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URBAN STRATEGIES Urban StrategiesÂŽ is a global urban design and planning consultancy based in Toronto. is a full service urban planning, urban design and development strategy consulting firm based in Toronto with an active practice in the surrounding region, across Canada and in the US, Europe and Asia. 197 Spadina Avenue, Suite 600 Toronto, ON Canada M5T 2C8 tel 416 340 9004 fax 416 340 8400 www.urbanstrategies.com

ABOUT US Since 1986, Urban Strategies has earned over 100 awards and an international reputation. The firm focuses on master planning, city-building, public policy, geospatial analysis, public and stakeholder engagement and strategic planning to produce creative, targeted and action-oriented land use plans. Our clients include large and small cities, residential, commercial and institutional developers, public agencies, universities, hospitals and community groups. We are problem solvers who can help achieve successful outcomes for the full range of urban opportunities.

WHAT WE DO • Downtown Revitalization • Regional Growth Management • Urban Design Guidelines • New Community Plans • Brownfield Redevelopment • Plans of Subdivision • Master Planning • Expert Testimony • Policy Analysis

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Model Making Public Consultation Campus Planning Waterfront Regeneration Zoning By-laws & Official Plans Geospatial Analysis Smart Cities Planning Proposal Call Management Site Analysis & Regulatory Review

• Design Competition Management • Parks and Open Space Planning • 3D Renderings and Animation • TOD Planning and Design • Visioning • Sustainable Community Design • Planning Approvals


The core of what we do is understand land and cities – their development, constraints and opportunities and the strategies needed to best manage their growth and change. At the base is a strong foundation in basic planning due diligence and policy analysis. As an integrated planning and design firm we also have the expertise to test and understand different built form solutions for land development through massing and design exercises. We have built a high degree of credibility with cities across Canada and can bring best private practice expertise into play. We have a strong knowledge of government process and experience working with various

levels of key senior government personnel on joint funding initiatives for long-term implementation plans. We have excellent relationships with both domestic and foreign investment communities and developers. We involve community members from the very beginning and throughout the full program – the objective is to ensure that by the end of the process the plan belongs to the community. We have demonstrated abilities in a number of public consultation, facilitation and outreach formats including one-on-one interviews, public advisory committees, interactive workshops, open houses, interactive and online media, and small, key stakeholder meetings.


Connectivity is a theme in everything we do: linking many disciplines, diverse communities, fragmented places and strategic initiatives, all to create better urban environments. We ground our planning and design work in the real world of technical and financial constraints, environmental sustainability, and strategies for implementation. At Urban Strategies we view transit as a starting point for a whole range of “city-building� initiatives. From providing a greater range of housing opportunities and creating new places for people to work and play, to creating more mixed-use, pedestrian friendly environments, transit investment can be leveraged as an important tool to shape our environment. Our recent transportation-oriented planning experience includes land use/transportation mobility hub and corridor-based master plans for cities across North America and abroad. The following pages profile a number of our recent projects. Additional information may be found on our website: www.urbanstrategies.com.


Comprised of a diverse range of places, each with their own distinct characteristics and drivers, regions are complex jurisdictions to plan for. Regional TOD strategies must balance a range of critical factors, including: the ability to establish a complete and integrated mobility network supported by transit oriented environments; the need to respond to multi-jurisdictional contexts, some more urban, and some less so; and an ability to negotiate a range of often competing policy objectives. At Urban Strategies, we understand the complexity of working at a regional scale and the importance of balancing regional and local objectives. Our policies, plans and guidelines respond to unique placebased opportunities, while maximizing the potential of public transit networks to promote change in regional mobility patterns.

Ontario Transit-Supportive Guidelines Province of Ontario DATE

2010 - 2012 AWARDS

2012 Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Excellence in Planning Publications 2012 Ontario Professional Planners Institute Award of Excellence Communications/ Public Education

Urban Strategies was retained to update Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation TransitSupportive Guidelines, originally published in 1992. These new guidelines are a distillation of transit-friendly land use planning, urban design and operational practices, drawing from examples in Ontario, elsewhere in North America and abroad. Their aim is to assist urban planners, transit planners, developers and others, working in communities of all sizes, in creating an environment that is supportive of transit and increasing transit ridership. The guidelines are organized into a series of topics, each of which contains strategies applicable to all community scales. The document also features best practice case studies, a glossary of terms, an index and a summary of resources and references. The updated and expanded Guidelines are a distillation of transit-friendly land use planning, urban design and operational practices, drawing from experiences in Ontario, elsewhere in North America and abroad. They include over 50 guidelines and almost 450 strategies to assist urban planners, transit planners, developers and others in creating an environment that is supportive of transit and increasing transit ridership. The guidelines offer municipalities and other planning authorities an important reference in their planning and decision-making processes. The document places a significant emphasis on creating a pattern of development within existing communities and new development that is capable of supporting increased transit ridership in existing systems and helping to facilitate the establishment of new transit systems.

Greater Golden Horseshoe Transportation Plan Toronto, Ontario DATE

2016 - Present

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is undertaking a long-term transportation plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). As the project requires both transportation engineering and land use expertise, Urban Strategies was commissioned to co-lead it with transportation firm HDR. The highly complex multi-year project has three timeframes: an aspirational vision for 2071, a network plan for 2051 and a gap analysis for 2041. A study of Automated Vehicles will also be undertaken to inform the plan. The study will ultimately result in a transportation plan at the same scale as the Growth Plan for the GGH, providing an integrated transportation and land use plan for the region. Early work on the project included developing three profiles of the GGH transportation, socio-economic and environment and climate change - which provided a solid foundational understanding of existing conditions, trends, and future outlooks for the region. Long-term goals and objectives for the region were developed and consulted on with stakeholders and through an online public survey. The goals and objectives were tied to a rigourous set of measures of effectiveness that will be used to evaluate network options. To take account of the uncertainty inherent in a plan with a 50+ year timeframe, a strategic foresight process was undertaken, including interviews with 20 local and international thought leaders as well as two foresight workshops. The foresight process generated five stretch futures that help the team to understand the consequences of different growth, economic, transportation and land use futures for the region. Lessons from the analysis of the futures will be used to ensure that the transportation plan is resilient no matter what the future brings.

The Big Move: Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area Regional Transportation Plan Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Ontario DATE

2007 - 2008 AWARDS

2009 Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence

Retained by Metrolinx, a transportation agency created by the Government of Ontario, Urban Strategies and the consultant team were charged with developing a bold, transformational and sustainable Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. This Plan is closely tied to a groundbreaking Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, covering a megaregion of 110 different municipal jurisdictions (with Toronto at its centre), which is expected to grow by 3.7 million people and 1.8 million jobs by 2031, making it one of the fastest growing mega-regions in North America. Framed around a series of discussion topics which create the basis for the RTP, Urban Strategies took the lead in developing the topic papers Towards Sustainable Transportation, and Mobility Hubs. We identified emerging transportation trends and discussed innovative and creative strategies for improving mobility in the region: from creating consumer-focused transit service to integrating land use and transit decisions.

