Bayers Lake Business Park Active Transportation Plan

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Hello! Welcome to the project page for the Bayers Lake Business Park Active Transportation Plan. See below for a history of the project to date and how to participate in Round One of public engagement from November 4 through 20, 2020. Scroll for details!


PROJECT BACKGROUND

When Bayers Lake Business Park was opened in the late 1980s, it was meant to act as a traditionally auto-centric industrial park. For this reason, and the lack of active transportation (AT) development requirements at the time, the infrastructure in the park was designed for automobile and large truck travel and did not include facilities for people walking, biking or rolling. In the mid-1990s, big-box retailers such as Costco, Wal-Mart, Kent and others were introduced into the park, transitioning it away from an industrial park and towards a commercial shopping destination. Most recently, offices and services (e.g. Access Nova Scotia) have located in the park, creating more demand for AT facilities so employees can commute to work or travel around the park during the day.

In 2008, a municipal Business Parks Functional Plan was prepared by consultants to identify the existing conditions of the region’s business parks and opportunities and constraints for further development. Some of those issues related to AT include poor connectivity with nearby neighbourhoods, high traffic volumes, and poor communication between park users and the municipality regarding development and planning. The consultants recommended an alternative transportation plan which focuses on bicycle lanes, pedestrian infrastructure and transit access.

Although the municipality has since recognized some of these problems (e.g. the need for sidewalks) and is now building AT infrastructure into new phases of business park development, a large amount of developed land within the park would need infrastructure retrofits to create a safer environment for AT users. This project aims to create a functional plan to help guide the municipality in what AT facilities to consider building as these streets are rehabilitated over the next 10 years.

Considerations will include:

  • How AT users want to travel to, from and within the park;
  • How AT users connect with existing Halifax Transit services; and
  • How proposed AT facilities can improve connectivity between Bayers Lake Business Park and surrounding areas, including but not limited to residential communities (Beechville, Clayton Park West, Fairview), Ragged Lake Business Park and Long Lake Provincial Park.


ROUND ONE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT -- NOVEMBER 4 & 6

Municipal staff will host the first round of public engagement entirely online between November 4 and November 20, 2020, through information panels, an online survey, and two live webinar sessions hosted by the project team (more information below). These initial conversations will discuss how business park users currently travel to, from and through the business park, what types of AT facilities they would prefer to see and more.

Information Panels:

CLICK HERE for round one information panels about more key considerations of this project

Upcoming Live Webinar Sessions:

There will be a short 15-20 minute presentation at the beginning with the opportunity to ask questions to the project team. This webinar does not replace the survey and we encourage you to fill that out if you're able. Please pre-register for the webinar below using a valid email address.

(1) Wednesday, November 4 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. -- click here to register(External link) (disclaimer: external site)

(2) Friday, November 6 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. -- click here to register(External link) (disclaimer: external site)

Online Survey:

Please scroll to the bottom of the page for the online survey that will be open November 4 to November 20.


ROUND TWO PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT (TBD)

Due to the ongoing physical distancing requirements and gathering limits associated with COVID-19, municipal staff will be hosting the second round of public engagement entirely online. Some of the tools available are information panels, a survey, and live webinar sessions hosted by the project team.

This second round of engagement is meant to collect community feedback on the set of conceptual design options the project team has developed for Chain Lake Drive, Horseshoe Lake Drive, Suzie Lake Crescent (older section), and Hobsons Lake Drive (including how to link the newer and older sections) based on feedback from round one. What we hear will help guide the municipality in what AT facilities to consider building as these streets are rehabilitated over the next 10 years. We look forward to hearing your perspectives.

Hello! Welcome to the project page for the Bayers Lake Business Park Active Transportation Plan. See below for a history of the project to date and how to participate in Round One of public engagement from November 4 through 20, 2020. Scroll for details!


PROJECT BACKGROUND

When Bayers Lake Business Park was opened in the late 1980s, it was meant to act as a traditionally auto-centric industrial park. For this reason, and the lack of active transportation (AT) development requirements at the time, the infrastructure in the park was designed for automobile and large truck travel and did not include facilities for people walking, biking or rolling. In the mid-1990s, big-box retailers such as Costco, Wal-Mart, Kent and others were introduced into the park, transitioning it away from an industrial park and towards a commercial shopping destination. Most recently, offices and services (e.g. Access Nova Scotia) have located in the park, creating more demand for AT facilities so employees can commute to work or travel around the park during the day.

In 2008, a municipal Business Parks Functional Plan was prepared by consultants to identify the existing conditions of the region’s business parks and opportunities and constraints for further development. Some of those issues related to AT include poor connectivity with nearby neighbourhoods, high traffic volumes, and poor communication between park users and the municipality regarding development and planning. The consultants recommended an alternative transportation plan which focuses on bicycle lanes, pedestrian infrastructure and transit access.

Although the municipality has since recognized some of these problems (e.g. the need for sidewalks) and is now building AT infrastructure into new phases of business park development, a large amount of developed land within the park would need infrastructure retrofits to create a safer environment for AT users. This project aims to create a functional plan to help guide the municipality in what AT facilities to consider building as these streets are rehabilitated over the next 10 years.

Considerations will include:

  • How AT users want to travel to, from and within the park;
  • How AT users connect with existing Halifax Transit services; and
  • How proposed AT facilities can improve connectivity between Bayers Lake Business Park and surrounding areas, including but not limited to residential communities (Beechville, Clayton Park West, Fairview), Ragged Lake Business Park and Long Lake Provincial Park.


ROUND ONE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT -- NOVEMBER 4 & 6

Municipal staff will host the first round of public engagement entirely online between November 4 and November 20, 2020, through information panels, an online survey, and two live webinar sessions hosted by the project team (more information below). These initial conversations will discuss how business park users currently travel to, from and through the business park, what types of AT facilities they would prefer to see and more.

Information Panels:

CLICK HERE for round one information panels about more key considerations of this project

Upcoming Live Webinar Sessions:

There will be a short 15-20 minute presentation at the beginning with the opportunity to ask questions to the project team. This webinar does not replace the survey and we encourage you to fill that out if you're able. Please pre-register for the webinar below using a valid email address.

(1) Wednesday, November 4 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. -- click here to register(External link) (disclaimer: external site)

(2) Friday, November 6 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. -- click here to register(External link) (disclaimer: external site)

Online Survey:

Please scroll to the bottom of the page for the online survey that will be open November 4 to November 20.


ROUND TWO PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT (TBD)

Due to the ongoing physical distancing requirements and gathering limits associated with COVID-19, municipal staff will be hosting the second round of public engagement entirely online. Some of the tools available are information panels, a survey, and live webinar sessions hosted by the project team.

This second round of engagement is meant to collect community feedback on the set of conceptual design options the project team has developed for Chain Lake Drive, Horseshoe Lake Drive, Suzie Lake Crescent (older section), and Hobsons Lake Drive (including how to link the newer and older sections) based on feedback from round one. What we hear will help guide the municipality in what AT facilities to consider building as these streets are rehabilitated over the next 10 years. We look forward to hearing your perspectives.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Please let us know your feedback by filling out this 5-10 minute survey on your current travel habits and facility preferences too, from and throughout Bayers Lake Business Park.  There are information panels linked here as background to these questions that describe more about the project scope.  

    In accordance with Section 485 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), any personal information collected in this survey will only be used by municipal staff and, if necessary, individuals under a service contract with the Halifax Regional Municipality for purposes relating to active transportation within the Bayers Lake Business Park.  If you have any questions about the collection and use of this personal information, please contact the Access and Privacy Office at 902-490-7460 or accessandprivacy@halifax.ca

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