Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan

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Our Core. Our Services. Our Destination.

The Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) will provide a roadmap for the revitalization and development of downtown Fort McMurray.

The main goal is to create spaces that will be used and enjoyed by residents of the entire region.

Every policy, initiative, design and recommendation is intended to establish the downtown as a community-focused environment that people can play, work, live and invest in.

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Our Core. Our Services. Our Destination.

The Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) will provide a roadmap for the revitalization and development of downtown Fort McMurray.

The main goal is to create spaces that will be used and enjoyed by residents of the entire region.

Every policy, initiative, design and recommendation is intended to establish the downtown as a community-focused environment that people can play, work, live and invest in.

To stay up-to-date with this project subscribe to the page.

Thank you to those who participated in this engagement. You can learn more about this project below, or subscribe to Participate Wood Buffalo to stay connected (or get involved) with future engagement projects impacting our region.

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    The parking for Jubilee building employees downtown (both Municipal and Provincial) is challenging at best during normal work conditions. I understand that the parking lot on Main Street across from Jubilee building that is currently being utilized for Municipal employee parking and downtown visitor parking will be repurposed for a park. With this parking lot being removed there will be insufficient parking for the Jubilee building employees and many downtown businesses when normal operations resume. What is the plan to address this parking requirement?

    Christine Arnold asked almost 2 years ago

    Yes, the future location of the Franklin and Main Park is currently used to support downtown parking. For this reason, Administration is working on a short- and long-term plan for parking that will support residents working in the downtown, including employees who work in Jubilee Centre and the provincial building.  

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    Hi! Where the park is going across from the provincial building, in that area across the street, what is the plan for employee parking for those who work in the Jubilee Building and Provincial Building?

    June asked almost 2 years ago

    Yes, the future location of the Franklin and Main Park is currently used to support downtown parking. For this reason, Administration is working on a short- and long-term plan for parking that will support residents working in the downtown, including employees who work in Jubilee Centre and the provincial building.  


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    Where is the parking that is currently available going to come from? There is already a shortfall of parking available and where are people supposed to park.

    Helen asked almost 2 years ago

    Our downtown has many areas used as parking lots to serve its businesses and services. Existing commercial and entertainment activities, like shopping, eating out at restaurants, recreation and attending events, have sufficient parking on site to handle the volume of parking required. 

    To address future parking concerns, before any new development is approved, it will need to ensure it plans for enough parking to handle its proposed uses (as per the Land Use Bylaw).

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    With such a large footprint area designated for Downtown Revitalization, how can we ensure that our investments are not excessively diluted? Are there benefits to focusing limited resources on a more narrow front to maximize the attractiveness of a high-quality Downtown destination?

    Mark asked about 2 years ago

    The Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan will be accompanied with an action plan. This action plan will provide short-, medium- and longer-term actions to ensure that all revitalization efforts are occurring in a methodological manner to ensure the best use of resources that provide the greatest impact. In addition, other municipal capital projects will be considered in the action plan to avoid the potential duplication of revitalization work in the downtown.

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    Will the project have a barrier free universal accessibility design?

    asked almost 2 years ago

    The downtown in intended to be a destination for all residents of the region. For this reason, the plan will be proposing that the downtown incorporate Universal Design principles. These principles will take into consideration that future streetscape designs should be easily accessible by residents of all ages and mobility levels. Where appropriate, the plan will also strive to ensure that current streetscape elements are retrofitted.

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    Why is Keyano Theatre & Heritage Park not part of the Arts & Entertainment Area? And shouldn't the court house be in the Civic Area? Could the Civic, Arts & Entertainment Area be reevaluated and potentially divided into 2 different areas?

    almost 2 years ago

    Each of the four focus areas have been developed based on the general concentration and future intent of uses in each area. The areas were created carefully to ensure that they provide guidance for future development without restricting what type of development could occur broadly in the downtown. 

    The Civic, Arts & Entertainment focus area has been identified based on multiple factors. For example, this area of the downtown has the largest concentration of hotels, restaurants and civic uses, which provides an opportunity for future arts-related development, like the proposed Franklin + Main Park. 

    While an arts- or entertainment-related development would be encouraged in the Civic, Arts and Entertainment focus area, the Municipality would also consider this type of development in other areas of the downtown.

    Even though Keyano College and Heritage Village are not identified within the Civic, Arts & Entertainment focus area, they are important to the cultural fabric of the region and downtown. It should be noted that Keyano College is captured in the Production and Innovation focus area, which is more aligned with the type of activities that take place within Keyano College on a daily basis.