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PLANNING

Our planners bring a strategic approach to helping our clients realize their goals. Challenges form opportunities for us: We use this information and stakeholder engagements to offer insights on best practices and risk mitigations, creating implementable plans that move the dial toward their vision.

LAND USE & DEVELOPMENT APPROVALS

Our comprehensive understanding of provincial planning legislation, as well as our experience working with local governments, means we can capably administer the development approval process on behalf of property owners, builders, and developers. Our planners have extensive experience working with all the technical disciplines required to make development projects a reality, giving us the ability to effectively communicate changes and requirements and work as the coordinating planning professional for our clients.

  • Area structure plans
  • Area redevelopment plans
  • Outline plans
  • Land use concept designs
  • Land use and zoning bylaw amendments
  • Rezonings
  • Subdivisions
  • Development permits
  • Development variance permits
  • Road closures
  • Development review services

COMMUNITY PLANNING & POLICY

Deep experience informs our approach to all our planning practices. We’re continuously keeping a pulse on emerging trends, and we use this and our experience with land use and development approvals gives us a thorough understanding of how to write effective and implementable plans, and create land use and zoning bylaws that directly implement policy.

  • Regional plans
  • Inter-municipal development plans
  • Official Community Plans
  • Municipal development plans
  • Growth management plans
  • Neighbourhood plans
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PUBLIC & STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

Great communication leads to exceptional planning. Identifying who will be influenced and affected and the associated risks of projects requires careful consideration of the engagement strategies that should be employed. Using many options for participation to ensure a broad spectrum of stakeholders can participate and engage from online engagement tools to face-to-face meetings are central to everything we do.

  • Engagement strategies
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Engagement communications
  • Conflict resolution
  • Facilitation
  • Decision-support frameworks
  • Consensus and multi-party decision-making processes
  • Stakeholder feedback analysis
  • Engagement reporting
  • Online surveys and crowdsourcing
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RECREATION

Recreational activities are life-enhancing. Access to good recreational facilities can strengthen communities. As recognized leaders in recreation planning, our team brings decades of experience and can help your community create recreational spaces that bring people together.

What We Do:

  • Recreation policy
  • Recreation master and management planning
  • Facility feasibility assessment
  • Recreation asset inventorying
  • Outdoor and action sport facility design
  • Recreation facility contract administration
  • Public and community engagement

TOURISM

Tourism is fiercely competitive. Successful destinations capitalize on their competitive advantages and deliver exceptional experiences, which motivates visitors to choose their destination.

Our interdisciplinary tourism team can help create a strategic, visitor-focused destination.

What We Do:

  • Tourism policy
  • Tourism resource inventorying
  • Destination development and management planning
  • Resort master planning
  • Visitor infrastructure design
  • Public and community engagement
  • Construction and contract administration

Tourism image courtesy of Grouse Mountain.

STRATEGIC PLANNING

Our experience working in the local government sector and on development projects gives us the unique perspective of understanding Council priorities and needs with both managing and facilitating growth in a community. We specialize in working with clients to develop strategic plans to identifying funding opportunities, and provide decision-making frameworks in support of new initiatives.

  • Community visions
  • Inter-municipal collaboration frameworks
  • Strategic municipal business planning
  • Council priority plans
  • Decision-making frameworks
  • Growth strategies
  • Funding, financing, cost-sharing, and cost-recovery approaches, including: Development Cost Changes (DCCs), Community Amenity Charges (CACs), and Density Bonus systems
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COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability is infused in what we do. We also offer specialized, break out services including municipal and corporate sustainability strategies that work across silos on your most challenging issues. We integrate with your team to tackle strategy, assessments, guidelines, mitigation, and capacity-building.

  • Sustainability strategy, implementation, and evaluations
  • Climate change mitigation strategies
  • Integrated community sustainability plans
  • Sustainability assessments
  • Sustainability guidelines
  • Training and capacity-building
  • Community partnerships and collaboration

URBAN DESIGN

As an integrative function, our planners and designers collaborate to create urban spaces that reflect the unique ecological, physical, and social context of each of our projects. We provide designs that aren’t just attractive, they have effective implementation strategies including funding and financing.

  • Urban design master plans
  • Public realm strategies
  • Downtown revitalization strategy
  • Master planning
  • Redevelopment policy and concepts
  • Mainstreets studies and guidelines
  • Funding strategies