DOWNTOWN & MAIN STREET AREA PLAN & URBAN DESIGN HANDBOOK REVIEW

BACKGROUND

The Town of Slave Lake is undertaking an exciting project that will invest in the future planning and development of the Downtown, Main Street and Highway Commercial areas. A detailed review of the Town’s Downtown and Main Street Area Plan (AP) and Downtown and Main Street Urban Design Handbook (UDH) is being undertaken. Since initial adoption of the two documents in 1989, the Downtown and Main Street areas have experienced development growth pressures, competition with a nearby big box commercial development and a wildfire disaster event. In order to respond to current and future development pressures a thorough review of the AP and UDH is critical.

TIMELINE

Review of the Town’s Downtown and Main Street Area Plan (AP) and Downtown and Main Street Urban Design Handbook (UDH) will occur in conjunction throughout the below four phases.

DOWNTOWN & MAIN STREET AREA PLAN

The purpose of the Downtown and Main Street Area Plan (AP) is to provide revitalization goals and objectives for the downtown and main street areas. The current AP, adopted in 1989, has fulfilled its lifecycle and is in need of being updated.

Review of the AP is important in order to ensure that policies reflect current market trends and better provide for future development needs. Involvement of the Community throughout the AP review is crucial for developing the future downtown and main street area vision as well as land use policies.

DOWNTOWN & MAIN STREET URBAN DESIGN HANDBOOK

The purpose of the Downtown and Main Street Urban Design Handbook (UDH) is to establish design criteria for aspects of the public realm and built form within the downtown and main street areas. Adopted in conjunction with the AP in 1989, the UDH requires an update in order to reflect current urban design best practices and expectations.

Part of the review will focus on developing urban design guidelines for improvements to private properties. Additionally, the UDH will be developed in a graphically engaging user-friendly format.

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