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For the past 15 years Port McNeill has experienced a relatively stable population and level of economic activity. However, the intense growth which has been experienced on the South Island for the past three decades has begun to “move north” in recent years. There is growing water-based use, and tourism and housing development are increasing throughout the communities in the area of the Broughton Archipelago. The lack of available moorage and the attractiveness of the Broughton Archipelago for water-based recreation (and resulting materiel demands) have combined to significantly increase the potential for local economic development and population of Port McNeill over the next few years.

In order to serve this growing demand, and to facilitate the economic growth which it can foster, the Town of Port McNeill has launched a concerted effort to improve the town’s waterfront services, and to improve the quality of life in the community. The spin-off impact of these community improvements can be significant – in terms of economic activity and in terms of community quality of life.

As part of this process, Port McNeill has engaged the development of a long-term Master Plan for the Town’s waterfront areas.

Our work has included:

  • Review of community development priorities and operational requirements;
  • Coordination with various authorities;
  • Development of the Long-Term Master Plan;
  • Design of the new Waterfront;
  • Full Architectural Services for development of public areas, including a new visitors’ service facility and town-centre pavilion.

Cohlmeyer Architecture has worked closely with the Town of Port McNeill, with BC Ferries and with Department of Fisheries and Oceans to reach consensus-based planning and development direction.