In 2013, the City of Welland embarked on an ambitious plan to completely regenerate and revitalize its downtown core and adjacent health and wellness district. The City’s program includes two main vehicles for revitalization:
Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for the Downtown and Health and Wellness Cluster; and,
City-wide Urban Design Guidelines
The CIP promotes building and property revitalization, reinforces Downtown as a mixed use, transit supportive area, and encourages uses in the Health and Wellness Cluster that build on and strengthen Welland's existing health and wellness uses and resources. The Urban Design Guidelines provide a practical and flexible tool for assessing new development and redevelopment in the City, including the Downtown and the Health and Wellness Area. The City’s Urban Design Guidelines were prepared in parallel to the CIP project – effectively the two projects were undertaken in an integrated fashion.