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City Council Endorses Greater Sudbury Downtown Master Plan and Action Strategy

Released Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012

During last night's meeting, Greater Sudbury City Council endorsed the Vision, Plan and Action Strategy for Downtown Sudbury. City Staff may now begin implementation of 25 "low to no cost" action items within the next 12 months, including the preparation of a detailed 10 year Implementation Plan, that would be brought back to Council for consideration prior to the 2013 Budget.
 
The Master Plan calls for Downtown Sudbury to be the biggest, brightest and best downtown in Northern Ontario.  It paints a compelling picture of how the City and its community partners see the downtown next year, in 10 years and 30 years from now.
 
"An immense amount of hard work, collaboration and imagination has gone into the planning of our downtown's future," City of Greater Sudbury Chief Administrative Officer,  Doug Nadorozny said. "The people of this community have asked us to create a downtown everyone can enjoy. Dedicated City staff, the Community Liaison Group and members of our community have worked together to create a plan that does just that. Now begins the hard work of making it happen."
 
Since presenting the draft Master Plan and Action Strategy to Planning Committee on January 23, 2012, City staff have presented the draft to more than 15 organizations including the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Sudbury BIA, Rotary Club of Sudbury, Rotary Sunrisers, Art Gallery of Sudbury, EarthCare, Rainbow Routes and Sudbury Cyclists Union. The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Sudbury BIA and la Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario have expressed their support for the Master Plan and Action Strategy
 
The Master Plan presents a long term strategy to improve the quality and character of Downtown Sudbury.  The Action Strategy provides a blueprint to begin implementation.
 
The Action Strategy is flexible.  It maps out major projects that could be realized by the City and community over the next decade as opportunities emerge, subject to economic conditions.  These catalytic interventions have the capacity to bring significant spin off benefits for Downtown and the City.
 
To view the new Vision, Plan and Action Strategy developed for Downtown Sudbury, by the City of Greater Sudbury, Greater Sudbury Development Corporation and the community, visit www.greatersudbury.ca search word: downtown master plan strategy.
 
The first year will see the implementation of 25 action items to kick things off. They are as follows:
General:
 
1. City Council should endorse the Master Plan and Action Strategy, prepared in consultation with the community.
 
2. City Staff should prepare an Implementation Plan for City Council's consideration.  This Implementation Plan would focus on the City of Greater Sudbury's downtown revitalization priorities over the next ten years and be brought forward before the next municipal budget.
 
3. City Council may consider and approve the Implementation Plan, referring approved projects to relevant departments for inclusion in their ten-year capital planning processes.
 
4. The City and community should explore the creation of a Downtown Master Plan Implementation Team with the mandate to maintain, build momentum and bring forward priority initiatives identified in this plan.  This team would consist of project stakeholders, city representatives and community partners.
 
5. The City should consider all relevant policy recommendations emanating from this plan in the 5 year review of its Official Plan.  It should also consider all relevant updates to the City's Zoning By-law and Downtown Community Improvement Plan.
 
Activity and Growth:
 
6. The City and Greater Sudbury Development Corporation should begin to explore the opportunities and constraints associated with the Inno-Tech and Multi-Use Destination proposals.
 
7. The City, Greater Sudbury Development Corporation, Downtown Sudbury Business Improvement Area Association and Downtown Village Development Corporation, and others should begin to implement the recommended Retail Strategy.
 
8. The Places des Arts project partners should finalize their functional program and feasibility study.
 
9. The Art Gallery of Sudbury will continue to implement its plans to open the new Franklin Carmichael Art Gallery Downtown.
 
10. The City should continue to work with the Market Square Renewal Advisory Panel to formulate a plan to create a strong and sustainable downtown market.  The City should begin the work necessary to see the new market open for the 2013 season.
 
11. Laurentian University should continue to work the city and its partners to design and initiate construction of the Laurentian School of Architecture so that it is ready to accept its first class of students in the Fall of 2013.
 
12. The City should continue discussions with Cambrian College about how it can help Cambrian grow its downtown presence.
 
13. The Greater Sudbury Public Library Board should explore the viability of building a new Central Library Downtown.
 
14. The City, Laurentian University, Downtown Sudbury Business Improvement Area Association and Downtown Village Development Corporation should meet with current and future residential property owners to discuss current and future housing opportunities Downtown.  The City and Greater Sudbury Development Corporation should examine opportunities to create a residential incentive package for downtown, including liaising with other municipalities who have successfully implemented these types of programs, such as Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Regina, amongst others.
 
15. The Synergy Centre project proponents should undertake an operational and feasibility study.
 
Access and Connectivity:
 
16. The City should continue its discussions with CP around the Larch Street Extension, Elgin Greenway, Riverside Pedestrian Underpass, Nelson Street Bridge, Cedar Street Pedestrian Bridge and Station Plaza projects.
 
17. The City should consider this plan in the Transportation Background Study update, currently underway.  As part of this process, the City, Rainbow Routes, Sustainable Mobility Advisory Panel and Sudbury Cyclists Union should explore immediate actions, such as the painting of sharrows, to improve on-street cycling infrastructure, where appropriate.
 
18. The City should make one municipal parking facility available for overnight parking to support residential growth and test market interest in structured parking solutions for Downtown.
 
19. The City should work with the Downtown Sudbury Business Improvement Area and Downtown Village Development Corporation to develop a phased, multi-year capital plan to upgrade all downtown streetlights.
 
20. The City should consider this plan in the Water Wastewater Master Plan for the City of Greater Sudbury to ensure that there is adequate capacity to serve future growth.
 
Beauty and Pride:

21. The City, Downtown Sudbury Business Improvement Area and Downtown Village Development Corporation should implement the Elm Street Parking Pilot.
 
22. The City should begin the calming of Brady Street, with pedestrian improvements at the intersection of Brady and Minto Street including the installation of zebra stripes and pedestrian countdown timers.
 
23. The City, Rainbow Routes, Downtown Sudbury Business Improvement Area Association and Downtown Village Development Corporation should begin to take the steps necessary to achieve a design and implementation plan for the Elgin Greenway.
 
24. The City should prepare the necessary information to administer a design competition for Tom Davies Square and Memorial Park.
 
25. The City and Heritage Advisory Panel should consider the existing and potential properties with cultural heritage value or interest identified in this plan as part of their mandates.
 
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Media contact:
 
Shannon Dowling, Corporate Communications
City of Greater Sudbury, 705-674-4455 ext. 2539
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