Jones Petrie Rafinski, in association with Sturtz Public Management worked with the Town of Walkerton to develop the Downtown Redevelopment Masterplan.
The Redevelopment Plan provides the framework for creating a unique and solid foundation for downtown revitalization and growth. The town’s major strengths and weaknesses were analyzed and considered as part of the overall plan.
The characteristics of this master plan were developed through deliberate conversations between the residents of Walkerton, area stakeholders, and the Planning Committee. The planning process identifies four key components including:
Who are we?
What do we want?
What can we do?
How can we do it?
The plan proposes a set of principles and recommendations that will build on the cooperation and leadership developed within the planning process. Recommendations regarding policy, market, social and cultural initiatives are included as well as physical improvements such as streetscape and development opportunities. The implementation process identifies recommended steps toward development, funding strategies, and phasing.
A market analysis was performed with a focus of retail and economic development. These findings were used by the planning team to inform the process and help develop recommendations and strategies.