About the Plan
The Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (DARP), was adopted by Bylaw 5807 on July 8th, 2013. The DARP is a statutory plan authorized by the Municipal Government Act and provides a planning framework and supporting policies that will guide the next 10 years of development in the Downtown. The DARP has been created in accordance with the 2010 Integrated Community Sustainability Plan/Municipal Development Plan (ICSP/MDP) Bylaw 5650 and the vision of the 2007 Heart of Our City Master Plan.
The DARP consists of two distinct parts. The first part provides background information describing the plan area, background analysis, and the factors that have influenced the evolution of Downtown including previous Downtown planning efforts. The second part provides the policy framework, policies and implementation strategies.
The DARP is intended to create a vibrant and walkable downtown where people enjoy working, living, and playing in two major ways:
- by creating a wide range of policy areas including land use, urban design, heritage resource preservation, livability, public realm, traffic circulation and mobility, parking, sustainability, infrastructure renewal and replacement.
- by recommending capital projects for City Council’s consideration of future Capital Improvement Programs (CIP’s). Monitoring and evaluation strategies have been devised as part of the implementation strategy to ensure priority projects are administered and executed.
Consequently, the DARP has become a comprehensive plan. It is our hope that the DARP will assist in creating a vibrant downtown and providing a more positive downtown experience for all downtown users.
What is the Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (DARP)?
The DARP is a statutory plan authorized by the Alberta Municipal Government Act. The purpose of the DARP is to provide a planning framework and supporting policies that will guide the next 10 years of redevelopment in the Downtown in accordance with the 2010 Integrated Community Sustainability Plan/Municipal Development Plan (Bylaw #5650) and the vision of the 2007 Heart of Our City Master Plan.
Key Contact: George Kuhl, RPP, MCIP
Downtown Revitalization Manager