Durham Regional TOD Strategy Durham, Ontario DATE


Durham Region must plan to accommodate 960,000 people living and 350,000 employees in the Region by the year 2031, with 40% of this growth occurring within the existing built boundary. The realization of transit oriented development (TOD) will be a key factor in meeting these regional growth plan targets and objectives. In response, the Region retained Urban Strategies to create the Durham Region TOD Strategy as a core component of their ongoing Long Term Transit Strategy (LTTS). The TOD Strategy was recognized as necessary to advance a supportive land use pattern for the region’s future rapid transit network, and to help chart a more sustainable and competitive future for Durham. Key components and deliverables of the TOD Strategy process include a best practices and existing policy review; an analysis and planning rationale for the identification of 39 TOD Places in Durham; a series of TOD demonstration site workshops used to test place-specific TOD potential within each area municipality; and the preparation of TOD-specific urban design guidelines and benchmark metrics to guide the evolution of transit-supportive places.

Regional Road Right-of-Way Guidelines for Halton Region Halton Region, Ontario DATE

2009 - 2010

In the fall of 2009 Urban Strategies and GHD prepared Regional Road Right-ofWay Guidelines for Halton Region in support of their new Regional Transportation Master Plan. The guidelines reflect a shift in direction towards the delivery of a balanced transportation system that aims to reduce automobile dependency in the transportation network. They integrate transportation planning, transportation investment, and land use planning together with the practice of placemaking, or the transformation of Regional Roads from single purpose roads into multi-faceted streets – places where people will live and work, where residents and visitors can come, shop or gather. The guidelines are illustrated with a set of cross sections and plan view drawings that reflect and accommodate the range of functional requirements anticipated to the year 2031. In order to facilitate easy-to-use guidelines, conceptual images of future Regional Roads are illustrated through precedent imagery and photomontage, and each category of guidelines – Rural, Corridor and Node - is supported with applicable regional planning policy and illustrated with a complete drawing set.

London Transportation Master Plan London, Ontario DATE

2009 - 2010

Urban Strategies was part of a team that developed an ambitious 30-year Transportation Master Plan (TMP) for the City of London, Ontario. The goal of the plan was to create an integrated multimodal transportation plan built on sound technical foundations and presented in an engaging format. Urban Strategies’ role in the plan was to ensure that the City’s objectives for growth management, placemaking and urban design were properly integrated into the TMP. The firm constructed alternative growth scenarios to test their impact on -- and benefit from -- the transportation strategies proposed, including a “business as usual” model, a “downtown” focus, and a “nodes and corridors” vision. Urban Strategies developed a transit-oriented development strategies to support London’s ability to achieve its ambitions for increasing two-way daily transit ridership and improve the transit modal split. They also constructed road cross sections for potential BRT corridors that mediate between all demands for the right-of way, and location-specific guidelines to ensure quality of space.

Best Practices for Planning Centres & Corridors York Region, Ontario York Region will grow by an additional 425,000 people and 264,000 jobs by 2031, and much of the growth is planned in the region’s four major centres and along transit corridors. Recognizing the many challenges of developing transitoriented urban places in a suburban context, the Region retained Urban Strategies to develop a Best Practices Guide for Planning Centres and Corridors document. We held a stakeholder workshop to understand the range of issues the document needed to address and then selected examples from our library of best practices, which was augmented by additional research. The document is designed as a compendium of strategies and innovations for city planners and developers as well as residents with an interest in how their community is expected to grow. The strategies and best practices are grouped under city-building themes to help planners and developers address challenges such as coordinating infrastructure, building complete streets, determining parkland requirements, managing parking and designing high-quality places.



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Complete Streets Strategy Niagara Region, Ontario DATE

2012 - 2013

Streets are often the physical structure around which our cities are built, organizing patterns of land use, development, place-making and movement. They have a significant impact on the character, livability and economic vitality of our communities. Despite playing such important and diverse roles, they are often overlooked or not given due consideration in their design and planning. The Niagara Complete Streets Project promotes the design of streets that respond to all of these criteria, including active movement. Urban Strategies was retained to provide consultation, design and visualization support for the project, which included developing a consultation tool kit. We organized and hosted a visioning workshop to test and illustrate how this tool kit may be used and created several visualizations of complete streets for the Region.


More than understanding how to move people from A to B, planning for transit corridors is an opportunity to explore and ultimately guide the unique place and city-building potential that results from an investment in transit. We understand that corridors are not homogenous, and that opportunities will vary from station to station. Whether preserving the existing character, or supporting extensive change, our corridor plans help cities realize the development and mobility enhancing potential of these transit corridor investments, while responding to the unique contextual opportunities.

Waterloo Region Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategy Waterloo Region, Ontario DATE

2012- 2014 AWARDS

2014 Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Excellence: City & Regional Planning

The Region of Waterloo is investing in a new rapid transit line connecting Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo - a $818 Million infrastructure investment. The planned RT corridor will provide enhanced mobility options for the three cities, dozens of neighbourhoods, multiple campuses, the downtowns, major civic institutions, business centres and community hubs along its 36 km (22 miles) extent. Urban Strategies led a Community Building Strategy that identifies key directions for building communities, guiding development, and moving people within, to, and from this Corridor. Working closely with Regional staff, their municipal partners and key stakeholders, our team worked to distill and articulate the city-building opportunities at the corridor, sub-corridor and station level from a mobility, placemaking, and regional strengthening perspective. Our comprehensive public consultation plan involved the use of a dedicated project storefront, open houses and workshops, a series of multimedia/social media tools, and events aimed at engaging youth, as well as campus, retail and industry stakeholders in locations all along the corridor.



Saint Paul Central Corridor Development Strategy & Station Area Planning Saint Paul, Minnesota DATE


2008 Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Excellence Neighbourhood Planning 2007 American Planning Association, Minnesota Chapter Honor Award

The planned route for an LRT linking downtown Saint Paul and downtown Minneapolis, the 11-mile long Central Corridor, is the most important east-west transportation corridor within the Twin Cities region, connecting major activity and employment centers with a direct link to almost 280,000 jobs, 123,000 residents and 15 distinct neighbourhoods. The Central Corridor Development Strategy (CCDS) is a visioning and policy document guiding land use and development decisions to allow the corridor to accommodate new ways of moving, living and working. The principal objectives of the CCDS are: to explore opportunities for community building and local business development; identify opportunities for new transit-oriented development so that the corridor can evolve as a great urban place that supports transit; create recommendations for a revised planning framework; and input into engineering and design of the LRT system. Building on the vision and regulatory foundation established through the CCDS, Urban Strategies prepared detailed Station Area Plans for each of the planned LRT stations within the Saint Paul portion of the Central Corridor. Through close consultation with community stakeholders on place-specific objectives and concerns, these plans broaden the understanding of the specific character, opportunities and challenges inherent within each station area; prescribe specific guidelines for the orientation and connection of buildings and public spaces to adjacent planned stations; and contain a detailed land use, ordinance, and implementation strategy for incorporation into the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

104 Avenue Corridor Plan Edmonton, Alberta DATE

2014 - 2015

Urban Strategies led a multi-disciplinary consulting team that includes ISL Engineering and Land Services to develop a Corridor Plan for the area surrounding three planned LRT stations on the Valley Line in Edmonton. The plan establishes a framework to guide transit oriented development in the area. The planning process included a robust consultation component, with frequent meetings with area landowners and stakeholders and a series of public workshops to obtain community input. After performing several background technical analyses to understand existing conditions in the Corridor, soliciting the community’s perspective on the Corridor’s strengths and challenges, and analyzing anticipated demographic and market shifts, Urban Strategies created three “conceptual scenarios” to demonstrate potential outcomes of growth in the Corridor. A preferred scenario was then developed, combining the best elements of each, and supported by a series of mobility, public realm, land use and built form policies. On July 6, 2015, City Council adopted the 104 Avenue Corridor ARP by unanimously approving Bylaw 17251. Five Direct Development Control Provisions (DC1) now guide the development of the corridor. These new zones provide land use regulation that aligns with the goals, objectives, and policy of the ARP to evolve the corridor towards a compact, well-designed built environment incorporating a mix of uses in support of transit-oriented development.

Eglinton Crosstown Design Framework Toronto, Ontario DATE

2011 - 2012 AWARDS

2013 Canadian Institute of Planners Planning Excellence Merit Awards, Urban Design

The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is an act of city building; a multi-billion dollar investment in rapid transit infrastructure along Eglinton Avenue. The line will pass through the geographic centre of the City, linking several neighbourhoods and connecting with bus, subway and rail lines. Following our work on the conceptual station design Urban Strategies was asked to create a design framework for the Crosstown line. The framework identified how the design of station elements could be used to create a unique identity for the Crosstown Line within the City’s larger transit network while creating a more positive user experience. The intent of the Framework was to provide a sufficient level of guidance for future station designers to ensure that station designs complimented broader urban design objectives for the corridor while having the flexibility to develop innovative design solutions through an Alternative Finance Procurement process.

Eglinton Crosstown Design Build Finance & Maintain Bid Toronto, Ontario DATE

2014 - 2015

The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is a $5.3 billion investment in a new rapid transit corridor crossing through the centre of Toronto along Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis (Weston Road) and Kennedy Station. This 19-kilometre corridor will include a 10-kilometre underground portion, between Keele Street and Laird Drive. Urban Strategies was the lead planning and urban design consultant on the winning consortium bid for the provincial contract to design, build and operate the Crosstown LRT. Our role on the project was to understand the context of the corridor and work with the engineers and architects on the bid to ensure that the projects elements and architecture were designed to respond to and help support the corridor’s many distinct characteristics. Urban Strategies also played a review and commenting role on the development of the architecture for the line to ensure that buildings and structures responded to the Province’s objectives related to design excellence. Our role on the bid built on several years of previous work in preparation for the Crosstown LRT including assisting in the Functional Analysis and Conceptual Design of the below grade stations and development of a Design Framework for the line. The framework was used to help define a set of common and variable design elements for the LRT to help achieve a unique image and identity for the Crosstown within the city and to ensure a positive transit experience for its users.

Eglinton West LRT Extension: Development of Conceptual Grade Separations Toronto, Ontario DATE

2016 - 2018

The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is one of the first wave projects of Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan – The Big Move – a 25-year, $50 billion plan for coordinated, integrated transportation and transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The project represents an investment of $5.3 billion toward better transit in Toronto. The Eglinton Crosstown LRT was originally proposed to connect Kennedy Station all the way to Pearson Airport. Due to funding issues, the project currently terminates at Mount Dennis. Urban Strategies led the development of conceptual grade separations, supported by HDR (design/engineering of the LRT track and roadway) and Marshall & Murray (cost estimates of the studied options). For each of the six intersections studied, Urban Strategies first developed the range of potential grade separations according to location (ie. north side, centre, south side), type (elevated, below-grade), or design (side platforms, shared centre platform). From these options, the most feasible grade separation was selected for each. Working with HDR to develop concept designs for the grade separations, Urban Strategies produced 3D visualizations showing these designs in the context of the existing neighbourhood. Three views of the grade separation and three views of an at-grade LRT were produced for each intersection, allowing direct comparison of the spatial and visual qualities of each option. An eye-level perspective was also produced, showing an at-grade LRT at Eglinton Avenue and Kipling Avenue, as well as a full-corridor rendering showing an at-grade LRT running the entire length of the corridor.













Mississauga Bus Rapid Transit Mississauga, Ontario DATE

2007 - 2008

Urban Strategies led the urban design component for the preliminary engineering of 11 stations along Mississauga’s planned 17km 403 BRT line. The work sets the foundation for the success of this significant transit investment by focussing on four key design themes: improving the experience of the system, getting to and from the BRT, ensuring that it fits appropriately within its surroundings and helping to support the investment through supportive land use decisions and policies. As a component of this work, Urban Strategies is undertaking series of focussed studies around strategic sites along the corridor. The studies position the sites within a larger theory of transit supportive development and outline a series of directions that will assist City Staff in responding to future and current applications. Of significance to the recently released Draft Regional Transportation Plan, this work examines the potential for the creation of a Gateway Mobility Hub at the proposed Renforth Station.

Thornhill Yonge Street Study Markham-Vaughan, Ontario Thornhill, Ontario DATE

2003 - 2005

One of the key challenges of the Thornhill Yonge Street Study was to establish a clear direction for the design of a rapid bus transitway and conceptual direction for streetscape improvements to provide guidance and input an Environmental Assessment for the transitway. Working collaboratively with the York Region Rapid Transit Consortium, local stakeholder groups and municipal staff, Urban Strategies developed a preferred landscaped centre median option and associated streetscape and transitway design criteria that were subsequently adopted within the final recommendations of the Environmental Assessment. This has established the basis for the approved transportation right of way and the transit station location. The streetscape and transitway design criteria will integrate the transitway within the established heritage community and include reduced roadway and transitway design standards, the creation of safe in-street pedestrian refuge areas, the elimination of unnecessary dedicated right turn lanes, and the development of a high caliber streetscape in keeping with the character and importance of the Heritage Conservation District. These criteria provide the basis for the development of a detailed streetscape improvement program also undertaken by Urban Strategies.

TTC Downtown Rapid Transit Expansion Study Toronto, Ontario DATE


For our work with HDR on the Downtown Relief Line we conducted a policy review focusing on the relationship of transit provision and development in the downtown and shoulder areas. We also tracked commercial and residential developments and undertook a capacity analysis to understand the potential for the city to meet its growth objectives. The work highlighted the strong relationship between the subway and the siting of new commercial and high-rise residential development, and between the city’s east/west streetcar lines and existing and planned new residential development in the shoulders of the downtown. As a result of this work we identified and assessed a series of policy alternatives for the downtown and shoulders aimed at relieving congestion within the downtown portions of the Yonge line south of Bloor. These included Land Use and Transit Oriented Development Strategies, Parking Policies, Multi-modal Strategies and Travel Demand Measures. Urban Strategies is currently working on Phase 2 of this project. Building on the work of the previous phase, we are undertaking a feasibility analysis of station options and potential alignments.


The enhanced profile and accessibility of a station area can support a greater range of mobility options, deliver new uses, and enhance a sense of place. Our station area plans establish a framework to effectively direct and manage this change in a way that is reflective of the unique context of each station area. We understand the characteristics of station infrastructure and our plans seek ways to integrate and embed facilities within their neighbourhoods to better connect them with adjacent buildings, uses and open spaces.



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Weston Station Master Plan Toronto, Ontario DATE

2011 - 2012

In 2011, Urban Strategies Inc. was retained by Metrolinx to prepare a Master Plan for the new Weston Station at the intersection of Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue West in Toronto. This Master Plan is one of a number of concurrent processes that Metrolinx is undertaking to plan, design and execute improvements along the Georgetown South Rail Corridor. These processes have involved ongoing discussions with the City of Toronto and the Weston community in order to assess the issues and opportunities associated with the relocated Weston Station and its long-term development potential. The Master Plan represents the Weston community’s vision for the station area and the operational requirements for GO Transit and the airport-rail link (UP Express). It reflects the consensus built among a broad cross section of residents, professionals and other stakeholders. The Master Plan establishes a series of design criteria for the new station and associated public plaza. It also outlines four development concepts for lands adjacent to the new station. These concepts are based on six objectives intended to maximize the public benefit of any new development in the station area. The Master Plan offers a preferred development concept that was supported by the Weston community, and presents a strategy and key partners for moving toward a revitalized station area.

Davenport Diamond Rail Overpass Toronto, Ontario DATE

2014 - 2016

The Davenport Diamond is one of the last high-traffic rail-to-rail crossings in the City of Toronto. It accommodates both east-west freight rail traffic along the busy CP rail corridor, as well as north-south GO Train passenger service along the Barrie GO corridor. The Davenport Community Rail Overpass is being planned to support more frequent and reliable GO Train service along the Barrie GO corridor by eliminating the Davenport Diamond and separating passenger rail service from crossing freight traffic along the CP rail line. Urban Strategies was asked to contribute to the Environmental Assessment for the Davenport Diamond Community Rail Overpass. Urban Strategies conductd a background review of the study area and identified strategies to mitigate the impacts of the proposed structure on the adjacent community and maximize opportunities for place-making and community benefit. As the planning and urban design lead for the EA process, Urban Strategies was responsible for undertaking a planning review and context assessment of the study area. Our work included the identification of the key systems and processes influencing the study area as well as a range of opportunities to better integrate the structure within the community. A key component of our work related to community and stakeholder consultation. Urban Strategies assisted in the development of materials for engaging the community around overpass alternatives and facilitated a workshop with City staff to work through city concerns and understand the implications of proposed enhancements to the structure from the City’s perspective. Following completion of the study process Urban Strategies worked with a team of designers and engineers to refine the design of the overpass in response to feedback from members of the City and Community. The outcome was presented at design review panel where it received strong praise from the various panelists.



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University of Ottawa Campus Master Plan and Lees Station Area Plan Ottawa, Ontario DATE

2003 - 2015 AWARDS

2016 Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence in Urban Design 2016 Canadian Society of Landscape Architects National Award of Excellence for Planning & Analysis 2016 Royal Canadian Architectural Institute Certificate of Merit, Urban Design Plans 2015 Ottawa Urban Design Award of Merit for Visions and Master Plans

Urban Strategies is created a new Campus Master Plan (CMP), a process that provides an opportunity to reflect on how the campus has evolved, its strengths and weaknesses, and issues and trends that will influence future development. The plan establishes a vision and framework to guide how the University will transform over the next 20 years to accommodate uOttawa’s evolving programs and activities, and to support the initiatives of our faculties, staff and students. It focuses on identified and potential projects in the University’s 5-Year Capital Plan and provides a long-term framework for realizing the five goals for campus development. The Campus Master Plan (CMP) initiative involved four phases of work over approximately two years, which ended in summer 2015. Urban Strategies has developed a highly consultative process and led many different types of public engagement activities to enable multiple audiences to provide input on the development of the CMP. Since first working with the University in 2003 Urban Strategies has prepared a series of land strategies and feasibility analyses. In response to a proposed North/South LRT line Urban Strategies analyzed the development potential of the Arts Court Site. The objective of the study was to understand how the Arts Courts Site could be best developed to capitalize on the LRT investment while integrating with the historic buildings and surrounding area. Urban Strategies is working on a land strategy that responds to the planned Rideau to Hurdman LRT corridor. In anticipation of the LRT line, Urban Strategies is carrying out an inventory and ownership analysis of lands around future transit stops in order to secure land development rights where feasible.


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Calgary Northwest LRT Corridor Station Area Planning Calgary, Alberta DATE

2007 - 2008, 2011

Urban Strategies was retained by the City of Calgary to prepare Station Area Plans for three stations along its Northwest LRT Corridor. As part of the decision to become a more sustainable city, Calgary is looking to tie land use to transportation. The city has developed an extensive LRT system that, at over 270 000 riders daily, is the most heavily used network in North America. When looking for places to grow within Calgary, underutilized areas immediately surrounding LRT stations present some of the best opportunities to create liveable communities, employment nodes and institutional hubs attached to transportation infrastructure. Tying land use to existing infrastructure, particularly transit, is a key strategy when aiming to grow in a more sustainable way. The Station Area Plans set out a comprehensive framework for reurbanization including mobility systems, the public realm, land use and built form. The Plans also feature implementation strategies to achieve comprehensive redevelopment of liveable, walkable and transit-supportive hubs in the three station areas. Extensive visioning and consultation was performed including use of best practice precedents and 3 dimensional physical modeling.

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Secondary Plan Vaughan, Ontario DATE

2003 - 2005

The fast growing suburb of Vaughan, on the edge of Toronto, intends to build a true downtown around a future transit station that will link it by subway to Toronto and to points east and west by bus rapid transit. Urban Strategies prepared the official plan for the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, a designated “urban growth centre�, following an analysis of land use, environmental and transportation conditions and consultations with landowners and the broader public. Occupied by low-density retail and industrial uses but also vacant lands, the VMC is expected to intensify significantly over the coming decades, accommodating 25,000 residents and 12,000 jobs by 2031. The Secondary Plan provides a framework of pedestrian-oriented streets and parks and built form parameters to guide future development and public realm investments. The plan calls for a new major civic park, a series of local parks and environmental open spaces, new neighbourhoods containing a mix of housing types and building heights, and both high density and medium density office buildings oriented to transit. The intent is to create a green downtown that utilizes district energy and demonstrates best practices in environmental design.

Saint Paul LRT Station Area Plans Saint Paul, Minnesota DATE


Urban Strategies prepared a series of detailed Station Area Plans for 11 planned LRT stations in Saint Paul along an LRT route connecting downtown Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Through close consultation with community stakeholders on place-specific objectives and concerns, the plans broadend the understanding of the unique character, opportunities and challenges inherent within each station area while delivering a program for new transit supportive uses over time. Working within the existing patterns of land ownership, the Dale Station Area Plan explored opportunities to significantly increase existing densities while sensitively integrating development into a predominantly low-rise neighbourhood. The plan repositioned the redevelopment of an existing shopping centre around a new public open space designed to double retail frontage, increase opportunities for live-work uses and strengthen connection between the station platform and the community. The tight confines of Saint Paul’s historic downtown posed a unique challenge to the introduction of a planned new LRT route. The plan identifies strategies to enhance mobility throughout the downtown, strengthening connections between clusters of activity and creating a series of urban rooms at station areas capable of re-activating the street and integrating a wide range of users. A series of place-specific opportunities identify priorities for investment with the potential to capture the place-making potential of LRT.

