Downtown Revitalization

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From March 7 to 10, 2016, the City of Courtenay held a series of evenings at the Native Sons Hall to explore visual options for Downtown Courtenay. Illustrators were on-hand to draw the ideas in small working group discussions. Ideas were used to inform the ongoing Downtown Courtenay Revitalization Plan. This series of public meetings is referred to as a "Design Charette".

The community presentation on March 10, 2016 was led by Michael Von Hausen of MVH Urban Planning and Design. Von Hausen has extensive experience in facilitation, downtown planning, and urban design, and is an adjunct professor at the SFU City Program. His recent award-winning downtown plans include City of Penticton and City of Leduc.

March 10, 2016 Presentation Slides [PDF - 8.8 MB]

March 10, 2016 Participant Guide [PDF - 671 KB] 

March 10, 2016 Video of Presentation

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In October 2015, the City of Courtenay launched a downtown revitalization process with several workshops. Downtown merchants, city council, staff, and members of the general public worked together on developing ideas that support a vibrant downtown. The main workshop session was led by Michael Von Hausen of MVH Urban Planning and Design. 

On December 7, 2015, City Council received a staff report on the summary of findings from this initial consultation phase.

Council provided direction to staff to continue to implement a work plan that includes a number of deliverables and consultation opportunities. These include a land economics and market analysis of vacant lands and viability of infill development concepts, illustrated design guidelines, a community design charrette and a community partners action plan.

A design charrette is a consultation method used to visually capture the specific and tangible ideas of participants. The charette will provide an opportunity to refine details of the Downtown Plan.

A copy of the report is available here: 2015 Downtown Forum summary.pdf [PDF - 660 KB]

October 27, 2015 Workshop Presentations

Next Generation, Great Small Downtowns [PDF - 3.8 MB]

10 Success Factors for Small Downtowns [PDF - 6.8 MB]

Media releases: 

February 18, 2016: Downtown Courtenay Dreamers Wanted
December 18, 2015: Looking for Artists for Community Design Workshop
October 14, 2015: Provide Input on a Vision for Downtown Courtenay


City of Courtenay acknowledges the support of the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia