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Okotoks Downtown Vitalization

The Town is excited to move forward with the Okotoks Downtown Vitalization project which was approved by Council in 2019. This project aligns with strategic priorities set by Council for 2018-2021 to deliver quality infrastructure to meet community growth needs.  In May 2020, the Town considered completing the underground infrastructure improvements while businesses were closed due to public health orders related to COVID-19.  With the announcement of Alberta’s COVID-19 Relaunch Strategy  in May, and feedback received from the affected businesses and residents about the timing of the project, the decision to complete the utility replacement was re-evaluated.  The project timeline returned to the original schedule with construction completion in fall 2022.  

The Town looks forward to working with you on this to ensure reliable services, create opportunities to improve connectivity, foster economic growth and attract people to downtown!  

Take the survey

Please provide your input on downtown priorities, likes and dislikes by taking the online survey. 

Downtown Vitalization Survey

Your feedback will help identify the design elements that could be incorporated into the streetscape concepts that we will bring back to you for more public engagement.  Thank you for participating!

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Public Participation
Take the Downtown Vitalization survey today!

Please provide your input on downtown priorities, likes and dislikes by taking the online survey. 

Downtown Vitalization Survey

Your feedback will help identify the design elements that could be incorporated into the streetscape concepts that we will bring back to you for more public engagement.  Thank you for participating!

How will the Town engage with the public during this project?

The project has three stages that will require varying degrees of public engagement.

Fall 2020 – Winter 2021

The Town will work with the public to understand the community’s desired look and feel for North Railway Street and Triangle Park. At this stage, rough illustrations and preliminary 3D renderings are used to show initial ideas and potential designs.

Engagement

Initially, the Town will be asking community members and businesses about what priorities should guide the design of the streetscape improvements and upgrades to Triangle Park. Once we understand which priorities are important to community members and businesses, and weigh them with the priorities identified by the Town for the project, the project team will develop two illustrative options for the project corridor and Triangle Park.

We will share these two illustrative options with community members and businesses. At this stage, we will be asking participants to help us understand which illustrative option for North Railway Street and Triangle Park they believe includes the streetscape elements and Triangle Park upgrades that best reflect the design priorities initially identified by community members and Town staff.

How Your Input Will Be Used

The input received during this initial stage will contribute to the list of priorities the Town will use to design the streetscape improvements and upgrades to Triangle Park; and, once the illustrative options are developed, public input will help the Town understand and select which option best reflects these design priorities.

Spring 2021

The Town will use the information collected from the residents, businesses, affected property owners and Town staff to make the selected streetscape design for North Railway Street and Triangle Park work on-the-ground. This step involves the development of detailed drawings that outline how deep utilities, landscape and streetscape components will be built by contractors. When this step is complete, the project is shovel ready.

The Town will be completing the detailed drawings that will make the selected illustrative option come to life. This involves ironing out the details, finalizing measurements, and selecting appropriate materials.

Engagement

The Town will not be seeking input from the community on the detailed design work.  Instead, the Town will be asking affected community members and businesses about the ways that the Town can partner and support the economic vitality of North Railway Street and support business continuity as the construction schedule is contemplated for the following year.

The Town will use the input received from community members and affected businesses to inform the timing of the project construction schedule.

Fall 2021 – Fall 2022

The Town will construct the project, including deep utility replacement, landscaping, and streetscape improvements.

Engagement

The Town will use established communication channels to share construction schedule and promote business activity in the downtown.  

The Town will be informing the public of the upcoming and ongoing construction work.

The Town will be working with affected community members and businesses to address construction-related questions and impacts.

Project Details and Goals
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Upgrading the infrastructure on North Railway Street from McRae Street to Poplar Avenue (click button below to see image of project area) has been a priority for many years. Much of this infrastructure was installed in the 1950s and replacement is required. This project is part of the Town’s regular capital project infrastructure replacement program. 

Project Area Image 1

The scope of the project includes lifecycle replacement of deep utilities (water and wastewater lines) and upgrades to surface infrastructure (roads, curb, gutter, sidewalks, etc.). These necessary upgrades are part of the Town’s ongoing efforts to help improve the downtown, support economic recovery and growth, and ensure that infrastructure is reliable.  

Redeveloping and re-imagining Triangle Park is also part of the project as a way to enhance the connectivity, integration, look and feel of downtown.  By improving pedestrian access and better integrating the streetscape with adjacent businesses, the goal of this project is to stimulate economic growth and attract people to the downtown core. This will be even more important as businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.  This project will also create a more appealing, pedestrian friendly streetscape that better connects this area with the rest of downtown.

The Town will work closely with area businesses, residents and other stakeholders throughout the project to minimize impacts and address any concerns.

Project History

The main objective of the Downtown Vitalization project is to update and enhance services while better integrating this area into the downtown streetscape.  Previous phases of the project have been completed between North Railway and McRae Street since 2001. Click the button below to see graphic of completed phases.

Completed Phases

Need More Information?
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Engineering
For project/construction information, please contact Engineering by calling 403-995-2783 or submit an online inquiry by clicking the button below.  Please put downtown utility replacement project in the subject line.

SUBMIT INQUIRY

Economic Development
For business operations information, please contact Economic Development by calling 403-938-8052 or submit an online inquiry by clicking the button below.  Please put downtown utility replacement project in the subject line.

SUBMIT INQUIRY

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