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Downtown Waterfront Master Plan

Project Overview

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:

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

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.  

Completed Projects


Study was commissioned

The Master Plan was commissioned by the City of North Bay in spring of 2016 and was carried over a 10-month process.

Final Draft

The Final draft of the Master Plan was presented to City Council in March of 2017.

Official Plan Amendment

Policies within the City's Official Plan were amended in order to reflect key policy recommendations in the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan.

Zoning By-law Amendment

Zoning By-law was amended to reflect the zoning recommendations within the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan.

Adoption of Plan by City Council

In October of 2019, City Council adopted the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan as a vision for Downtown redevelopment and long-term capital planning.

Key Dates

Monday June 17 2019
Opening of Rotary Splash Pad

The construction of a splash pad was identified as a priority recreation destination through public consultation & a primary recommendation in the Master Plan.

Wednesday September 02 2020
Growth Community Improvement Plan launch

One of the major policy recommendations within the Master Plan was the review of the Community Improvement Plans. From this review, the Growth Community Improvement Plan was created. The Growth Community Improvement Plan provides a vast number of financial incentives within the Downtown Waterfront in order to revitalize and beautify the area.


Beverley Hillier

Manager, Planning & Building Services (705) 474-0400 ext. 2403

Adam Curran

Policy & Business Development Planner, MAAC Staff Liaison (705) 474-0400 ext. 2402

Joel Therrien

Special Project Development Planner (705) 474-0400 ext. 2404