The North Bay Waterfront Master Plan Study was commissioned by the City of North Bay in Spring of 2016, and was carried over a 10-month process. North Bay is fortunate in having a large and publicly accessible waterfront in such close proximity to a vibrant downtown. The Downtown Waterfront Master Plan capitalizes on opportunities to forge improved connections between the downtown and the waterfront, to reflect North Bay's Indigenous history in meaningful ways, and to create new centres of activity (both indoors and outdoors) that can maintain a vibrant downtown and waterfront year round.
The Downtown Waterfront Master Plan has the potential to have significant economic benefits. These benefits may include:
The redevelopment proposed in the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan is anticipated to be implemented over a long term implementation process. As such, it is expected that future revitalization 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 recommended in the Master Plan vary drastically in scope and scale. For instance, policy projects can generally be completed more quickly and enable built infrastructure to take place. As a result, individual projects have been categorized within immediate, short, medium and long term phases.