Civic engagement surrounding how the community envisions itself after major industrial development occurs is of critical importance. During this 18-month engagement process, topics such as housing, downtown revitalization, recreation, waterfront access, economic development, trail networks and more will be discussed. It is the goal of City Council to create a process to build a culture of civic participation in our city. In 2016, the City of Prince Rupert will actively contribute and participate in the Re:Design Rupert initiative to be led by the Community Development Institute, based at the University of Northern B.C, which includes participation from a wide range of local partner organizations.
The underpinning of community engagement will be based on the Planning for Major Projects baseline data which includes the data collected from the 2015 Go Plan surveys. The goal from here is to develop community-driven public policies relating to land use, recreation and socioeconomics.
In Fall/Winter of 2016, the City contracted a design firm to conduct a public engagement to reimagine the City's downtown and waterfront. The final 17-foot long map was revealed in February of 2017, providing a vision of the future development of shared public areas. Some of the map’s highlights are the development of a ‘waterfont village’ and park space at Seal Cove, a ‘festival square’ in front of and adjacent to City Hall, improved pedestrian access and view corridors between downtown and the waterfront, and the creation of a new waterfront landing in the Kwinitsa area – including a potential new airport ferry dock. Over their 4-day intensive process to create the designs the 4-person design team, led by the Planning Partnership, held over 20 meetings, including three public presentations. A presentation of the designs and a graphic of the 17 foot map are linked below.