Downtown Land Use Vision
The City of Prince George's downtown area witnessed a transition in recent years that aligns with the vision set out in the 2009 Smart Growth on the Ground (SGOG) Downtown Prince George Concept Plan. Some examples of the improvements made as a result of the SGOG's implementation include:
- New features like bike stands, banners and flower baskets, wayfinding kiosk signs, and Heritage Signs and accompanying Library Heritage walking tours.
- Angled parking on 5th Avenue and two-waying of 4th Avenue.
- Construction of new buildings like the Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) and the LEED RCMP Building.
- Improved landscape standards and street trees replacement.
- Events programming such as Summerfest and Coldsnap.
- Downtown Development Design Guidelines and Downtown Revitalisation Incentives Program.
- Enforcement and demolition of derelict sites.
Learn more about the Smart Growth on the Ground Downtown Prince George Concept Plan [PDF]
Downtown Prince George Business Improvement Area
Downtown Prince George (DPG) is a Business Improvement Association approved by City bylaw and in accordance with the Society Act. A local service tax is collected in accordance with the Community Charter within this Business Improvement Area (BIA).
DPG Association Activities and Priorities
- Develop, encourage and promote business in the area.
- To make studies of, and advance any project, plan, or improvement designed to benefit the area.
- Co-operate with and aid any person, body, group, or association in projects designed to benefit the area.
- Encourage, support, and facilitate entertainment, sports and cultural activities within the area in order to further the economic, commercial and social welfare of the downtown core.
- Promote and carry out the purposes of the BIA in matters of common concern and interest.
- Promote (in partnership with other BIA associations) matters of common concern and interest to businesses and property owners in Prince George.
- Bring together businesses and property owners in the area for fulfilling the purposes of the DPG.
- Raise revenue to carry out the purposes of the DPG.
Downtown Prince George BIA Bylaw Renewal Counter-Petition Process
The Downtown Prince George Business Improvement Association (DBIA) is a non-profit Society established in 1999. The DBIA has requested Council proceed to establish a downtown business improvement area for a seven (7) year term from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2025.
At the January 22, 2018 regular council meeting, the proposed "City of Prince George Downtown Business Improvement Area Bylaw No. 8929, 2018" was considered by Council and received first three readings.
The City collects the Business Improvement Area levy as part of annual property taxes and forwards the money to the DBIA. The DBIA uses the funds for various programs and projects that improve and promote the downtown area, including hosting events, marketing and promotions, business development, beautification, as well as advocating with community stakeholders.
The Community Charter provides that proposed Bylaw No. 8929, 2018 will not proceed if, within one month of providing notice, more than one-half of the property owners in the area, representing more than one-half of the value according to the last property assessment, give notice in writing that they object to the establishment of the Downtown Prince George Business Improvement Area (DBIA).
Click the above image to view a map of the proposed DBIA or
download a PDF copy.
Forms and Information
Supporting the DBIA Establishment
Affected property owners who support the proposed DBIA establishment do not need to take any action. The City is conducting a petition against/counter-petition process for the proposed DBIA. Not signing a petition will signal to Council support or non-opposition to the DBIA establishment initiative.
Opposing the DBIA Establishment
Affected property owners who oppose the proposed DBIA establishment may petition against it. Only property owners may petition against the initiative from proceeding. However, tenants who oppose the initiative may write to Council expressing their opinions or concerns. Where a property is owned by more than one person, a majority of the owners must sign the petition for it to be counted in relation to that property.
Petition forms will be mailed out by the City to all property owners within the proposed DBIA boundaries. Completed petitions are to be submitted by mail or in person to City Hall located at:
ATTN: Corporate Office
City of Prince George
1100 Patricia Boulevard
Prince George, BC V2L 3V9
Details on how to submit a completed petition are included in the petition package. Petitions will be mailed on or around January 25, 2018.
The deadline for submitting a petition is 5:00pm on Monday, March 5, 2018.
Petitions or written statements in opposition to the initiative that are received by the City after 5:00pm, March 5 will not be counted. Please ensure sufficient time mailing time for all petitions returning by post in order for it to be received prior to the deadline.
February 2, 2018 - Beginning of the 30-day petition period.
March 5, 2018 - End of the 30-day petition period and deadline to submit petitions by 5:00pm.
March 12, 2018 - Council consideration of the petition process results and, if appropriate, consideration of final reading of the proposed bylaw.
Every seven years, the Downtown Prince George Business Improvement Area Association determines the amount of money required to operate. The Association plans to collect a total of $300,000 in levy money in 2018. This amount is then divided by the total assessed value of all taxable properties (determined by the BC Assessment Authority) in each area to determine the Area Levy rate. Once the Area Levy Rate has been calculated, the collected Annual Levy Payable from each individual property is determined based on that property's assessed value.
To learn more about the bylaw establishment process, contact:
Deanna Wasnik - Manager of Development Services
For more information about the Downtown Prince George Business Area Association:
Downtown Prince George Business Area Association
Visit the DowntownPG website
Downtown Parking & Incentives
Plans and Studies