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Downtown Orillia Retail Mix Analysis

In 2012, Council adopted in principle, "Downtown Tomorrow: Linking Orillia's Core to the Water", otherwise known as the Downtown Tomorrow Plan. The Plan sets out a vision for a more vibrant and connected downtown core and waterfront. The study outlined 33 initiatives which would help achieve the seven overall goals of the Plan.

Initiative #14 of the Plan outlines the need to attract specialty retailers, by first completing an inventory of existing retail and available space, then developing a promotional package for targeted retailers.

The City of Orillia, in partnership with the Downtown Orillia Management Board (DMB), are currently moving forward with this initiative by undertaking a Downtown Orillia Retail Mix Analysis. This study will outline which products and services currently exist, while identifying the types of businesses which should be sought through business attraction efforts.

On March 14, 2016, staff released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a project consultant, and in June 2016, UrbanMetrics Inc. were retained to undertake a Retail Mix Analysis.

The study will be presented to Council on December 5, 2016. Concurrently, City staff and community partners can then use that information to target specific businesses, while promoting the financial incentives available through the Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP).

Stay tuned for key dates, milestones, project updates and public engagement opportunities.

For more information, contact Laura Thompson, Manager of Real Estate & Commercial Development, at 705-325-4900 or by email.

Final DRAFT Retail Mix Analysis

Downtown Orillia Retail Mix Analysis - Staff report, dated November 28, 2016.

Downtown Orillia Retail Mix Analysis FINAL DRAFT - November 25, 2016.

Downtown Orillia Retail Mix Presentation to Council - December 5, 2016.

Community Engagement Workshop

A Community Engagement Workshop was held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

Community Engagement Workshop Presentation

Online Survey

Thank you for your interest. The online shopper's survey closed on September 2, 2016.

Thank you for your interest. The business survey closed at noon on September 9, 2016.

 Additional Resources

Map of the Downtown Orillia Retail Mix Analysis Study Area

 

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