The study area boundary is Main Street to the west, Prior and Venables streets to the north, Clark Drive to the east, and Great Northern Way to the south.
How we'll plan and engage with you
During the entire planning process, we'll seek your input online and consult with an advisory group representing the diverse stakeholders in the Flats.
Phase 1: Framework and principles (3 months)
Following up on the business survey we conducted, we'll hold a launch event and workshops to help us understand and analyze key issues of the Flats.
Phase 2: Emerging directions (4 months)
Next, we'll hold workshops and an open house, and staff an onsite office, to help us create proposals and strategies for the area's future. These will form the plan's emerging directions.
Phase 3: Draft directions (5 months)
We'll host an event about the plan's emerging directions, prepare the draft plan, and refine the proposals to reflect the priorities and actions to take.
Phase 4: Final plan (4 months)
We'll hold another open house to consult with you, and present the final plan to City Council for adoption. After, we'll begin implementing the plan's strategies.
Our guiding principles
- Retain and intensify "back of house" industrial functions.
- Increase job capacity, with a focus on green jobs and economy.
- Ensure that food security and the food economy continue to have a strong presence in the Flats.
- Create and foster a unique sense of identity.
- Plan for the long-term presence of rail.
- Celebrate and enhance arts and culture.
- Recognize the historic importance of the area.
- Identify opportunities to create new and enhanced public gathering spaces.
- Seek creative and temporary uses for underutilized land.
- Improve traffic circulation by introducing new streets and connections for people walking and cycling.
- Maintain an efficient network of arterial streets essential for goods movement.
- Consult the public and all stakeholders in a meaningful way.