Downtown Waterfront


Department of Planning and Development
General Enquiries
50 Andrew Street South, Suite 300
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 7T5

Phone: 705-325-2622
Fax: 705-329-2670

Linking Orillia's Core to the Water

The revitalization of our waterfront and downtown is a key to Orillia's future success. The City has hired the consulting firm Urban Strategies to assist with the development of a Downtown/Waterfront Revitalization Plan.

The Scope of the Downtown Tomorrow project calls for urban design approaches that will strengthen the links between the downtown and the Lake Couchiching waterfront. The study area has been broken down into two areas. The Primary Focus area, which includes the existing downtown and waterfront areas, will lead to short and medium term action items over the next two to five years. The Secondary Focus area will lead to suggested action items over the longer term, between 10 and 20 years.

The process of developing a Downtown/Waterfront Revitalization plan will involve engaging property owners within the study area, community organizations, municipal committees, and the public. A Design Charrette - public consultation process was held May 1 to May 4 at the Royal Canadian Legion on Mississaga Street.

What happened at the Charrette? - Click here

Part of the goal of the project will be to increase the potential for private investment in both the waterfront and downtown area.

Downtown Tomorrow

Work on the revitalization project commenced in January 2012 and the final report and recommendations was presented to Council Committee on September 24, 2012.

Updates will be posted to this site as the project unfolds.

For more information, contact:

Ian Sugden
Director of Planning and Development
City of Orillia

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