The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure was looking to address challenges at the Balfour inland ferry terminal to enhance access and improve safety and service for ferry users. The ministry was looking at options that include improving the existing ferry terminal or relocating the ferry terminal to a new site. Challenges and benefits were identified for each option, and the ministry wanted to hear the views of residents and business owners in Balfour and the surrounding area.
Citizens were invited to visit the project website to read the discussion guide and learn more about the process. Submissions could be made by mail and email. In addition, a drop-in information session was held on June 15, 2016 in Nelson, B.C. to provide more detail to the public.
May 24 – October 6, 2016
There were a total of 3,011 participant interactions during the public consultation:
- 300+ people attended the June 15 Open House
- 35 people attended four stakeholder engagement meetings
- 1766 questionnaires were submitted
- 237 unique emails and mail responses submitted
- 673 postcards submitted
Input leads to action:
Following the close of consultation, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure commited to doing further work on the community’s preferred option, which is to retain the terminal at Balfour. The next steps for the ministry are to proceed with further technical studies and environmental analysis.
The public consultation was summarized in a report.