Downtown Area Plan

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The City of Castlegar wants to hear your ideas and input to inform our Downtown Area Plan.

At the heart of every community is a vibrant downtown. We’ve all experienced downtowns that we love and want to visit or do business in.

The City’s Downtown Area Plan will create a framework for improving the economic vitality and attractiveness of the City’s downtown core. It will guide growth and future development and establish a vision to encourage and foster the development of a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly and economically resilient downtown core. Developing a Downtown Area Plan is a key objective of the City’s Official Community Plan and is included in the City’s 2019-2023 Strategic Priorities

Downtown Area Plans commonly include topics such as:

  • mixed-use and higher density residential development;
  • strategies to encourage the redevelopment of existing commercial and residential properties;
  • opportunities to better utilize public space for social and cultural activity;
  • tools to encourage and incentivize investment; and
  • directions on streetscapes, gateways, downtown theme, building and property improvements, signage, parking and traffic.

Progress on this project was slowed with the onset of physical distancing requirements and the inability to meaningfully solicit further community feedback. Staff will be working one on one with key community groups over the next month to fill in any identified gaps from the community engagement sessions that were held last fall and winter.

We are hoping that a DRAFT Downtown Area Plan will be available early December 2020.

Thank you to all of those who have participated and contributed to date. We appreciate your feedback.


The City of Castlegar wants to hear your ideas and input to inform our Downtown Area Plan.

At the heart of every community is a vibrant downtown. We’ve all experienced downtowns that we love and want to visit or do business in.

The City’s Downtown Area Plan will create a framework for improving the economic vitality and attractiveness of the City’s downtown core. It will guide growth and future development and establish a vision to encourage and foster the development of a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly and economically resilient downtown core. Developing a Downtown Area Plan is a key objective of the City’s Official Community Plan and is included in the City’s 2019-2023 Strategic Priorities

Downtown Area Plans commonly include topics such as:

  • mixed-use and higher density residential development;
  • strategies to encourage the redevelopment of existing commercial and residential properties;
  • opportunities to better utilize public space for social and cultural activity;
  • tools to encourage and incentivize investment; and
  • directions on streetscapes, gateways, downtown theme, building and property improvements, signage, parking and traffic.

Progress on this project was slowed with the onset of physical distancing requirements and the inability to meaningfully solicit further community feedback. Staff will be working one on one with key community groups over the next month to fill in any identified gaps from the community engagement sessions that were held last fall and winter.

We are hoping that a DRAFT Downtown Area Plan will be available early December 2020.

Thank you to all of those who have participated and contributed to date. We appreciate your feedback.