Canal District



Savannah's next big step in imagining the future of the city is the creation and development of the Canal District, defined by Louisville Road to the north, Magazine and Stiles avenues to the west, and I-16 to the south and east. Construction of the new Savannah Arena will drive interaction with the canal and development of the underutilized areas immediately around it. The goal is to cultivate a dynamic new signature area that connects the historic neighborhoods on the east and west sides of the city and serves a variety of purposes and needs.

To support this initiative, a variety of public-engagement opportunities have been organized in the next few months. Savannah community members of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Your participation in the planning process is crucial to making the Canal District serve Savannah and its communities to its full potential.




Savannah's next big step in imagining the future of the city is the creation and development of the Canal District, defined by Louisville Road to the north, Magazine and Stiles avenues to the west, and I-16 to the south and east. Construction of the new Savannah Arena will drive interaction with the canal and development of the underutilized areas immediately around it. The goal is to cultivate a dynamic new signature area that connects the historic neighborhoods on the east and west sides of the city and serves a variety of purposes and needs.

To support this initiative, a variety of public-engagement opportunities have been organized in the next few months. Savannah community members of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Your participation in the planning process is crucial to making the Canal District serve Savannah and its communities to its full potential.


  • City hosting Canal District master plan summit

    4 days ago

    View the presentation from this event here

    The highlight event of this summit will feature a Design Review on Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. which will bring together a diverse panel of national experts and local community leaders to review and advise on planning recommendations for Savannah’s Canal District Master Plan.

    This review is essential for the success of the Canal District to elevate design in a way that embodies the greater community’s ambitions for the future while addressing concerns including provisions for infrastructure, sustainable finance of public investments, environmental remediation, cultural preservation, historic disinvestment and neighborhood stability.

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    View the presentation from this event here

    The highlight event of this summit will feature a Design Review on Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. which will bring together a diverse panel of national experts and local community leaders to review and advise on planning recommendations for Savannah’s Canal District Master Plan.

    This review is essential for the success of the Canal District to elevate design in a way that embodies the greater community’s ambitions for the future while addressing concerns including provisions for infrastructure, sustainable finance of public investments, environmental remediation, cultural preservation, historic disinvestment and neighborhood stability.

    As part of the summit, planners from within Perkins and Will—the design firm hired by the City to facilitate the creation of the Canal District Master Plan—and local representatives from the Savannah design and planning community will provide essential feedback into the planning process. Panelists include:

    • Gabrielle Bullock, Perkins and Will
    • David Green, Perkins and Will
    • Malcolm Davis, Perkins and Will
    • Sylvester M. Gould, Consulting Services Logistics
    • Michael Brown, Brown Pelican Consulting LLC
    • Dwayne Stephens, Historic District Board member
    • Paula Kreissler, Healthy Savannah

    During the Design Review on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m., members of the Perkins and Will team will present preliminary planning concepts and principles for the Canal District. At the conclusion of the presentation, the discussion with the panelists will be facilitated by Melanie Wilson, Executive Director of the Savannah-Chatham County Metropolitan Planning Commission. Time will also be allotted for questions from the audience.

    Additional planned activities during the two-day summit include meetings with neighborhood and community leaders as well as sessions with residents and the local design community.

    For more information, please contact Bridget Lidy at 912-525-3097 or blidy@savannahga.gov(External link).


  • Visioning Workshop

    about 2 months ago
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    On Saturday September 14th the city held a workshop for the public to get an in depth view of not only the background of the Canal District, but how the future plans incorporate input from the community.
    You can view the full overview by clicking here or the image above!



    On Saturday September 14th the city held a workshop for the public to get an in depth view of not only the background of the Canal District, but how the future plans incorporate input from the community.
    You can view the full overview by clicking here or the image above!
  • Canal District Public Input

    3 months ago
    Canal district master plan listening workshop 08.22.2019 page 01

    The City of Savannah hosted a community workshop for the development of a detailed master plan for the Canal District on Thursday, Aug. 22

    The City is collaborating with the Perkins + Will team in crafting a master plan that builds upon many years of discussion and previous work accomplished by the Arena committee and subcommittees, as well as various studies. This initiative will build upon the 2016 Canal District Master Plan—a high-level conceptual plan—to one that will provide a more detailed framework for future development. The process will also focus on preserving existing neighborhoods in the area based on...

    The City of Savannah hosted a community workshop for the development of a detailed master plan for the Canal District on Thursday, Aug. 22

    The City is collaborating with the Perkins + Will team in crafting a master plan that builds upon many years of discussion and previous work accomplished by the Arena committee and subcommittees, as well as various studies. This initiative will build upon the 2016 Canal District Master Plan—a high-level conceptual plan—to one that will provide a more detailed framework for future development. The process will also focus on preserving existing neighborhoods in the area based on feedback from the community.