Planning Initiatives

Canal District

The Canal District  is the City of Savannah’s premier planning and development initiative. Anchored by the new SPLOST-funded arena, the Canal District is located on the west side of Savannah near the intersection of Gwinnet Street and Stiles Avenue. The arena and surrounding district will be one of the largest projects the City has ever undertaken and presents the opportunity to create a vibrant new center of activity adjacent to Savannah’s downtown

The City conducted a listening workshop on August 22, 2019 to present preliminary plans and hear feedback from the community. A visioning workshop followed on September 14th, which included draft plan principles and priorities. A plan workshop on October 10th, "District Connections: Water and People" looked specifically at drainage issues. A November 7th, 2019 presentation provided a more comprehensive set of master plan recommendations. 

During Council Workshop held on April 23, 2020, the Canal District Master Plan and accompanying Action Playbook was presented to Mayor and Aldermen. To watch the full presentation, please click HERE

The City is inviting the public to learn about the Canal District Master Plan by registering for one of three virtual meetings:

Wednesday, July 1, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, July 7, 6 p.m.

Thursday, July 16, 10 a.m.

The Metropolitan Planning Commission also launched an online survey to gather feedback and comments on the proposed development. To participate in the survey, visit and select the “Input on Savannah’s New Arena and Canal District Master Plan” link on the homepage. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete.

If you are unable to attend one of these virtual meetings, please call 912-429-3364 or email us for additional information on how to learn more about the Canal District Master Plan.


Downtown Streetscape Improvement Initiative

In 2014, the City launched the Downtown Streetscape Improvement Initiative to build on previous planning efforts to revitalize downtown Savannah and create an environment that contributes to its livability and economic vitality.

ULI Study

In October 2018 the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a nonprofit research and education group, convened a technical assistance panel to assess the highest and best uses for the Civic Center site. The site represents a "unique and significant redevelopment opportunity with the National Historic Landmark District." The group conducted numerous site visits and stakeholder interviews. It published its report, "Savannah Civic Center Redevelopment" in late 2018.