Downtown Local Area Plan
Thank you to everyone who attended the sessions and gave feedback on the Draft Downtown Local Area Plan open house on November 29th. The draft plan summary information is attached below, including a survey to provide your feedback. We encourage everyone and anyone to review the materials and provide us your thoughts. This will help to shape the final draft of the plan.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The City of Moose Jaw – Planning and Development, along with B&A Planning Group and Intelligent Futures is beginning work on Moose Jaw’s Downtown Local Area Plan. Up until this time, Moose Jaw has had various downtown ideas, plans and/or studies done to achieve a successful revitalization and preservation of its heritage as a part of that success. This Local Area Plan will be the first plan for the downtown that studies and evolves land use, urban design, heritage, transportation, servicing and open space considerations comprehensively such that an implementable vision can be achieved that sustains and enhances Moose Jaw’s downtown.
What is a Local Area Plan?
The Downtown Local Area Plan (the “Downtown LAP”) process will define a vision and conceptual development framework for growth and revitalization of the downtown over time. The Plan will also function as a foundation for the short, medium and long-term action items by way of policies, regulation tools, guidelines and catalyst projects for future development within the downtown area.
The Downtown Local Area Plan boundary area is conceptually defined at the north from Oxford Street and to the south by the CP Rail Tracks. The east boundary is defined by 3 Avenue Northwest and the west boundary by 3 Avenue Northeast. Within the boundary, there is the Heritage Overlay District including Main Street from the CP Rail tracks to Athabasca Street to the north. To view the boundary map and aerial photos click the document link: Boundary Map and Aerial Photo
The project kicked off in April 2016. The project team assessed the downtown area, met with Council, city staff and key stakeholders to get a better understanding of the scope of the community’s challenges, thoughts, experiences and stories of the downtown. The summary of input received will be coming shortly. The background information will be used to prepare for the upcoming “Design Charrette” with the broader community.
Downtown LAP Design Charrette
In order to achieve a dynamic and well-engaged downtown community contribution to the preparation of the Downtown Local Area Plan, the Project Team led a “Design Charrette” process with the community during the week of May 30, 2016.
A “Design Charrette” is a design process where a multidisciplinary team (including residents, business owners, the municipality and design professionals such as architects, engineers, planners and landscape architects) creates a visual plan for an area over the span of several days.
Downtowns are the heart of any city and the character and potential within Moose Jaw’s Downtown is exciting and worthy of a process that engages City departments, the downtown community and other stakeholders in an interactive and dynamic manner. The “charrette” process included the preliminary information gathering/analysis during project start-up and a 5-day Design “Charrette” the week of May 30.
How the Public Was Involved
The community was invited to be a part of the “Design Charrette” process by dropping in to see the teams work in progress at the Downtown Main Street Storefront (338 Main Street North) on Tuesday, May 31 from 7 – 8pm and on Wednesday, June 1 from 7 – 8pm. The public events invite can be viewed below.
The consultant team had design ideas and visuals to share and heard the community’s thoughts about what was being worked on. We appreciated both evenings talking with interested citizens and business owners about the evolving ideas..
With the communities input, the design, planning, heritage, and development projects ideas evolved through the week. The “charrette” week resulted in a Thursday evening presentation event, June 2 at 7 – 8:30pm at the Mae Wilson Theatre (217 Main Street North). The presentation shared a vision and ideas that the community evolved with the Project Team that week. A copy of the Moose Jaw Downtown Local Area Plan is provided below along with a Charrette Presentation Survey to further gather input on the presented vision over the month of June 2016. Please take the time to review the presentation slides and fill out the survey. We look forward to your continued input on the plan.
The Project Team will use the “Design Charrette” work and vision achieved to prepare a Draft Downtown Local Area Plan for further public review and input.
Anticipated Project Timeline
|April 2016||Project Start-Up, Field Trip, Background Information Gathering|
|May 31 – June 2, 2016||“Design Charrette”|
|June 2, 2016||Public Presentation of “Design Charrette” Concept. 7 pm to 8:30 pm at the Mae Wilson Theatre (217 Main Street North)|
|June 2016||Charrette Presentation Public Feedback via Charrette Presentation Survey|
|June – November 2016||Consultants to test the evolved vision and prepare a Draft Downtown Local Area Plan|
|November 2016||Draft Downtown LAP provided to the City, Gathering of Public Input on Draft Downtown LAP|
|Early 2017||Anticipated Council adoption of the Downtown Local Area Plan|