Public Realm Plan envisions new future for ByWard Market

By Dani-elle Dubé, 1310 News, June 20, 2020

After teasing its unveiling in an interview with 1310 NEWS on June 11, Rideau-Vanier councillor Mathieu Fleury has unveiled his ByWard Market Public Realm Plan Recommendations Reports on his website. 

The draft plan was uploaded to the councillor’s website Friday and focuses on establishing a vision for the tourist hub while also providing “guiding principals, a functional plan and conceptual design concepts” to make it happen. 

“I’ve been on this journey since 2012,” Fleury said. “It started with an organization called PPS, or Projects for Public Spaces. They came into our area — the City had funded them in partnership with he BIA and the community association — to give us advice on the ByWard Market. They came up with good ideas but three fundamentals one of which was governance, the other which was zoning and the other beautification.”

Fleury mentioned the plan was supposed to be brought to council in June in an earlier interview with 1310 NEWS last week, however, he said he was going to push back his presentation of the plan until fall due to the city’s financial outlook and risk.

Until then, though, Fleury is looking for public feedback on the plan. Residents wanting to provide feedback have until about the end of June to do so. However, the deadline might be extended depending on how COVID-19 continues to unfold in the city. 

The purpose of the plan, the document says, is to “shift the perception of the Market form a vehicular-oriented space to one where pedestrians come first.”

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