UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan

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The UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan is being developed to support future campus growth, community well-being, and climate action, through strategies that make it more convenient, affordable and sustainable to get to, from and around campus.

Thank you to all those who participated in the November 2020 public consultation. Stay tuned for a summary of what we heard from the community in the coming weeks.

About this Consultation

This consultation is an important input into UBC Okanagan’s Transportation Plan. We want to hear from you about your pre-COVID travel behaviour, preferences and motivators for choosing how you travel to and from campus, so that we can develop the right kinds of strategies, policies and actions for the Transportation Plan. We also want your feedback on the draft Vision and Objectives for guiding the Plan’s strategies.

Learn more through these web pages about why we are developing a Transportation Plan and read about the draft vision and objectives for the Plan. Then, complete the online survey on your pre-COVID travel behaviours to and from campus and provide your comments on the draft vision, objectives and big ideas to shape the Plan. You can also attend a virtual open house. See details below.

Public Consultation

The UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan public consultation was held Nov 3 – 24, 2020. Community members participated through an online survey and virtual public open house.

Online survey:

The online survey was a change for the wider community to submit feedback about their travel behaviour, preferences and motivators for choosing hot to travel to and from campus.

Virtual Open House:

The virtual public open house was held on Nov 17 over Zoom and was a drop-in style event where participants met for a Q&A with UBC staff and the planning project team.

If you have any questions about the public consultation process, contact Aviva Savelson, Senior Manager of Public Engagement, at aviva.savelson@ubc.ca or 604 822 0273.

Overview

Prior to the pandemic, the campus was undergoing significant growth to meet the needs of the university and while many of us are staying home now, the academic needs on campus continue to grow, which will mean future pressures on the transportation system including parking, streets and transit service.

Even though our travel behaviours have changed since the pandemic began, we will once again return to campus. We recognize that the time for action is now. Over the next 6 months, Campus Planning will engage with staff, faculty and students and collaborate with campus and regional stakeholders, including the City of Kelowna and BC Transit to develop a Transportation Plan. The Plan will include transportation targets, strategies, policies and actionable next steps that will position UBC Okanagan for immediate progress and long-term success.

The Transportation Plan will be a key lever in implementing the Campus Plan, which sets out a vision for a vibrant, connected, walkable and sustainable campus. It will also support the implementation of Outlook 2040, that envisions the potential for campus to double in size by 2040 with a cumulative population of up to 20,000 students, faculty and staff and possibly 1 million additional square feet of building space. Additionally, the new Transportation Plan is part of the road map for reducing UBC’s greenhouse gas emissions and a crucial part of addressing UBC’s Climate Emergency Declaration.

The Transportation Plan will also support UBC’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) 2030, by addressing commuting emissions through transportation targets and supportive policies and actions. Strong interest and support from the campus community for more sustainable transportation options, in particular access to better transit, has already surfaced through other campus planning processes as well, such as the Climate Emergency Engagement process.

The Transportation Plan will also align with broader city and regional transportation planning efforts such as:

Engagement Principles

Campus + Community Planning’s consultation processes are guided by Engagement Principles, which ensure clarity and transparency in how we define, design, implement, and conclude public engagement in our community planning processes.