Down Town Revitalization

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Downtown Revitalization

Downtown revitalization is a priority in the Municipality’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. The community has invested a significant amount of volunteer time and the Municipality has invested a significant amount in projects, programs, services and initiatives in preparation for a refreshed, revitalized downtown area.

Have there been significant stops and starts? Yes. 
Are we ready to try again together as a community? Yes.

Community Engagement Update: Thank you!

Since spring 2019 we have had over 100 one-on-one meetings with stakeholders, community groups and individuals and held 24 public engagement sessions across the region about downtown revitalization. Close to 1,000 residents attended the public engagement sessions with about 1,200 residents having completed a public survey – at the sessions and online – from June 20 through September 30, 2019.

We recognize that some previous downtown development projects were not fully communicated or did not engage the public as well as should have been. We want to make this process as inclusive and open as we can. We always welcome feedback on downtown revitalization there will be further opportunities to weigh in on downtown revitalization. We want to give every opportunity for residents to be heard – this process belongs to you.

We are in the process of compiling the information shared by the community during public engagement and will be communicating these results in the weeks ahead. Your ideas are being used to help capture the community’s current vision for downtown revitalization in Fort McMurray and will help guide recommendations on next steps. 

We appreciate everyone that participated in the meetings and the engagement sessions including the volunteer community ambassadors that helped us engage with the community. Thank you! 

Contact us at downtown@rmwb.ca for an update or for more information.

Public engagement sessions took place on the below dates, times and locations:

When Where Time
Wednesday, June 26 Fort McMurray Urban Market (Jubilee Plaza) 11 am-6 pm
Thursday, June 27  Suncor Community Leisure Centre main concourse (MacDonald Island Park) 4 pm-8 pm
Monday, July 1  Heritage Shipyard at Heritage Park 1 pm-4 pm
Thursday, July 4 Shell Place Baseball Stadium (Moose Jaw Express vs. Fort McMurray Giants) 7 pm-9 pm
Wednesday, July 10   Fort McMurray Urban Market (Jubilee Plaza)     11 am-6 pm
Monday, July 15  Suncor Community Leisure Centre main concourse (MacDonald Island Park) 3 pm-7 pm
Wednesday, July 17 Fort McMurray Urban Market (Jubilee Plaza)    11 am-6 pm
Wednesday, July 24 Fort McMurray Urban Market (Jubilee Plaza)   11 am-6 pm
Monday, July 29   Suncor Community Leisure Centre main concourse  (MacDonald Island Park) 3 pm-7 pm
Wednesday, July 31 Fort McMurray Urban Market (Jubilee Plaza)         11 am-6 pm
Friday, Aug. 9  Seniors Open House (Golden Years Society)   9 am-Noon
Wednesday, Aug. 14  Fort McMurray Urban Market (Jubilee Plaza)    11 am-6 pm
Wednesday, Aug. 21 Fort McMurray Urban Market (Jubilee Plaza) 11 am-6 pm 
Wednesday, Aug. 21 Janvier Open House (Janvier Municipal Office) 6 pm-8 pm
Wednesday, Aug. 28 Fort McMurray Urban Market (Jubilee Plaza)  11 am-6 pm
Wednesday, Aug. 28   Draper Open House (Royal Canadian Legion No. 165)  6 pm-8 pm
Thursday, Aug. 29 Conklin Open House (Conklin Multiplex) 6 pm-8 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 4   Fort Chipewyan Open House (Mamawi Hall)    6 pm-8 pm
Thursday, Sept. 5 Saprae Creek Estates Open House (Vista Ridge All-Seasons Park) 6 pm-8 pm
Monday, Sept. 9 Anzac & Gregoire Lake Estates Open House (Anzac Recreation Centre) 6 pm-8 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 11   Fort McKay Open House (Fort McKay School)    6 pm-8 pm
Friday, Sept. 20 Fall Show & Market (Suncor Community Leisure Centre, MacDonald Island Park) 1 pm-9pm
Saturday, Sept. 21 Fall Show & Market (Suncor Community Leisure Centre, MacDonald Island Park) 10 am-7 pm
Saturday, Sept. 21 Fall Show & Market (Suncor Community Leisure Centre, MacDonald Island Park) 10 am-5 pm  

 

Downtown Revitalization Primer 

Ready to learn more about the Strategic Plan, the readiness to refresh downtown and current construction projects? The links below will take you to the documents that will help our community to develop what’s next for downtown revitalization:


Community Committees

Committees help advise Council on matters that affect the public, giving residents a chance to provide input to decision-makers in local government. The two committees related to downtown revitalization currently being formed are the Wood Buffalo Downtown Revitalization Advisory Committee and the Wood Buffalo Waterfront Advisory Committee.

The Downtown Revitalization Advisory Committee will make recommendations to Council on matters pertaining to downtown revitalization. The committee will include a range of stakeholders and a non-voting Council representative. It will build on information provided by residents and stakeholders during the current downtown revitalization engagement process, as well as previous efforts outlined in the Downtown Readiness Report.

The Waterfront Advisory Committee will make recommendations to Council on matters pertaining to waterfront revitalization. The committee will include a range of stakeholders and a non-voting Council representative. It will build on the recommendations of the successful former Waterfront Steering Committee and information gathered during the current downtown revitalization process.

Applications for these committees recently closed and the selection process is underway. Recommendations on appointees will be presented at a Council meeting in the weeks ahead.

Visit rmwb.ca/boards to for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

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