This master plan for the Downtown area of St. Catharines comprising 118 hectares has successfully acted as a catalyst and a framework for the City’s Downtown Revitalization. Utilizing the intensification requirements of the Province of Ontario’s Growth Plan and the City’s need to demonstrate a comprehensive development context for the proposed downtown relocation of Brock University’s School of Fine and Performing Arts, and a new Niagara Centre for the Arts, the Master Plan presents a vision for mixed-use intensification of St. Catharines.
The “main street” vision and new development intensification is set within an integrated “Open Space” network of streetscape improvements and connections to the Twelve Mile Creek Valley recreational system.
The Plan also addressed secondary plan and zoning recommendations; the integration of tourism, recreational, and cultural developments, and a joint economic and planning program to initiate short and long-term projects in the city. The plan has since been implemented as the basis for grant funding applications; the St. Catharines Official Plan Review; the updating of the St. Catharines Downtown Central Area Secondary Plan; and the basis for development of the Brock University and Niagara Centre for the Arts development in the downtown area.