Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan approved by Council

Aerial Shot Fort McMurray
Aerial Shot Fort McMurray

Council has unanimously voted to approve the Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP).

The vision for the plan is quoted as “The Downtown is an all-seasons, accessible destination that showcases our people, our businesses, our services, and our amenities. Vibrant spaces, inviting storefronts, an accessible waterfront, and unique experiences will welcome residents and visitors to the Downtown in a safe and memorable environment.”

The five policy categories are listed as land use, built form, parks and open spaces, transportation and mobility, as well as heritage, culture, and public art.

The main themes seen within the Land Use category were development nodes, housing, and vacant lots and buildings.

The proposed development nodes would be a civic and business area, a hospital and medical area, an entertainment and large format area, and an educational area.

Built Form themes are exploring downtown design guidelines, safety, and year-round design and use.

Parks and Open Spaces is exploring a trail network through downtown and implementation of more trees.

Transit, parking, accessibility, and a possible festival street will be explored in Transportation and Mobility.

Heritage, Culture, and Public Art will look at expanding local art and traditions into pieces around downtown.

The Wood Buffalo Downtown Revitalization Advisory Committee and Wood Buffalo Development Advisory Committee will now look at discussing the Downtown ARP Action Plan.

Once finalized, council will need to approve items during the deliberations for the 2024 Budget.

The Downtown ARP Action Plan will be presented to council in early 2024.

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