B&A Assists Canal Flats with Transformation


It’s an old story that needs a new ending. The sawmill shuts down in a one-industry town, the people leave, the school closes and…you know the rest.

In 2015, the Village of Canal Flats (the Village), located in British Columbia’s Kootenay region, lost a major employer when a large sawmill that was in operation for 100 years permanently closed. With challenge and change comes opportunity and the Village isn’t sitting back and putting up closed signs. On the contrary, this Village of just under 700 people located in a beautiful natural setting of lakes, rivers, and mountains has ambitious plans for a new rebirth and transformation and B&A Planning Group (B&A) will be there to help.

The Village has recently initiated four new projects including major updates to its Official Community Plan (OCP) and Zoning Bylaw. B&A in partnership with 1st Principles Planning will provide leadership and expertise on the OCP and Zoning Bylaw. B&A’s planning, urban design, and engagement team members are excited to help with the Village’s transformation and visioning for the future. The opportunity to align the OCP with the Village’s Zoning Bylaw will ensure strong implementation of the community’s new vision. B&A is also privileged to be assisting with the Village’s Industrial Land Strategy, a complementary project focused on re-envisioning the former sawmill site.

The successful transformation of single industry communities into vibrant, economically resilient places is a significant challenge that involves expertise from many disciplines, including planning, economics, urban design, and engineering. B&A is thrilled to bring our expertise in leading multi-disciplinary teams to assist with this transformation of the Village of Canal Flats.

For more information, check out this article from the Columbia Valley Pioneer:

Canal Flats studies industrial land strategy