Active Municipal Projects

Engineering Department

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan
  • Solid Waste Management Strategy and Action Plan
  • Haisla Bridge Replacement
  • Minette Bay West Park

Planning Department

  • Downtown Master Plan
  • Strawberry Meadows Neighbourhood Plan

 

Downtown Master Plan

Update: 5 February 2021

Thank you to everyone who has participated to date with the draft Downtown Plan and Design Guidelines. Results of the public engagement events from September 2020 have been summarized and presented to Council in the following documents. 

Public Engagement Summary

Next Steps

Staff continue to update the Downtown Plan and the Design Guidelines following Council's discussion and direction coming from the 4 January 2021 Regular Council Meeting.  This page will be updated as the documents evolve and as some items come forward for implementation.  Many of the items to watch for are highlighted and discussed in the Council Report linked above as Next Steps.  Future planning activities, bylaws, and policy updates may allow for public comments as each topic is brought forward.  Notices will be posted in the usual places as they become available.  

More Information

All comments and questions are welcome .  Specific opportunities for comment and input will be available during public engagement events.  For general questions and inquiries please contact Community Planning and Development at the District office, 270 City Centre, call us at 250-632-8900 or Planning@kitimat.ca.     

 

 Background and Process

District of Kitimat is creating a new vision for development in its downtown core.  A new Downtown Master Plan will update current Downtown Design Guidelines and bring new direction for a vibrant city centre. Project began in 2018 as an update of Kitimat's Downtown Design Guidelines.  Completed in 1994, current guidelines were intended to make downtown Kitimat a lively, functional, accessible, and cohesive pedestrian-oriented place.  

Following the events in 2018, District of Kitimat and consultants from MODUS Planning, Design, and Engagement agreed that a new master plan was appropriate to create new vision and design principles for downtown Kitimat.

Downtown Kitimat

Context

Downtown Kitimat is a 35-hectare mixed-use area in the heart of Kitimat townsite, consisting of three precincts: City Centre, Mountainview Square, and Haisla Centre. Together, these areas form the retail and institutional core of the community, providing a diverse range of commercial and government services—and a mix of housing opportunities—that serve the daily needs of Kitimat and Kitamaat residents.

Kitimat's Official Community Plan (OCP) describes downtown as a fragmented collection of buildings with a strong automobile orientation, spread along a series of pedestrian corridors. Community sentiment suggests that the area could be strengthened through improvements to the pedestrian realm and key focal points as well as form and character of buildings.

Purpose

The new Downtown Master Plan and revised Downtown Design Guidelines will:

  • Refresh the overall vision and design direction for downtown Kitimat
  • Identify and address current challenges
  • Improve the applicability of the Downtown Design Guidelines with the inclusion of greater detail, stronger language and enhanced visual representation of key ideas.
  • Provide clear direction for future development and redevelopment of the downtown.
  • Integrate best practices and select precedents in pedestrian-oriented urban design.

Key Topics

  • What makes a thriving downtown
  • Sustainability (mixed land uses, neighbourhood commercial, residential density, and housing location)
  • Parking
  • Accessibility and mobility
  • Connections to natural park areas and greenways

Key Questions

  • General
    • What opportunities do you see for downtown Kitimat?
    • What challenges do you experience?
    • What are your favourite places?
    • What places do you feel need improvement?
  • What does a vibrant downtown mean to you?
  • How can we make downtown a more liveable, successful, people-friendly place?

Process Timeline

Process timeline

 

 How to Get Involved

All comments and questions are welcome as part of this public engagement process.  Opportunities for comment and input will be available in person during public engagement events or you may also contact Community Planning and Development at the District office, 270 City Centre, call us at 250-632-8900 or Planning@kitimat.ca.     