PARTS: Midtown and Rockway

Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations Kitchener, Ontario DATE

2016 - 2017

Urban Strategies is leading a multidisciplinary team to complete two station area plans for the areas surrounding the Midtown and Rockway ION LRT stops in the City of Kitchener. The Plans represent an important step in the City’s ongoing shift towards reurbanization by advancing the policy framework around each of the station areas to respond and capitalize on the Region’s investment in rapid transit. The station area plans will provide direction for future development and stability within the station areas while integrating considerations for new streets, mobility networks and natural systems through a consultative process. The station area plans are being developed through a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, which guides public consultation in each stage of the project and supports the integration of land use and infrastructure planning. To date, Urban Strategies has led two public information centres to develop a vision for each station area, and to engage the public and key stakeholders with a series of alternative scenarios and evaluation criteria. These alternatives are now being evaluated and refined to identify a hybrid preferred scenario that strategically combines the best of the alternative scenarios. These preferred scenarios will provide a foundation for plan development in future phases of the project.

Waterloo Station Area Plans Waterloo, Ontario DATE

2015 - 2016

Urban Strategies was retained by the City of Waterloo to develop Station Area Plans for five stations along a new regional light rail transit (LRT) corridor. The Plans are intended to encourage the transformation of areas around the station and support more pedestrian-oriented, transit-supportive and mixed-use places. The Station Area Plans will help support employment growth and residential development around the stations, guide public realm and infrastructure investments, and support city-building around each of the stations. The Plans will also articulate a series of policy directions and regulatory strategies to help implement change and guide decision-making over the long term. Urban Strategies, as lead consultant, undertook an intensive consultation process that included an initial Project Launch and Community Roundtables, a full-day Visioning Workshop and a Public Open House where the draft Station Area Plans were presented to the community for input. The Plans were developed through ongoing collaboration with City staff, area landowners and the local community to ensure that they respond to and reinforce the distinct character of each station area. A key element of the Plans was the desire to create vibrant, transit-oriented nodes around the LRT stations, which would include a mix of employment, retail, residential and open space uses and that would support activity levels and grow transit ridership. Within some station areas – including the Conestoga Station Area which is centred around Conestoga Mall – thoughtful strategies were developed to ensure that new retail uses achieved appropriate transit-supportive densities and a more urban built form. City of Waterloo Council unanimously endorsed the Station Area Plans and adopted the related OPA’s in June 2017. The plans received high praise by a number of the councilors. One stated that these were the most significant planning related documents since the City’s decision to grow up and not out via their nodes and corridors strategy. The concurrent approach to developing the five Station Area Plans helped ensure that the plans were comprehensive, integrated and responsive to the both the local and broader City context.


Mobility Hubs are important places within a city or regional movement network. As places where different modes of movement intersect, they are often comprised of complex overlapping layers of transportation. Recognizing the functional requirements of these movement systems, Urban Strategies has the ability to understand and position mobility hubs in a manner that preserves and optimizes their city building potential. Through compelling visions and strategies, our mobility hub master plans help to guide future infrastructure and development to create a seamless connection between movement modes, a greater intensity of mixed uses, and a sense of place for the user.

Mount Dennis Mobility Hub Study Toronto, Ontario DATE

2012 - 2013

In 2012, Urban Strategies was hired to undertake the Mount Dennis Mobility Hub Study. The Mount Dennis station is planned to be the terminus of the first phase of the 19km Eglinton Crosstown LRT. The station will be an important gateway into the region’s transit network connecting the LRT to both regional rail and extensive local bus services. It is also the site of the LRT’s maintenance and storage facility. The objectives of the study were to conduct a comprehensive scan and analysis of the existing and future conditions around the station area to prepare a plan that would illustrate key infrastructure components required to support the development of an integrated mobility hub. It was informed by a real estate analysis to identify potential development opportunities. Complex site and technical considerations required close coordination with a team of transportation planners, engineers and environmental professionals. While short term development opportunities were limited due to the substantial transportation infrastructure required, the plan developed a strategy that would facilitate the phased development and intensification of the station over time. The Mount Dennis Mobility Hub Study was used to inform the creation of ProjectSpecific Output Specifications (PSOS) used by the province to solicit bids for the design, build and operations of the Eglinton Crosstown through an AFP process.

Toronto Pearson Regional Transit Centre Vision Toronto, Ontario DATE

2015 - Present CLIENT

Greater Toronto Airports Authority AWARDS

2016 Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence in Planning Publications

Toronto Pearson is the second largest airport in North America by international passengers. It served 44 million passengers in 2016 and has ambitions to evolve to a mega hub airport that could serve an additional 40 million annual passengers by 2035. It is also at the centre of Canada’s second largest employment area: The Airport Employment Zone around Toronto Pearson is home to 300,000 jobs, the highest concentration of employment in the country after Downtown Toronto. What is absent is the degree of high-order transit that would typically serve a nationally significant international hub and employment area. There is a stark absence of networked transit options to Toronto Pearson and the surrounding area, resulting in a 95% mode share for private automobiles. Urban Strategies developed a white paper entitled “Pearson Connects: A MultiModal Platform for Prosperity” to call attention to the urgent need for a new regional multi-modal transit hub west of downtown Toronto. The paper makes the case for the strategic investment in a regional transport hub at Toronto Pearson Airport, drawing on lessons from global airports and airport experts. Building on the imperative outlined in the white paper, Urban Strategies developed a comprehensive vision for the Regional Transit Centre, identifying the potential regional benefits in terms of connectivity between major regional nodes, supporting jobs and economic development, supporting local communities, reducing congestion and GHG emissions, facilitating goods movement, and promoting development intensification and higher quality urban design. Urban Strategies developed a compelling set of vision illustrations that demonstrated the significance of the RTC for the surrounding municipalities and the region as a whole. Urban Strategies also developed a 3-D rendering of the RTC in its local context, illustrating the range of connections, the sense of place, and the catalytic effect on employment densification. Urban Strategies developed a stakeholder engagement strategy and facilitated working sessions with regional politi-cians, planners, transit agencies, and economic development officers to ensure that their goals and objectives are understood in advance of the Regional Transit Centre’s design and construction.

Midtown Oakville Mobility Hub Master Plan Oakville, Ontario DATE

2011 - 2013

In 2011, Urban Strategies was retained by Metrolinx to create a Mobility Hub Master Plan to transform Midtown Oakville into a complete, mixed-use community with residential, office, retail, and civic spaces. The assignment required close collaboration with Metrolinx, the Town of Oakville, the Region of Halton, and sub-consultants to assess current transportation use by mode and identify ways to improve circulation and access and encourage transit use over the long term. Urban Strategies developed two options for the redevelopment of the station area, refining the transportation network by creating more bus bays, redesigning the road network, and moving the transit terminal to the east side of Trafalgar Road. A pedestrian and cycling network, parks and open space network, streetscape design and development parcels were also proposed. Beyond the immediate station area, a massing exercise was carried out to determine how best to accommodate the increased density dictated by the Growth Plan and Livable Oakville Official Plan. The resultant Master Plan is not merely a functional improvement to the station area, but rather creates a vibrant, healthy, liveable community for the Midtown Oakville Urban Growth Centre.

