IN THE SHORT TERM - 2004

MUNICIPAL NORTH WHARF
The Municipal North Wharf is historically the Gateway to Bowen Island. Union Steamships unloaded passengers and cargo on that dock for over 50 years. It was known as the 'Daddy Dock' for 5 decades and should be restored for this purpose. Congestion in the Cove began immediately after the dock was closed last summer. As a matter of fact, it was used so much by traffic, it wore out the decking.

Plans are now underway to spend $300,000.00 of Federal money to upgrade both the north and south wooden wharves. The south wharf is used for access to the Municipal floats so visitors can come to the Bowen Island by boat; for the water taxi and for Emergency Services provided by the water taxi.

So what is the larger structure on the north side of the Cove going to be used for in the future? Has any thought gone into plans for this wharf? Is it going to become a White Elephant with taxpayer money going for its upkeep. How long before the decking has to be replaced again? Wooden planks are expensive. How could revenue be generated? The only plan I am aware of at the present time is to restore ferry passenger pick-up and drop-off and for vehicles using it as a turn-a-round for the end of Government Road. This is unacceptable given the costs associated with this viable resource which could be utilized for multiple uses.

A marine architect should be hired immediately from these Federal funds to draft marine plans incorporated with the Snug Cove Plan.

NOT SO LONG TERM PLANNING - CENOTAPH TO THE FERRY
2004-2005

B.C. FERRIES STATISTICS
Year Passengers Vehicles
1979 151,206 60,850
1986 549,950 221,148
1987 628,059 246,745
1988 681,874 277,678
1989 753,050 331,448
1999 1,115,071 449,905
2002 1,165,078 491,432 *

* Only 8,568 vehicles short of half a million!

COMMENT: B.C. Ferries is taking a hard look at the Bowen Island Ferry Terminal that includes the passenger waiting facility and the washrooms. At the same time they are reviewing the ferry ridership statistics. The capacity of the Queen of Capilano is fast becoming inadequate and the onshore facilities are out-of-date. For safety reasons and to keep the ferry schedule on time, B.C. Ferries are seriously considering constructing a new ramp from the vessel for passengers only. There are two options for the locations of this new ramp. The north wharf or the south wharf. My understanding is that south wharf is preferred at this time. If the Islanders do not have a plan for this area fairly soon, B.C. Ferries will proceed with their plans and once again we will have to live with their decision.

The Municipality should be working more closely with B.C. Ferries and should incorporate them in its planning process now. A Municipality Task Force, Chaired by the Mayor, should be appointed to work with B.C. Ferries to develop a more comprehensive plan for Ferry Marshalling and other issues associated with the Transportation issues.

GOALS SHOULD BE:

To develop a Vision for the entrance to Bowen Island

OBJECTIVES

In order to accomplish the entire objectives listed above, more physical space is required. The additional space could be achieved by combining the north wharf with the Bowen Island Marina conceptual plan attached.

In brief, the conceptual plan creates an area large enough to meet all these Objectives. The North Wharf would be extended northward over the water, the marina water lot, and joined with the marina parking lot. Ideally this whole area could be filled-in so that it would be a permanent area. Alternatively, a structure on pilings could be constructed.

THE EXTENDED SPACE WOULD:

  1. Accommodate the passenger ramp from the ferry to the north wharf by placing extra pilings adjacent to the south side of the north wharf. This can easily be done during the wharf refurbishing planned for this fall. No work on this wharf should begin until we hear from the Marine Architect and the Task Force referred to earlier.
  2. An area to build a heritage style building on the south edge of the wharf, ferry side. If necessary this could be a two-storey building to accommodate the ferry passenger ramp. This should be a multi-purpose building.
    1. Passenger loading and unloading from the ferry.
    2. Washrooms
    3. Waiting area
    4. Visitor Information Center
    5. Historical Displays
    6. Office for the Wharfinger
    7. Depot for Marine Emergencies
  3. Passengers would come out the front door of this building to be picked up by car or to walk to the busses waiting near by. Or they could continue walking over to the lock block wall on the north side of the street, undercover, to Cardena Road.
    Around the building there would be planters with small trees, scrubs and flowers. Seating benches would be placed to take full advantage of the view.
  4. The combined plan would also include a building, also in keeping with the historical nature of the area, in the Bowen Island Marina area. The proposed Bowen Island Marina building would also be multi-purpose - restaurant, washrooms, and laundry facilities with 6 bed-sitting rooms above.

FROM THE WHARF TO THE CENOTAPH

IN CONCLUSION

Ferry marshalling and a ferry terminal should be the central focus point for the Snug Cove Plan. Ferry marshalling and the terminal comprise the working part of this initiative. The Snug Cove Plan is a vision for the future. Without addressing the immediate challenges, this vision cannot evolve.

I am presenting to you a workable plan with alternatives. But to make it possible it must have the involvement and co-operation of B.C. Ferries; G.V.R.D. Parks; the Bowen Island Municipality: the R.C.M.P and the Bowen Island Marina and of course, the approval from the citizens of Bowen Island.

Respectfully submitted by:

Norma A. Dallas

Attached:
[Ed: These were attached to the original letter and may be added to this site later]
G.V.R.D. Snug Cove Integrated Plan - 1987
1990 Snug Cove Plan -Page 22 and Schedule E & G
Bowen Island Marina Concept Plan - 2003