Railtown Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan

From Plan to Action - Open House!!

When? Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Where? Nelson District Rod & Gun Club, 801 Railway Street

Please join us to explore the next phase in implementing the Railtown Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan!SNAP Photo 1

The Railtown Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan (SNAP) outlines an exciting vision and action plan for the development of Railtown to attract new development and investment to Nelson by:

  • providing better physical and visual connections to the downtown, the waterfront, and adjacent neighbourhoods;
  • providing brownfield and ecological restoration;
  • providing mixed-use and innovative live-work residential/commercial opportunities; and,
  • creating a walkable, livable, compact community that is more sustainable environmentally, socially, and financially.

The SNAP makes recommendations for key projects, partnerships and outlines ‘Big Moves’ to build and gain momentum to kick start development.

The planning process for the Railtown Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan (SNAP) involved hundreds of residents and community members including business and landowners, developers, community groups, architects, as well as the Mayor and Council. The theme focused on Now, Wow, How – What’s great about Railtown NOW? What would it take to make it WOW? And HOW do we get there? The ideas and enthusiasm came out of workshops, open houses, meetings, community surveys, and project webpage. In addition to the community and stakeholder engagement, the development of the Railtown SNAP also included market review and analysis and collaboration between City departments.

The top three ideas proposed by the community include mixed-use development, a multi-use path linking Railtown to the waterfront, and extension of the pathway along Cottonwood Creek from Baker Street to Cottonwood Falls Park. Better pedestrian connections, affordable housing, and restoration of the Creek were also seen as important in the Railtown area.

Implementation of the SNAP began in 2018, with the development of the new Railtown Core Commercial (C4) zone, including the new C4 parcels in the Downtown Parking Area and updating parking regulations. This next phase is expanding the range of permitted uses in the remaining areas, bringing more flexibility and options.

SNAP Photo