Last week I talked about what we were doing to promote growth in Slave Lake. One of the initiatives is how we support business growth and specifically downtown.
Whenever we plan we have multiple documents, and those documents decide what fits where, and what is allowed and what isn’t. These plans, bylaws and guidelines help our council, our staff and you plan for the future.
Overtime things change, and we need to take a fresh look at the plans, currently in place, and refresh them to make sure the direction we are headed is still the right one. One of those plans is our Downtown and Area Plan. This plan was created in the late 1980’s and is overdue for an update. As such we are looking for some help and input on what the future will look like.
We are currently updating the Downtown and Main Street Area Plan/Urban Design Handbook. The Town is looking to answer several questions, including what should be classified as the downtown? Does it start at Highway 2, or the train tracks? Is it just Main Street? or should it include 2 Ave NW and 3 Ave NE. Should we make streets wide or narrow? Do we allow residential above commercial in the downtown core? Should we keep doing cobblestone, or just do concrete sidewalks. What businesses and uses could be allowed or not allowed? What amenities are we missing? (ie parks, benches, bike racks etc). Do we need more pedestrian movement or less? What could be done to the businesses and buildings to make the downtown open, warm, and inviting?
These are just some of the questions we need answered, so we are reaching out to everyone affected by, or interested in, the Downtown and Main Street Area Plan.
We have hired a consultant that will help collect all the data and put together a final plan. We have put together a committee of business leaders business representatives, and elected officials who will help in this process. We also want you to participate as well.
We are also getting feedback from two business organizations as well, Community Futures and the Chamber of Commerce.
You may be asking how you can help. Well first of all, give us some feedback by completing the quick online survey found here.
If you want to get more involved be sure to stop in at the open house on January 11, 2017 at the Government Center.
Residents can also participate in attending one of the two focus groups which will be held on January 12, 2017. We are looking for a group of people for each session to spend a couple hours with us and give some feedback. If you are interested in being part of either group, or require additional information, email Laurie Skrynyk, our Director of Planning and Development, at Laurie@slavelake.ca
Let her know you would like to participate and we will do our best to fit you into one of these groups.
This project may excite you, or possible you may have very little interest in it. It is important to note though that this helps us guide the future of our community so at the very least, please take the time to fill out the survey. If you’re a business owner or operator, I would encourage you to contact Laurie and get more involved.