Downtown Victoria plan gains kudos

City plan an excellent example of downtown management that gets results, official says

The City of Victoria’s downtown plan has received international recognition by the International Downtown Association.

Approved in 2011, the downtown core-area plan provides guidance for growth and development over the next 30 years, with a stated goal of fostering a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly and economically resilient downtown. Highlights of the plan include incentives for seismic upgrades, support for mixed-use buildings and guidelines for a rapid transit system along Douglas Street.

The merit award was given in Minneapolis Sept. 29.

“Each year the jury for the IDA Awards recognizes organizations that utilize best practices in our industry,” said David Downey, IDA president and CEO.  “Victoria’s Downtown Core Area Plan is a shining example of excellent downtown management that delivers real results.”

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