Waterfront East Land Use

In 2012, the City completed the Waterfront East Land Use Plan. Following goals outlined in the City's 2007 Quality of Life Official Community Plan, the Waterfront East Land Use Plan included significant public and stakeholder engagement, and set municipal priorities for future waterfront development to the East of Kwinitsa Station as far as Galloway Rapids Bridge. Many of these goals have now been reached, including the redevelopment of Rushbrook Trail, and the construction of a new marina, public breakwater and kayak launch. 

In 2017, the City undertook an additional waterfront visioning exercise to renew and encourage continued interest and investment in waterfront development. These plans, developed by the Planning Partnership are available, here.

In the sections below, you will find resources relating to the work conducted during the development of the Waterfront East Land Use Plan, as well as reports to council and outcomes of the public consultations. 



Water Front East Land Use: Preliminary Analysis (Nov 5, 2012)
Waterfront East Land Use: Land Use and Theme Analysis (Nov 7, 2012)


Background Information

There are a number of published reports analyzing the waterfront land uses and possibilities for development. Some information may be outdated but a lot of the information remains applicable. The list is not comprehensive and if a reader is aware of another document that should be considered if they could please supply a copy to the city and we will add it to the archive and post it

Kaien Island Trail Study (2009)
Viewing the Industrial Shoreline: A Master Plan for Prince Rupert’s Working Harbour (2007)
Prince Rupert Active Community Strategic and Mobilization Plan (2007)
Central Waterfront Planning Study (1995)
Seal Cove Conceptual Plan (1990)
Cow Bay Viewpoint and Pathway Study (1990)
Cow Bay Development Plan: Implementation Strategy (1986)
Parks and Open Space Study (1985)
Central Waterfront Floating Marina / Tourist Facility Feasability Study (1985)
Development Program Study Seal Cove (1968)
Prince Rupert Harbour Development Survey (1965)


Public Engagement

Since this land use planning exercise involves parts of the community covered/regulated by QLOCP, Zoning Bylaw and Development Permit Area, public consultations are not an option but mandatory. The process was initiated with three Open Houses, one on June 27th and two separate sessions on June 28, 2012. The project team will be conducting interviews with interested groups, interested individuals, and property owners until the end of August. The results of these meetings will be summarized and posted to this web page. 

News Release: Waterfront Planning Open House (June 14, 2012)
Waterfront East Land Use Open House (June 27, 2012)
Real Estate Meeting Notes (July 31, 2012)
Cow Bay Merchants Meeting Notes (July 12, 2012)
Waterfront East Land Use PRPA Input (September 19, 2012)
Cow Bay DPA Design Guidelines Commentary (September 19, 2012)
Waterfront East Land Use Follow Up Meetings (Oct 16, 2012)
Waterfront East Land Use Public Information Meeting (November 7, 2012)


Reports to Council

Waterfront East Land Use Plan Final Report (December 10, 2012)
Report To Council: Water Front East Land Use Plan (December 3, 2012)
Report to Council: Project and Public Consulation Update (July 22, 2012)
Report to Council: Urban Waterfront Plan (January 4, 2012)


Scope of Work

Waterfront Plan has been identified as a priority in the Quality of Life Official Community Plan as well as in Council’s Strategic Plan for 2012. In January of 2012 staff prepared a Report to Council which dealt with the ownership of the waterfront lands in Prince Rupert. 

The report essentially set the sail for the work on the part of Kaien Island where city regulations apply and aided by the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s plans to develop the Atlin Upland properties has created some energy to put ideas into action. Without using a whole lot of planning jargon the scope of the work that is being undertaken includes reviewing the Quality of Life Official Community Plan policies, Zoning Bylaw regulations and Development Permit guidelines are to assess if changes are needed to assure a good and community understanding of future development associated with waterfront.


Study Area Maps

These three maps show the subject area from the Kwinitsa station area on the waterfront heading east to the Seal Cove seaplane base and then on to Galloway Rapids bridge. Each map is designed to show different aspects of the study area. The first map shows the study area, the second map shows ownership and third map shows design considerations. They last map will be updated as new design considerations are identified. One map displays ownership of the lands in the study area, another map shows major infrastructure that exists in the study area. 

Waterfront East Land Use Study Area
Waterfront East Land Use Design Considerations
Waterfront East Land Use Land Ownership