City of Brantford Waterfront Master Plan
To protect and manage the lands along the Grand River within its municipal boundaries, the City of Brantford approved a Waterfront Master Plan in 2010. The recommendations of the Waterfront Mmaster Plan are based on ten pillars, which are:
- Link and enhance natural features systems;
- Protect water quality;
- Protect the integrity of the dyke;
- Value heritage resources;
- Manage naturalized riverside parks and plan for recreation that depends on a waterside location;
- Celebrate and leverage the trails;
- Create and promote the Waterfront Cultural Corridor
- Plan for a Sensitive Urban Interface
- Be a Model for Environmental Stewardship; and
- Plan Based on the Watershed.
The vision of the Master Plan is the “set forth a FRAMEWORK TO PROTECT THE GRAND RIVER AND ITS TRIBUTARIES* as a fundamental public resource for the residents of Brantford. The vision includes the following:
- NATURAL FEATURES will be protected and enhanced and the cultural heritage will be interpreted so that all can understand and appreciate the area’s rich history.
- The TRAILS will be easily identified and accessed, and the network will become a widely recognized destination.
- A diversity of places to ACCESS the water will be offered, providing for a variety of educational, recreational and leisurely activities that celebrate the Grand River and that will engage residents and visitors alike.
- APPROPRIATE DEVELOPMENT on adjacent lands will recognize the significance of these locations; be rooted in best practices in city building; strive for design excellence; and contribute positively to the waterfront and Brantford’s image.
And finally, the WATERFRONT MASTER PLAN WILL INSPIRE ALL RESIDENTS TO EMBRACE THIS VISION FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND BECOME STEWARDS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.
Capitalization is from the Waterfront Master Plan