At the heart of framework lies the comprehensive vision for Dieppe Bay. The urban design proposal indicates an expansion and consolidation of the existing delicate urban structure. It is the intention of the plan to guide development and land use that will respect the scale, character and density of the picturesque seaside town while as the same time capitalizing on the development opportunities that exist. Central to the plan is the enhancement of waterfront activity, which comprises a series of low density structures which provide public spaces of mixed activity.
At the centre of the waterfront the plan proposes the extension east of the Golden Lemon, with new conference/executive facilities configured to provide a unique focus a tranquil world class executive retreat.
Completing this development within the landscape, among the ruins of the Caines Estate are now professional homes and office suits with support facilities located in the historic Caines plantation home. Terminating the waterfront catalyst projects in the east is a new purpose built fish market, while in the West the waterfront activity ends with a new retail square where the high speed ferry will dock. All the centre of this new space the existing school and church will be refurbished to provide public activity. A continuous linear boardwalk is proposed to link each of these nodal points and provide a unique promenade to the bay.
Fixed moorings set behind the coral breakwater provide anchorage facilities for yachts with docking points for the tender boats provided at the fish market and ferry drop off points. With the insertion of a new link road set further in land, by the railway, (ref plan) the existing link road will eventually become the natural centre and focus to the town. Either side of this new housing laid out to respect and reflect morphology and architecture of the islands will be built. Three significant landscape boulevards structuring the division of land parcels radiate from the new tourist rail station (and route to the rain forest) down to the new waterside spaces and promenade.
These initial urban design proposals begin to provide a long term development plan that can be used to guide development, that should respect not only the morphology of the island settlements, but also provide an essential balance of activity for both those that live and work in Dieppe Bay and the increasing number of holiday visitors.