Richmond Hill Regional Centre Study Richmond Hill, Ontario DATE

2003 - 2005

The Richmond Hill Regional Centre, focused north and east around the juncture of Highway 7 and Yonge Street in the Town of Richmond Hill, has been identified by the Province of Ontario as an Urban Growth Centre and a Mobility Hub. Supported by the planned convergance of five major modes of public transit, the Regional Centre is poised to become “Union Station North�, an attractive place for new residential and office investment, and will be one of the primary places to focus growth and investment in the future.

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To plan for this growth and change, Urban Strategies worked with the Town of Richmond Hill to conduct a land use and urban design study for the Richmond Hill Regional Centre as part of its Official Plan review process. The overall goal of the study was to establish a strategy to facilitate growth of the Regional Centre as a new, urban-scaled, transit-oriented community built around an inter-modal transit hub and Urban Growth Centre as designated by the Provincial Growth Plan legislation for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Urban Strategies was subsequently retained by the Town to prepare the Secondary Plan for the area. 130M from go station platform to subway platform

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Stations are both destinations and gateways, each one with their own unique set of operational and locational characteristics. Recognizing that everyone begins and ends their journey as a pedestrian, our station strategies seek to enhance user experience while responding to the critical maintenance and functional issues required to make stations work for their users.

GO Transit Station Access Strategies Ontario, Canada DATE


In the winter of 2008 GO Transit unveiled its strategic plan - GO 2020. The plan outlines GO Transit’s vision for the next 12 years and includes a series of goals and objectives and a corresponding service strategy. One of its express objectives is the prioritization of walking, cycling and public transit within the station areas. The intent is to maximize the use of existing parking through car-pooling, car sharing and other measures and identify opportunities to encourage walking, cycling and taking transit to the station. In 2009 Urban Strategies was retained to develop a series of specific design features and strategies aimed at achieving a shift in travel mode across GO Transit’s 60+ rail stations throughout the Greater Toronto Area. The final report outlines a series of best practice strategies across a range of topics including; pedestrian and cycling access, station layout and design and community connectivity. It identifies the benefits and drawbacks of various approaches towards improving station access and illustrates a through a series of demonstration projects both “quick win” and “show case” enhancements.

Meadowvale Station Master Plan and Development Strategy Mississauga, Ontario DATE

2014 - 2015

Urban Strategies was retained, along with Cushman and Wakefield and MMM Group, in 2014 to undertake a GO Station Plan and Joint Development Study for the Meadowvale GO Station in Mississauga, Ontario. Metrolinx, in partnership with the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network and Trillium Health Partnership, seek to increase ridership, address future capacity needs, and enhance community health services in the local area through a comprehensive station area planning process. While the station currently functions primarily as a commuter rail station the Province’s commitment to all-day, two-way train service means that it has the potential to act as an employment destination and gateway to the Meadowvale Business Park over the longer term. To achive this, a phased strategy was identified to support an increase in walking, cycling and transit access to the station and free up surplus parking areas for new development. As part of this process, Urban Strategies developed a series of built form and land use options for the Metrolinx owned lands in order to assess the highest and best use of the study area. The project explored the potential for the adaptive re-use or leasing of the existing buildings on the site, and developed a real estate and financial implementation plan to guide real estate decisions for the site and assist Metrolinx in bringing parts of the site to market.

Eglinton Crosstown Conceptual Design Toronto, Ontario DATE

2010 - 2011

The Eglinton Crosstown line is a central element of the Province’s regional transportation plan. Once complete, the line will provide a reliable rapid transit connection across the City of Toronto connecting Pearson International Airport and the Mississauga BRT in the west to Scarborough in the east. Along the way the line will link dozens of TTC bus routes, two subway lines, several GO Transit stations and two planned LRT lines. Urban Strategies was retained to provide planning and urban design input and create guidelines for the twelve underground stations of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. The component was part of a larger conceptual design initiative aimed at understanding the technical requirements of the below grade stations and their implications for the design of above grade facilities. Urban Strategies’ specific analysis focused on the location, organization and design of above grade station elements, to ensure that they were sensitively integrated into their environments, minimizing impacts on existing uses and residents, while enhancing access for transit users. The Urban Design Guidelines are currently being used by the station designers to inform their understanding and design approach during the detailed design of the stations.


Urban Strategies has developed a variety of methods for engaging a diverse range of residents and stakeholders in meaningful conversations about their communities. Because each community has unique characteristics and issues, Urban Strategies tailors its approach to each assignment. We begin by analyzing the dynamics which will likely figure most prominently within the engagement process and analyze the different audiences involved.

Our findings form the basis for establishing an engagement strategy which is confirmed and finetuned with our clients at the outset of the project. We understand how to lead and facilitate discussions at the community level, understand how to tell a story, and host meaningful dialogues that respond to a broad range of interests. We ensure we address a range of audiences, using a range of formats, times and places throughout the process for people to meaningfully participate.

A LIVING LABORATORY We are thinkers. We love to learn and to teach, as a way of ensuring we understand the latest theories and research into city-building and best practice world-wide. Big City Big Ideas is a lecture series that we founded in 2011 to mark Urban Strategies’ 25th year in business. We have since hosted dozens of events and incorporated Lecture Series as a tool for engaging communities in a visionary dialogue on projects. Our Urban Strategies Academy is a knowledge accelerator and cultural incubator at our studio. Our Academy model allows staff at all levels to teach each other, experiment with new technology and approaches, and collaborate in new ways. The positive impacts – not only for our professional practice, but our social atmosphere – are invaluable. Topics are crowdsourced by staff. Past sessions have included mock debates, analysis of new design theory, virtual reality experimentation, site tours, charrettes, software training and numerous guest speakers. This spirit of inquiry carries through all aspects of our professional work, and allows us to test and develop new methods and tools internally before bringing them to external project work.

REACHING A RANGE OF AUDIENCES Urban Strategies has undertaken complex and successful processes in communities around the world. Recent large-scale visioning projects include leading the city or regional exercises in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Mississauga’s ‘Inspiration Lakeview’ and Transportation Master Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. On transit-oriented projects, we have successfully engaged many stakeholders at the corridor and neighbourhood scale in dialogues about catalytic transit investment. We often design specific youth engagement programs, including hands-on charrettes, documentary making, and curriculum tools. We frequently engage with Indigenous community members and specialist consultants. Private sector developers are increasingly utilizing these tools to build community support for projects long in advance of starting an approvals process - an approach that leverages the insight and vision of stakeholders. Recent projects include redevelopment plans for Humbertown, Yorkdale and Galleria Mall, the Christie Cookies site, and the Unilever Precinct in the Toronto area. These projects have all involved creative approaches to public engagement, but also a highly strategic program of engaging with elected officials and planning staff.



Open House events spark excitement and energy around the project and when skillfully managed, can focus community members -- and in some cases, the city as a whole -- on shared aspirations and objectives for transformative projects.