 September 2020 Engagement

Thank you to everyone who has filled out the online survey regarding the draft Downtown Plan and Design Guidelines.  Survey deadline was at 12 noon on Wednesday, 30 September 2020, and is now closed.  Any outstanding comments may be submitted by email. All comments and surveys will be summarized in a report to Council for consideration.  A summary of results is provided in the Engagement Summary Council Report

Videos

To provide you with more context, listen to Edward Porter from MODUS and Michael Von Hausen, who was involved in the first round of engagement back in April 2018, discuss key points of the Downtown Plan:

 

 

Past Events

 

Council Presentation, 2 March 2020: Big Moves and Design Principles Presentation

At the Regular Meeting of Kitimat Council on Monday, 2 March 2020, consultants from MODUS Planning, Design, and Engagement presented draft "Big Moves", Vision, and Design Principles that will go into the new Downtown Master Plan. Vision and design principles build from ideas and comments collected from the community, Kitimat Council, and staff over the course of this project.  "Big Moves" is a structure plan that brings together results of the downtown parking study, identifies potential places for infill development, and proposes several changes to the pattern of downtown Kitimat.  The structure plan expands on previous design work for Wakashan Avenue and realigns Tsimshian Boulevard to create a "Main Street".  Plan proposes to celebrate entry points to downtown Kitimat, convert excess surface parking into opportunities for infill, enhance pedestrian connections, and reinforce hubs of activity.  

Online Survey - Closed on 18 February 2020

Public Open House at the Kitimat Public Library (23 January 2020)

Open house  in progress

 

Vision and Principles Display Boards 
Vision and Principles Display Boards with Comments

Kitimat Downtown Design Guidelines Update - Workshop and Walking Tour (April 2018)
Presentation

Stay Connected

If you would like to receive emails with updates on this project, please send us an email with "Downtown Master Plan" in the subject line.

All materials to date are available for review at the District of Kitimat reception desk, 270 City Centre, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday excluding statutory holidays. Further inquiries should be directed to District of Kitimat at 250-632-8900.

Resources

The following documents, maps and other resources are intended to provide information and context for this planning process. We will add new resources to the list below as they are developed or collected:

 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan

The District of Kitimat with consultants from Community Energy Association (CEA), is in the process of developing a Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan.  The District is proposing reducing its community greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050.  It is important to note that large industry is not included in this planning, as it is dealt with at a provincial level.  Please refer to the video link below for a detailed overview of this plan. 

View full video on Vimeo

Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan Survey

Thank you to those that took the time to do our survey - Your feedback is important to this process.  If you have any further questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to send them via email or call us at 250-632-8900 ext 2239. 

Those of your that provided your contact information at the beginning of the survey will be included in the draw for one of three Energy Saving Kits provided by Pacific Northern Gas.  Winners will be contacted directly.

 

Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program

Haisla Bridge Replacement

Project Overview

Procurement Update

Haisla Bridge Contract Signing Update - May 4, 2021

More information to come.

Minette Bay West Park

Park Status: Closed and expected to be re-opened in the spring of 2021.

Minette Bay West Park Update: 2020

Work at Minette Bay West Park is ongoing.

The Minette Bay West Concept Plan was a planning and design exercise adopted by Council in September 2017 for 191 hectares of municipal land on the west side of Minette Bay. This site presents a significant opportunity to provide public access to the ocean, which is a key priority for Kitimat Council. 

Solid Waste Management Strategy and Action Plan (SWAP)

Key actionsReducing and diverting landfill waste and associated greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) is a key objective of Council’s Strategic Plan for 2018-2022.

 

The Solid Waste Management Strategy and Action Plan, or SWAP for short, is a document that provides Kitimat with a road map on how to achieve this objective.

 

SWAP was prepared in 2020 with the help of consultants and a Zero Waste Working Group comprised of a broad range of community interests.

 

 

Goals of SWAP

Goals

Why Did We Need A Solid Waste Management Strategy?

The current (2020) solid waste management system in Kitimat is deficient with respect to waste diversion and residual waste management services. 

Residential Curbside Collection System

Unlike many comparable communities in BC that have implemented one-can limits on residential garbage, curbside collection of recyclables, and to a lesser extent yard and/or food waste collection, our current (2020) garbage collection service still allows households to put out up to three containers of garbage and two bags or bundles of yard waste at the curb every week.  Although yard waste is set out separately from garbage, it is still collected in the same truck and deposited in the landfill as garbage. 

