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Downtown Development



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btnFeb.gif Development of a downtown core is established as a Council priority
btnNov.gif Public meeting held to seek input on a location for Downtown
December 2015 Link.gif Council Approves Main Street Downtown Location
btnMar.gif Open House and Public Meeting for Downtown Official Plan Amendment
btnApr.gif Request for Proposals (RFP) for Consulting Services issued
btnMay.gif Council adopts Official Plan Amendment (OPA) No. 42 - Special Policy Area
btnJun.gif FORREC Ltd. awarded contract to lead the development of the Master Plan
btnAug.gif Discovery Workshop - Public Meetings and Open Hours
btnSept.gif Downtown Master Plan Steering Committee was appointed by Council
btnSept.gif Design Workshop - Public Meetings and Open Hours


The Town of Wasaga Beach is moving forward with the creation of a Downtown Master Plan that will guide public and private investment in Downtown Wasaga Beach.

A multidisciplinary team, led by FORREC Ltd., has been retained to assist the Town with the creation of the plan. The team consists of international experts in the fields of urban design, architecture, master planning, economics (retail, commercial, residential, institutional), engineering, real estate development and hospitality. 

The public engagement process will provide the public and stakeholders with a number of avenues to provide valued input. As part of the process, the Town will be hosting the following three workshops (also known as Charrettes), where everyone will have an opportunity to participate. Each workshop will include public meetings, stakeholder interviews and open hours for the public to drop in to work with the team and provide feedback.

Discover, Design, Document 


The development of the Downtown Master Plan will be an intensive consultation process where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision through public meetings, stakeholder engagement sessions, one on one interviews with key influencers and an open forum for discussing ideas with short feedback loops. The consultants will be working onsite, collaborating with participants while drafting drawings and designs that will be reflected in the Master Plan. This allows for concepts and ideas to be immediately tested, ensuring that viable feedback is accurately reflected and incorporated into the plan. These workshops will be held at three intervals throughout the planning process.

Meet the Team

FORREC Ltd. is an entertainment design company that specializes in the creation of places of escape and destinations of distinction. Their creative house leads in the design of theme parks, water parks, retail and mixed-use developments, resorts and visitor attractions globally. FORREC Ltd. has a keen understanding of the strategies required to attract and entertain large numbers of people. Their creativity, proven master planning experiences and design skills enable them to approach projects from an unconventional perspective, which opens the door to new possibilities. They merge design creativity with fiscal practicality which has made them a trusted firm by some of the world’s most successful brands. Based in Toronto, FORREC Ltd. has built projects in 20 countries, with a history that spans 30 years including Universal Studios, Muskoka Warf, Downtown Markham Master Plan and The Villages in Florida.


CBRE is the world’s largest real estate services provider, with preeminent leadership positions in virtually all key business centres globally. With the acquisition of PFK Consulting Inc., CBRE now has the only proprietary data base on the accommodation industry in Canada. The CBRE Tourism & Leisure Group has over 30 years of experience working with Canada’s tourism and leisure sector serving clients who represent private investment interests, municipalities, government agencies, non-profit organizations and indigenous groups.


Toole Design Group is a global leader in planning, engineering and landscape architecture firm specializing in bicycle and pedestrian transportation. Their focus is developing creative yet practical solutions that move people more efficiently, while improving the quality of life of the community.


N. Barry Lyon Consultants Limited is a leading multi-disciplinary real estate consulting firm specializing in market research, urban planning, financial analysis and development management.


 J.C. Williams Group is a firm that specializes in retail market research, real estate, mixed-use development, recruitment/leasing, and urban revitalization projects. The also specialize in retail in cultural attractions, libraries and other non-traditional areas.

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