We act as project representatives, organzing and leading meetings primary stakeholders, often including the Mayor and other members of Council; elected Provincial representatives; government agencies, City officials; resident associations; BIAs and the other stakeholders to introduce the project, and discuss and secure support for the proposed engagement strategy.

As subject matter experts in urban planning and urban design, we understand how to use real project content to meaningfully host a conversation about changing land use, embedding the client’s vision for project success. We are adept at creating activated spaces for dialogue drawing on a range of tools described in this document. We recommend using compelling project branding, social media and a comprehensive project website to publicize in-person events, as well as to capture and report on presentations and perspectives shared, and and continue the conversation on the process after the event is over.

STRATEGIC MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS We can develop a strategic media and outreach strategy to support broad project engagement. The outreach strategy will tap into established networks and utilize a range of strategies to encourage desired participation. We can help identify key messages, anticipate key ‘issue’ questions, and develop a set of responses to ‘frequently asked questions’. The use of key spokespersons, the mayor and or other notable public figures can also be evaluated to advance the project goals.

PROJECT BRAND/LOGO Urban Strategies’ professional graphic design team works with public sector clients and communications departments to develop logos and brand identities for projects. Branding helps to create immediate recognition and lends consistency and professionalism to all project communications materials, including panels, newsletters, briefing notes, and online content.

SHOW, DON’T TELL Urban Strategies maintains a digital image library that includes thousands of inspiring and illustrative precedent images from North America and around the world. We are well known for creating and delivering highly visual and compelling presentations that can visually explain complex concepts.

3D MODELLING AND ILLUSTRATION We have leading edge technical capabilities to create a variety of graphic representations, including detailed 3D models, massing diagrams, shadow studies, CAD renderings, “flythrough” or “walkthrough” animations and detailed photo realistic renderings to help citizens visualize the proposed design outcomes. These tools provide legible, accessible, and compelling materials to share project information and gather input, allowing audiences to “see” potential, not just talk about it.

PROJECT WEBSITES Project websites play an important role as a hub for information and dialogue about a project. We have developed an interactive template that allows us to quickly and seamlessly create a dynamic, tailored site that can be used in many ways, including video, project resources, events, and connection to popular social media platforms. We can also design and publish project newsletters using this platform - an effective way to keep in touch with engaged stakeholders. We can use the website to host “virtual workshop� content, such as video to capture presentations and perspectives, written content, and surveys.

NEWSLETTERS AND E-MAIL BLASTS We can design and publish project newsletters using our web platform or using traditional print methods. Regular newsletters are an effective way to keep in touch with engaged stakeholders.

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNS Dedicated campaigns on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram can be effective vehicles for two-way distribution of information and provide participants opportunities for direct dialogue. Live-streaming applications can broadcast real time public events to community stakeholders who cannot attend in person.

VIDEO We use professional videographers to capture presentations, engage with attendees and reflect the range of perspectives at events. Video can be seamlessly integrated into our web platform using YouTube and Vimeo, and can be an engaging way to communicate project objectives accessibly.

WALKSHOPS, STOREFRONTS AND MORE We frequently develop in-person interactive programs with other consultants to reach specific audiences and generate dialogue outside of the typical “Town Hall� format. These less formal enagement programs can help to draw out perspectives through authentic face-to-face conversation.

COMMUNITY COMPASS® Urban Strategies has developed a proprietary online survey tool that used to solicit public feedback. The Compass® can be integrated into a project website or blog and features a highly graphic interface and sophisticated interactive mapping tools. It provides an easy and meaningful way for residents who may not attend the events to participate in the process. The Community Compass® can help confirm and refine project vision and principles, highlight existing patterns of use and identify a preferred design concept. Our Community Compass® is designed with plenty of flexible space to incorporate high quality graphic elements and background material (for example, via an “explainer” video) This is a critical element of our Compass® tool that is absent from other online survey platforms, which typically have rigid page structures.

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Live-stream Data Visualization at Events Attendees can respond to multiple choice, mapping and qualitative survey questions live at an event using their own devices, and Compass® can display the responses in real-time on screen. This can be an effective discussion tool or icebreaker activity, providing a live snapshot of audience responses in a highly engaging, visual format. What percentage of trips within GGH are under 5km in lenght as a straight-line distance?

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Sophisticated, Versatile Mapping Functions Users can drop pins on a map to show locations, and enter comments in place. These pin icons can be fully customized. Users can draw routes and enter comments, if desired. This allows the project team to glean important qualitative and quantitative information about how people experience their environment. The base maps used on Compass® are highly customizable and can illustrate proposed conditions more effectively than the generic Google base maps typically used by other survey tools. Survey output can be analyzed in a highly graphic GIS file. Results can also be displayed using the same web map used in the original survey. Layers of data can be switched on or off, and user comments can appear directly in a map file.

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Data and Analytics Smart cities, open government and GIS-enhanced analysis are just a few of the ways data is driving informed city planning and more tailored citizen engagement. Urban Strategies is using a range of data and geospatial analysis - often in concert with Compass® survey results - for better decision-making at a variety of scales.

Many Thousands of Users Have Experienced the Compass® • Greater Golden Horseshoe Transportation Plan 2071: region-wide survey on goals and objectives;

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numerous surveys; Imagine Fredericton Growth Plan: surveys at the visioning, testing and finalization stages of developing the growth plan; University of Toronto Secondary Plan; Development of a new Official Plan for the City of Troy, NY; Visioning exercises in both Malton and Cooksville in Mississauga; Development of the campus master plan for Princeton University.

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Waterloo Region Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategy Consultation Waterloo Region, Ontario DATE

2012- 2014 AWARDS

2014 Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Excellence: City & Regional Planning

Public consultation was the cornerstone of the Community Building Strategy process and occurred in four phases: Understanding, Exploring, Describing, and Finalizing. Each phase intended to build on what was learned from the preceding phase with the goal of understanding concerns, opportunities, and potential solutions to optimize the community building potential in the Central Transit Corridor. Various methods of consultation were employed throughout the processes including a project launch, a speakers series with international experts, workshops, open houses in each municipality, key stakeholder interviews, and forum sessions organized around specific themes. These engagement sessions helped to build a broad-based constituency of community leaders, businesses, mobility advocates, environmental leaders, and area municipalities that will continue to act as a key resource for the Region as the project moves from construction to operation. A project website was launched early in the process as an opportunity for the public to stay up-to-date on the events and activities associated with the development of the CBS. The site was regularly updated to encourage users to return and to stay involved in the process. Nearly 170 hits were received on the date of the launch. Between the launch of the Strategy, and the completion of the CBS Report the site received nearly 5,000 hits.

Durham Regional TOD Strategy Workshops Durham, Ontario DATE


The development of the Durham Regional TOD Strategy was a complicated process that involved extensive coordination between the Region and area Municipalities. To build consensus and ensure support Urban Strategies hosted a series of TOD site demonstration workshops with each of the municipalities. Each workshop was held in a different regional setting to test the place-specific TOD potential within each area municipality. Outcomes and general principles for the development of TOD were distilled from each workshop, and used to inform the development of typology specific guidelines and benchmarks.

