Downtown Sydney Urban Core Plan

Downtown Sydney Urban Core Plan

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Urban revitalization

Like many downtown’s in Canada, downtown Sydney is no longer the only focus of retail activity. In the face of decline, CBRM commissioned a downtown study to find ways to rejuvenate downtown through public and private investment. The Urban Core plan lays out a framework for a series of catalytic improvements including reconnecting downtown back to its waterfront, encouraging more residential development in the downtown, redesign of the downtown’s historic Main Street (Charlotte Street) to make it more pedestrian and cycling friendly, converting some of the one-way streets back to safer two-way streets, a signature urban plaza space in the downtown, a series of small parkettes and linear parks, and other downtown programs like a facade incentive program, a downtown branding and signage program, a new parking plan for downtown, a new tax district for downtown and updates to downtown planning policy to make high quality development easier to implement. 

The Urban Core Plan lays out a plan for $10.5m in downtown spending on dozens of improvement projects over the next 5-10 years. The plan also sets a target for 300 new residential units in the downtown over the next 20 years.

STATUS

2017

TYPE

land use planning, environmental planning, urban planning and design.

CLIENT

Cape Breton Regional Municipality

LOCATION

Sydney, Nova Scotia

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Click to see the animated concept for Charlotte Street in Sydney, NS

TRANSPORTATON FLEXIBILITY As part of the revitalization, the master plan seeks to provide expanded transportation options including additional bike lanes and pedestrian friendly areas.

TRANSPORTATON FLEXIBILITY
As part of the revitalization, the master plan seeks to provide expanded transportation options including additional bike lanes and pedestrian friendly areas.

DOWNTOWN SYDNEY Urban Core Plan - Final Report Cover

DOWNTOWN SYDNEY
Urban Core Plan - Final Report Cover

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Streetview 3-sm - Downtown Sydney - credit Fathom Studio - 2017 - IMG.jpg