Downtown Waterfront Master Plan

The City of North Bay, in partnership with a consultant team lead by Brook McIlroy, is undertaking a 10 month study for the North Bay Downtown Waterfront Master Plan. The Study will focus on 4 major tasks:

  • Downtown Waterfront Area Visioning
  • Draft Land-Use and Urban Design Plan; Main Street Streetscape Concept
  • Downtown Waterfront Draft Urban Design Guidelines
  • Implementation; Zoning By-law Amendments

The Land Use and Urban Design Plan will be an overreaching vision and demonstration plan for the Downtown Waterfront, and will coordinate the ongoing Waterfront work with this vision. It will also guide the balancing of area wide design quality with unique elements within it, identify areas to the preserved and changed and serve as a guide for future municipal work.

Anticipated project schedule:

Public consultation will be ongoing throughout the project. We encourage you to become engaged and stay up to date on the project by visiting this project website and by following the City on Facebook and Twitter.

Public Consultation Event #2

There was a great turn out to the public consultation session #2 - your opinions are very valuable and your input into this process is appreciated.

The purpose of the consultation workshop was to gather feedback from the public on design options for the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan and provide direction on the character of Main Street.

There were 3 options presented at the workshop that were developed based on feedback and ideas generated through consultations held throughout the summer, with the public and stakeholders.

Documents from the Public Consultation Event #2

Online Survey

The Online Survey is now closed. Thank you to those who participated. A summary of the feedback will be provided at our next public meeting session in September.

Farmers' Market - August 17

Thank you to everyone who came out to see us at the Farmers' Market on August 17 - we had a great turnout and appreciate your input in the process. A summary of the feedback will be provided at our next public meeting session in September.

Public Consultation Event #1 June 23, 2016

Several key elements that the workshop addressed include:

  1. How to optimize and enhance existing retail patterns
  2. How to harmonize new uses with existing uses
  3. How to improve the pedestrian environment
  4. How to improve existing open spaces and waterfront with better connections
  5. What the program and character of the existing waterfront areas should be
  6. General ‘green’ strategies for the area

Documents from the Public Consultation Event #1




This project is being completed with support from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.


Beverley Hillier
 Manager, Planning Services
 (705) 474-0400 x2403
Kathleen Fralic
 Development Planner/Grant Accessing Program (GAP) Coordinator
 (705) 474-0400 x 2402