Bus Garage & Qualicum Commons

Bus Garage & Qualicum Commons

Bus Garage Design
The Town of Qualicum Beach owns a parcel of land locally called 'the Bus Garage' . Over the years, this land has been discussed, and its future use envisioned. In 2018 Official Community Plan identified potential uses for the space, after much public consultation. Then in 2019-2020 the Town underwent another thorough consultation process, in conjunction with the Vancouver Island University, to produce a Final Vision Report for the 'Bus Garage' and adjacent Qualicum Commons area.

Key Stages in the Development of the Bus Garage

Below are the key landmarks in the envisioning and future development of the site:

  • 2012 - The Town purchased the “Bus Garage” property from School District 69 for the purpose of developing unique housing options, mixed use commercial and residential space, cultural facilities and/or community amenities.
  • 2011 & 2018 - 2018 Official Community Plan - public consultation and inclusion in OCP
  • 2019-2020 - Consultation Process & Vision Plan- public consultation and Final Vision Report produced.
  • 2020 - Request for Proposal asking for tenders to to "design, develop, own, operate and finance a mixed residential and commercial development"
  • 2021 - Partial sale of land to Naked Naturals - see Media Release and FAQ
  • Feb 2021 - Working Groups formed to discuss how best to engage remaining Town land for amenities and parking.
  • May 2023 - RFP QB Bus Garage and Mobility Study, and awarded to PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc. here

Qualicum Bus Garage / Qualicum Commons Consultation Process

    Public Consultation Overview

    • Site Analysis - September 2019
    • Open House - October 2019
    • Survey - October 2019
    • World Cafe - October 2019
    • Charrette I - November 2019
    • Open House II - March 2020
    • Concept Development - April 2020
    • Open House III - May 2020
    • Final Report - presented to Council with recommendations at the June 24, 2020, Regular Council Meeting and then the July 22, 2020, Committee of the Whole
    • For reports & presentations produced from the process see here
    • Bus Garage and Mobility Study Public Consultation - Fall 2023

    Luke Sales, MCIP, RPP
    Director of Planning
    Ph: 250.752.6921

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