The City of Charlottetown's waterfront master plan will soon be in place, and it includes a number of measures to improve public spaces as private development proceeds.

Coun. Rob Lantz, chair of the planning committee, said the plan also lays out clearly how developers move through the approval process.

"They'll have a much more certain path through city hall," said Lantz, "what's expected from them in terms of quality of design, there's incentives for them to provide public benefits, such as affordable housing, public space, streetscape improvements, public art."

Lantz said council is confident the plan will result in a beautiful and active waterfront.

The plan still requires one more reading by city council, followed by provincial approval.