Quesnel Waterfront Plan
In June 2020, the Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) announced 10 winners of its annual Awards for Excellence in Planning. The City of Quesnel and Urban Systems were honoured to receive a PIBC Gold Award for Excellence in Planning Practice for the Quesnel Waterfront Plan, a detailed vision for bringing the community of Quesnel closer to its riverfront spaces through inspired placemaking, cultural storytelling, and inclusive design. Urban was engaged by the City to lead the waterfront planning process, which examined eight kilometres of waterfront in the community’s core in order to develop a 20-year timeline of land use recommendations based on realistic economic development opportunities. The plan was celebrated for its ambition and creativity, which wove the meaningful experiences people can have with water throughout it.