Fredericton’s City Centre Plan Wins National Award

June 21, 2016 - Fredericton’s City Centre Plan, which lays out the foundation for future development in the downtown core, has earned an Award of Merit from the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) in the category of City and Regional Planning.
A joint initiative of Downtown Fredericton Inc. and the City of Fredericton, the plan was prepared by The Planning Partnership. The final draft plan was presented to the City’s Development Committee in February 2015 and will form part of the City’s new Municipal Plan.

“This is great news as we begin our Imagine Fredericton municipal plan review,” said Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien.  “It shows that cutting edge, award winning, national calibre planning can take place right here in Fredericton.  Thanks to everyone involved.”

“Downtown Fredericton is pleased that the Fredericton City Centre Plan has been recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners,” says Bruce McCormack, General Manager of Downtown Fredericton Inc.  “It was a true pleasure to work with The Planning Partnership, who led us to our final draft.  This is truly a community plan, spawned from many public meetings, stakeholder meetings and an engaged steering committee. Now we are eager to continue working with the City of Fredericton to implement the great ideas found in the plan.”

The award recognizes excellence in urban planning, in terms of innovation, impact on the profession, implementation potential and overall presentation. The Fredericton plan introduces policy direction and specific direction regarding buildings, ensuring the City’s downtown can thrive and adapt to changing circumstances while retaining its historic character.
The award will be presented at the CIP national conference in Québec, QC from July 5-8, 2016.  For more information on the award, see the CIP awards news release.  (Link:

Fredericton’s Queen Street was recognized as a Great Street of Canada as part of the Canadian Institute of Planners’ Great Places in Canada program in 2012.