COURTENAY, B.C- The next stage of consultation for transport in Courtenay is getting underway.

The city’s municipal government has been looking for feedback from the public about the development of a master plan for transport in the area, which will include long-term proposals for what could be done to improve transport and movement in Courtenay over the next 20 years.

So far, feedback has come from close to 1000 residents, according to a press release issued by the city this week.

In June, the consultation is moving forward.

“The first phase of consultation in March 2018 focused on capturing transportation issues and challenges faced by citizens and asked for their “Bold Vision” for transportation in Courtenay,” read the release.

“Since March, the project team has developed long-term plans for each mode of transportation, based on technical analysis and informed by the issues, challenges, and big ideas from stakeholders and the public.”

The city will be hosting an open house for the public to review the proposed long term plans for transport in the city, and provide feedback. It’ll take place on June 19, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., in the conference hall of the Florence Filburg Centre.

An online survey will roll out after the open house.

“Courtenay has more than doubled in size over the past 25 years, and as cities grow and change, so do their transportation needs,” read the release.

“A transportation network includes all the ways that people, goods, and services move.  Growing communities with greater diversity demand more transportation choice and people of all ages and abilities need to be able to reach important destinations, by whichever mode they choose.  How people travel around their community, where they travel to and how long it takes, all contribute to how communities plan transportation infrastructure like roads, bike lanes, and sidewalks.”

Residents who have an opinion on transport in the Valley are encouraged to come out to the event.