Residual Management - Kitimat Landfill

The design and operation of our landfill is decades behind how most other landfills operate in BC.  The site is operated as a natural control (unlined) landfill in accordance with a Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (MOE) permit issued November 1975, and subsequently amended in May 1996 to meet the provisions of the 1993 Landfill Criteria for Municipal Solid Waste. 

Since the introduction of the 1993 Landfill Criteria, most local governments in cooperation with their regional district, have moved towards closing unlined landfills and replacing them with transfer stations and fully engineered, lined regional landfill facilities. This was recently done in the Greater Terrace area. Best practices in landfill operation also include the provision of weigh scales, improved safety by the separation of commercial and self-haul customers, as well as opportunities for recycling. 

In 2016 the MOE updated the 1993 Landfill Criteria to outline new standards and operating procedures to ensure better environmental protection by requiring new landfills and expansion of existing landfills to install liners and leachate collection systems. Our landfill is not in compliance with the 2016 Landfill Criteria. 

What Are The SWAP'S Key Strategies And Actions?

  1. Modernize the residential curbside service by collecting garbage, recyclables, and organics.
  2. Ban the disposal of food waste from large commercial and institutional generators. (Food waste can be sent to the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine's (RDKS's) composting facility near Terrace instead of taking up Kitimat’s landfill space.)
  3. Investigate options to divert clean wood waste to a beneficial end use instead of burning it.
  4. Consider the role of KUTE in Kitimat’s modernized waste management system.
  5. Upgrade the Kitimat landfill to allow for continued disposal of all waste and consider the alternative option of becoming a participant in the RDKS’s Greater Terrace system, (i.e.  Construction of a local transfer system and disposal of garbage at the Forceman Ridge landfill).

What's Next?

In 2021, there will be exciting changes to the residential curbside program!  In the spring, yard waste collection will be added to the service, and in the fall, curbside collection of recycling and food waste will begin.  There will be lots of information published well in advance of these changes, so, stay tuned!

Landfill engineering studies are already underway to assess the cost to upgrade the Kitimat landfill, so that this option may be compared to the option of using the Forceman Ridge landfill (near Terrace) instead.

District of Kitimat staff are engaging with our large food waste generators (like the work camps) regarding how best to roll-out the ban on the disposal of food waste from these operations.  It’s expected that this new policy will also be enacted during 2021.

Strawberry Meadows Neighbourhood Plan

Council has approved the establishment of a Neighbourhood Plan for Strawberry Meadows. Generally, a neighbourhood or a local area plan is a plan prepared for a smaller geographical area within a municipality where there is a need to provide more certainty of what is envisioned in the Official Community Plan (OCP) and outlines how a particular area should grow and change over time. The plans identify long-term policies and short-term actions, and often look beyond their own boundaries to consider the impacts and connections with the surrounding municipality.

Neighbourhood plans generally provide detailed guidance on the location and type of housing, shops, offices, and other types of development and land uses that are foreseen for the area. The plans can also provide guidelines for how future development of private and public space will look and function, by not only addressing land use and urban design issues, but often providing details on the future pedestrian and transportation network, parks and open spaces, community facilities as well as identifying topics and issues that are important to the people who live, work, and visit the area.

Additionally, a neighbourhood plan can:

  • Help residents and businesses identify important issues that need to be addressed, establish a common vision for their neighbourhood and options for achieving neighbourhood goals;
  • Help developers understand the type of development envisioned for the area;
  • Help District staff, community associations, and Council better evaluate the suitability of development applications; and
  • Help identify future capital investment for capital projects and infrastructure (physical and social) needed in the area.

 

Attached is the project outline drafted by staff which summarizes the different project phases and outlines the key deliverables for each phase. Staff are currently in the Pre-Planning Phase, which includes developing an engagement strategy and baseline report for the project. If you would like to be a part of creating the neighbourhood plan, please email, subject line: “Strawberry Meadows Neighbourhood Plan – Involve me!” and you will be added to the list of stakeholders and community members interested in the project. Otherwise, look for updates on the District’s website, social media accounts, and Council Agendas as the plan moves through its 7 Phases.

Proposed Work Plan

proposed work plan

The Community Planning and Development Department will be in touch soon.

 

Thank you for your continued interest in our community. 

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