ABOUT THE PROJECT

The City of Cranbrook is undertaking a comprehensive review of downtown initiated by Council’s Strategic Plan 2020-2024. The Strategic Plan identifies the importance of ensuring adequate downtown parking supply for existing and future businesses, while identifying redevelopment opportunities based on infrastructure capacity. The review of the Downtown Plan will feed into the development of a Downtown Revitalization Master Plan.

The project will be broken down into phases and will include aspects like exploring existing constraints, identifying key outcomes and multiple assessments and analysis including an indepth analysis of the Mt Baker RV Resort. Throughout the phases of the project there will be opportunities for the public to take part and get involved and provide valuable input to the
project.

A successful Downtown Revitalization Master plan will be a document that not only showcases and highlights the incredible amenities the downtown currently has to offer, but it will also be a guidebook for future economic diversification, success, and a magnet for innovative economic growth.

WHAT IS A MASTER PLAN?

This long-term planning document is a conceptual layout that guides future growth and development of an area. Analysis, recommendations and proposals for a site’s economy, population, housing, transportation land use and community facilities are all included in this dynamic document. The connection between buildings and the environment along with social considerations is what makes this document come alive. Master Plans play an important role in shaping the urban environment.

What is a Master Plan based on?
  • Public Input
  • Planning Initiatives
  • Existing Development
  • Physical Characteristic
  • Social Conditions
  • Economic Conditions

WHAT DOES DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION LOOK LIKE?

Revitalization doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a step-by-step process that includes immense background research, evaluation of current conditions and carefully crafting realistic visions for the future. When discussion a revitalization on a scale as large as downtown, the regeneration process is critical. Restoring existing charm and what’s been done right while improving and refreshing what needs changing is key.

We’re all enamored by beautiful spaces in design magazines, but beauty must also be purposeful. We’ll be solving existing problems in downtown, testing ideas and gaining insight as we continue to improve a design. Downtown Cranbrook can incorporate additional public spaces that would serve as engaging gathering spots for residents, visitors and professionals working downtown. Increased activity in downtown means a breath of fresh air and revival for the area creating economic opportunity and tourism draws.

PROJECT AND MILESTONE GOALS

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

Public and community engagement provides the opportunity for focused conversations, allowing a structured step-by-step method of leading people through phases of reflection allowing them to process experiences as group. Public engagement allows residents to be heard, provide feedback and inspiration for projects, and stay informed about what’s happening in their community. The Downtown Master Plan Revitalization will have a variety of ways for the public to get involved.

The following engagement events have already taken place:

  • The Stakeholder Advisory Group
  • Lifescape™ WORKSHOP
  • Pop-Up Events

The next opportunity to get involved will be the public Open Houses during a later phase of the project. Stay tuned to this page for updates.

Get Involved!

Provide your feedback on the three Downtown Redevelopment Concepts below:

For a closer look at the concepts, download the visioning document here

Write your feedback in the text box below.

Downtown Revitalization Master Plan Advisory Group Members

Garry Anderson
Ian McCann
Joey Sandberg
Heidi Romich
Kristy Jahn-Smith
Helen Barron

Janice Alpine
Joey Hoechsmann
Sioux Browning
Melanie Fiorentino
Jessica Kazemi

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