Urban design is both visual and practical. People are more likely to visit a site, a neighbourhood, or a city if it looks good and functions well. Using best urban design practices ensures this. Good design makes people happier and calmer. Well-designed sites maintain their value and increase values in their area.

The vision for Thunder Bay is a city that is attractive, accessible, walkable, and resilient. To achieve this, we must use urban design best practices. The City of Thunder Bay has two documents that guide the design of private and public lands. These are the Urban Design Guidelines and the Image Route Guidelines.

Urban Design Guidelines

If you are applying for a planning approval, your drawings should follow these Urban Design Guidelines (24 MB). Planning Services staff will often use them to review the merits of a proposal.

Urban Design for Site Plans Brief

Staff are working on this brief to help people with their Site Plan Control applications. Until the brief is ready, please see the Urban Design Guidelines or Planning Services staff for help.

Image Route Guidelines

These Image Route Guidelines identify key streets in our city called Image Routes. The document describes ways that we can enhance these routes. It also contains a vision for each of the routes:

If you require a PDF in an accessible format, email our Municipal Accessibility Specialist or call 807-625-2240.

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