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Downtown Waterfront Master Plan

Overview

The Downtown Waterfront Master Plan (DWMP) capitalizes on ways to improve connections between the downtown and the waterfront. By reflecting North Bay's Indigenous history in meaningful ways and creating new centres of activity, a vibrant downtown & waterfront can be maintained year round.  

The Downtown Waterfront Master Plan has the potential to provide significant economic benefits. These benefits may include:

  • Attracting new businesses and creating jobs
  • Encouraging private sector investment
  • Positive impacts of construction
  • Expanded opportunities for local residents
  • Increases in tourism
  • New or expanded festivals and events
  • More opportunities for the local film and television industry
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Key Projects

The redevelopment proposed in the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan will be implemented over the long term. It is to be expected that future projects will not precisely follow the concept plan but will evolve to meet the needs of the City and the study area over time.

Individual projects in the plan have been categorized in immediate, short, medium and long term phases. See below for more details on the implementation plan.  

Notable Projects & Initiatives

Immediate (6 -18 months)

Key Projects Project Type  Details Status

Webpage dedicated to the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan

Communication
  • You are currently on dedicated webpage
Complete

Review of Community Improvement Plans

Policy Review
  • Click here for more
Complete
Establish support services for property owners within the core area Communication
  • Designated Downtown ‘Downtown North Bay & Waterfront’ (DIA) City Staff representative
  • Designated Growth Community Improvement Plan City Staff 
Complete

Undertake Parks Plan update to reflect Downtown Waterfront Master Plan

Policy Review
  • Click here for more
Complete

Introduce a new Downtown Waterfront parking strategy

Policy Review
  • Click here for more
Complete 

Create Public Art Policy/Public Art Program

Policy Creation
  • Click here for more
In Progress
Introduce Planning Staff to urban design principles training Other
  • Not identified as a priority
  • Planning Staff has however introduced a detailed 'Façade Improvement Evaluation Method' for Downtown Target Area redevelopments under the Growth Community Improvement Plan (GCIP). Click here for more.    
In Progress

Brand the Downtown Waterfront District with the Downtown Improvement Area (DIA) + improve wayfinding

Communication 
  • Downtown North Bay and Waterfront (DIA) re-branded in 2020 to include ‘Waterfront’ in their marketing materials & logo
  • Wayfinding improvements have not yet been identified as a priority
In Progress
Support private sector downtown renewal projects Policy Review, Communication and Development 
  • GCIP provides support for Downtown Target Area projects. Click here for more
  • The intent is to also support the creation of an 'Innovation Hub', small business incubators and bringing institutional uses Downtown in the future
In Progress
Review existing Site Plan Control By-law w/intention to integrate the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan guidelines Policy Review

 

Not Started

Review policies to make it easier for groups to host activities on publicly owned properties

Policy Review
  • Has been identified as a near future project
Not Started
Review policy/licensing requirements for more retail & food vendors at the downtown & waterfront Policy Review
  • Has been identified as a future project
Not Started

Paint waterfront fixtures from blue to black to match Main St. fixtures

Other   Not Started

 

Short Term (1 to 5 years)

Key Projects Project Type  Details  Status
Begin process for former ‘Kenroc’ site contamination clean-up Development 
  • Land has been sold to private developer and is in the early stages of the re-development process
Complete 

Introduce a minimum of 2 new public art pieces through the Public Art Program/Policy

Culture
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  • A handful of public art pieces have received funding through GCIP - click here for more 
In Progress

Main Street and Ferguson Street re-design & re-construction

Infrastructure
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In Progress
Core area recreation improvements    Recreation
  • 'Rotary Splash Pad' - click here for more
  • 'Multi-Use Recreational Courts' - click here for more
  • 'All-Wheel Park' scheduled for the near future
  • 'Boat-themed' museum playground scheduled for the near future
In Progress

Undertake a Transportation Study to convert Oak Street back to a 2-way street

Study

 

Not Started

Add trail to and through the western pedestrian underpass near the carousel on Memorial Drive

Infrastructure

 

Not Started 

Core area parking lot (if required)

Infrastructure

 

Not Started

Cultural gathering place at the waterfront

Culture

 

Not Started

Medium Term (5 to 10 years)

Key Project  Project Type Details Status
Youth Park, Skate Park, and Tree Grove w/seating Recreation
  • Sites have been selected for an 'All-Wheel Park' and 'Boat-Themed' museum playground
  • A 'Tree Grove' has not been identified as a priority
In Progress
Select partner for Residential and Innovation Hubs Development  In Progress

Cultural Centre celebrating local Indigenous culture + restaurant at the waterfront

Development, Culture

 

Not Started

Construction of new waterfront parking area to accommodate additional activity on the waterfront

Infrastructure

 

Not Started 

 

Long Term (10 to 15 years)

Key Project Project Type  Details Status

Construct Residential and Innovation Hubs

Development 
  • The ‘Residential Hub’[1] lands (Former Kenroc site) have been sold to private developer who is in the early stages of the re-development process.
  • [1] See pages 46 of the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan for more information. 
  • A partner for the Innovation Hub[1] has not been selected.
  • [1] See pages 52 and 53 of the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan for more information.
Not Started

Construct Community Hub

Development 

 

Not Started

Construct new indoor market

Development 

 

Not Started

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Contact
Joel Therrien
Special Project Development Planner
joel.therrien@northbay.ca (705) 474-0400 x.2404