Feb 02

City of Camrose: The Right Place, The Right Time

Posted on February 2, 2018 at 1:52 PM by Sara Walkey

The Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (DARP) continues to meet major milestones as we approach the official launch of the public engagement activities in March. The Downtown Parking and Transportation Study will be finalized by mid-February, and the Retail and Commercial Market Study by the end of February. Both of these documents will provide a decision making framework for the investment and continual development of downtown Camrose.

The City has launched a new video that debuted during the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling hosted right here in Camrose. This provided an opportunity to talk about what makes Camrose such a great place to live and do business. A recent downtown development project (Town Square) was featured as part of the advertisement. For the DARP to be successful we all need to think about how we can continue to build on our strengths to keep the community moving forward.

Nov 20

November 2017 Update

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 2:25 PM by Sara Walkey

Prior to the City’s DARP public engagement kick off in February 2018, the City has hired two consultants to do some preliminary studies that will help inform the direction of the plan in regards to current issues and challenges and future impact.

Downtown Parking and Transportation Study
The City has hired Watt Consulting, a specialized transportation planning and engineering firm from Edmonton. Parking can often be a contentious issue, therefore it is important to understand, through an evidence-based data collection approach, if there are existing parking and transportation issues in the downtown. You may see consultants from Watt out in the downtown observing parking and transportation patterns. This information will be used in conjunction with other data collecting techniques to provide the city with a good understanding of what the Downtown’s current parking and transportation issues, challenges and solutions may be. The information collected by Watt will help city staff provide more applicable policy directives in the new DARP. This study will wrap up at the end of January 2018.

City of Camrose Retail and Commercial Market Study
The City is also currently working with 360 Collective out of Toronto. 360 Collective specializes in understanding a municipality’s retail and commercial market and gaps. This study is a city wide initiative being undertaken by the City’s Economic Development Department. Throughout this study, the consultant will also be looking more specifically at the downtown core. The intent of this study is to help the city better understand where our current retail and commercial markets are at, where the gaps are, where we can grow and potentially what Camrose can attract and retain to either the downtown core or other commercial areas of the city. 360 Collective is also doing a survey to gather information from residents, the survey can be found on our homepage. This study will wrap up at the end of February 2018.

If you have any comments or concerns, please contact the DARP Project Manager- Francisca Karl (City of Camrose Long Range Planner) at fkarl@camrose.ca or at 780.672.4428.