Active Municipal Projects

Below is a list of our ongoing municipal projects.

Downtown Master Plan

Update: 30 September 2020

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.  

District of Kitimat and consultants from MODUS Planning, Design and Engagement have created a draft Downtown Plan and Design Guidelines.  Details of the plan are provided in the links below. 

Next Steps

Next in this process is a report to Council summarizing feedback heard throughout this engagement period.  Council will be requested to provide direction for any final changes to the draft Downtown Plan and Design Guidelines, before a final presentation.  Presentation to Council is expected in early November.  Date and time will be confirmed in the Council agenda and on this page when that information is available.

 

Concept drawing for downtown master plan

Plan on a Page
Open House Boards
Draft Downtown Plan and Design Guidelines

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:

 

Open Houses  

Thank you to everyone who attended the open houses.  We are grateful to all who came out and participated.  All comments, whether submitted at the open house or online, will be summarized in a report to Council as we work towards a final plan.  If you took a comment form home, pleased submit your comments online or drop off your form at the District office. 

Public Open House

Wednesday, 23 September 2020, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Riverlodge  (completed)

Virtual Open House

Thursday, 24 September 2020, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Providing Feedback

Due to COVID-19, we encourage feedback to be submitted online through the channels below. Those who choose to attend the in-person Open House will have opportunity to provide feedback using the same form that is provided in the survey.

Send email

Your comments are important to this process.  If you have further comments, questions, or concerns, please send via email or call us at 250-632-8900. 

 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 email us.  A survey is available for online input based on the Draft Downtown Plan and Design Guidelines

Upcoming Events

Public Open House

Wednesday, 23 September 2020, 4:00 – 7:00pm at Riverlodge

Virtual Open House

Thursday, 24 September 2020, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at www.kitimat.ca
Virtual Portal (to be provided prior to the start of the event)

Past Events

Update (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

Take our Survey

Survey

Your feedback is important to this process - Please take the time to fill out our survey.

Following the survey we will be doing a draw for three Energy Saving Kits provided by Pacific Northern Gas.  If you would like to be included in the draw, please fill out the contact information section at the beginning of the survey.

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. 

Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program

Haisla Bridge Replacement

Project Overview

More information to come.

Minette Bay West Park

Work at Minette Bay West Park is not yet complete, however it is open to the public.

Minette Bay West Park Handout

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.

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