• Ladysmith, BC
  • Town of Ladysmith, in partnership with the Stz’uminus First Nation
DIALOG Services
  • Planning & Urban Design
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The Town of Ladysmith and Stz’uminus First Nation signed an agreement to work together to remediate and redevelop a highly contaminated 50-acre waterfront parcel. DIALOG led a year-long engagement and design process, working in partnership with both communities, to help them navigate this venture. The experience strengthened relationships while establishing a vision, policies, and actions to guide redevelopment of the waterfront. In addition to planning and design, DIALOG also provided public engagement services.

I think this is being seen as beyond a community plan, or a restoration or economic development project – it’s about the future of our communities as one.
Aaron Stone, former mayor – Ladysmith, BC
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It started with a sketch

Exploring with sketches Early sketches were based on participant input, and then tested for technical feasibility.
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The design story 01

Envisioning a brand new waterfront

The new waterfront will be a vibrant ‘people magnet’ that include homes, shops, industry, parks, recreation, and heritage and cultural spaces for both communities.

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The design story 02

Incorporating various elements

The new plan includes a pedestrian bridge over the highway, which will help stitch together the waterfront and Ladysmith’s historic downtown.

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The design story 03

Implementation already underway

Both communities have begun implementation of the plan, including securing funding for the revitalization of the historic machine shop, further transforming it into an arts and heritage hub.