Markham Centre Charrette and Transportation Roundtable Markham, Ontario DATE


Urban Strategies was retained by the Town of Markham to host a design charrette that brought together Town staff and the City’s leading architects and landscape architects to re-think Markham Centre, identifying opportunities to incorporate additional height and introduce a more pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use urban form. To assist discussion, we produced a 20’ by 10’ model of Markham Centre – spanning from Rodick Road to Kennedy Road, and North of Highway 7 to the 407 – on which the participants recorded their ideas with the aid of our modeling team. Building on the successful charrette, the Town requested Urban Strategies to facilitate a series of meetings, including a daylong roundtable to further examine initiatives and opportunities in Markham Centre East. The roundtable provided a platform for the Town, transportation providers and land owners to gain insight on how transportation infrastructure will be layered in Markham Centre East, identifying opportunities to better integrate provincial, regional and Town initiatives and infrastructure investment with planned development. From the roundtable emerged an agenda of actions and guiding principles that support the Town to envision Markham Centre East as a regional mobility hub, leading employment centre and choice neighbourhood in the GTA.

Saint Paul LRT Saint Paul, Minnesota DATE


The drafting of the Central Corridor Development Strategy and subsequent Station Area Plans involved an extensive consultation process of regular visioning workshops with the Mayor’s two appointed Task Forces, a series of interactive community open houses, and numerous stakeholder interviews and focus group sessions. As a testament to the process, the LRT was repositioned from a contentious transportation project to an opportunity for city-building and place-making within the city.

Calgary LRT Calgary, Alberta DATE

2007 - 2008, 2011

The three station area plans for Calgary’s Northwest LRT line evolved over the course of several community-based workshops. The workshops tied the development of the station areas into a larger discussion of accommodating growth within the city. Directions for the three plans were identified over the course of an intensive three day workshop involving the use of a 30 foot long model of the corridor which enabled community ideas for each station to be modeled and tested on the spot.

SELECTED CLIENTS MUNICIPALITIES Aberdeen City Council, Scotland Belfast City Council, Ireland Cardiff City Council, Wales City of Airdrie, Alberta City of Brantford, Ontario City of Buffalo, New York City of Calgary, Alberta City of Charleston, South Carolina City of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island City of Cork, Northern Ireland City of Corner Brook, Newfoundland City of Edmonton, Alberta City of Guelph, Ontario City of Fredericton, New Brunswick City of Hamilton, Ontario City of Kitchener, Ontario City of Mississauga, Ontario City of Niagara Falls, Ontario

City of Ningbo, China City of Olean, NY City of Ottawa, Ontario City of Pickering, Ontario City of Port Colborne, Ontario City of Red Deer, Alberta City of Rochester, New York City of Salford, U.K. City of St. Albert, Alberta City of St. Catharines, Ontario City of Saint John, New Brunswick City of Saint Louis, Missouri City of Saint Paul, Minnesota City of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan City of Sheffield, U.K. City of Toronto, Ontario City of Troy, New York City of Vancouver, British Columbia City of Vaughan, Ontario

City of Youngstown, Ohio Comox Valley Regional District, BC County of Brant, Ontario Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia Liverpool City Council, U.K. Manchester City Council, U.K. Municipality of Clarington, Ontario Region of Durham, Ontario Region of Halton, Ontario Region of Peel, Ontario Region of Waterloo, Ontario Region of York, Ontario Town of Caledon, Ontario Town of Markham, Ontario Town of Niagara on the Lake, Ontario Town of Oakville, Ontario Town of Richmond Hill, Ontario Town of Stratford, Prince Edward Island

Government of Puerto Rico Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation, New York (now called The Trust for Governors Island) Greater Toronto Airport Authority Hamilton Port Authority Hartford Downtown Council, Connecticut Infrastructure Ontario Inter-American Development Bank Liverpool City Council Manchester Airport Group Manchester City Council Metrolinx National Capital Commission, Ottawa New Center Area Council, Detroit New East Manchester, U.K. NRCan

Ontario Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure – Growth Secretariat (now part of Ministry of Municipal Affairs) Ontario Ministry of Transportation Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Province de Québec Saint John Waterfront Development Corporation Singapore Housing Development Board Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority Toronto Community Housing Corporation Toronto District School Board Toronto Parking Authority Toronto Port Authority (now part of CreateTO) Toronto Transit Commission Waterfront Toronto

Canary Wharf Ltd. Capital & Counties Properties PLC Colgate Palmolive Canada Ltd. Countryside Crown Life Dupont Canada Ltd. ExCeL London, U.K. General Motors

Hyatt International Ltd. Maple Leaf Gardens Manulife Financial Rogers Communications Sun Life of Canada Torstar Ltd.

GOVERNMENT & AGENCIES Build Toronto Canada Lands Company Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Charlottetown Area Development Corporation Connecticut Capitol Region Growth Council Connecticut Department of Economics and Community Development Detroit Greater Downtown Partnership Exhibition Place, Toronto Empire State Development, NY Government of Barbados Government of Canada Government of New South Wales

PRIVATE CORPORATIONS ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centres) Aetna Life Insurance Company All Seniors Care Living Centres Bank of Montréal Bank of Nova Scotia British Land Company PLC Canada Water PLC

INSTITUTIONS Aga Khan Development Network Algonquin College Development Consortium Anishnawbe Health, Toronto Art Gallery of Ontario Bridgepoint Active Healthcare/ Sinai Health System, Toronto Brock University, St. Catharines Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Centennial College, Toronto Children’s Aid Society of Toronto Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland Gateway Foundation, St. Louis Georgian College, Barrie Gray Bruce Regional Health Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Humber River Regional Hospital, Toronto MaRS Discovery District, Toronto McMaster University, Hamilton Mount Sinai Hospital Nature Conservancy of Canada New York Institute of Technology Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Princeton University, New Jersey Queen’s University, Kingston Ramapo College Ryerson University, Toronto St. Michael’s College School Sheridan College, Brampton Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC Toronto East General Hospital Toronto French School Trinity College, Hartford

U.K. National Health Service Trust, South West London & St. George’s Mental Health, NHS Trust University of British Columbia, Vancouver University of Guelph University of Oshawa Institute of Technology University of Ottawa University of Toronto University of Toronto Scarborough University of Western Ontario University of Waterloo University of Minnesota University of Manchester Vancouver Island Health Authority Wayne State University, Detroit Wilfred Laurier University Women’s College Hospital

Gemtarra Glen Group Great Gulf Greenpark Homes GWL Realty Advisors Harhay Construction Management Ltd. Henderson Land Development Co. (Hong Kong) Hines Canada Hyatt Development Corp. Ivanhoé Cambridge Kilmer King Street West Capital Kolter Property Company Liberty Developments Lifetime Urban Development Lormel Homes Menkes Development Metrontario Ltd. Minto Construction Ltd. MOD Developments NEXXT Development Corp. North Realty Ltd. Oxford Properties Options for Homes Osmington Inc.

Pinnacle Primaris REIT QRD One Developments Quadreal Property Group Redcliff Realty RioCan Shiplake Development Siteline Developments SITQ Skyline Development Inc. Southern Grove Starlight Streetcar Developments Streetwise Capital Partners Plazacorp Properties TAS Design Build The British Land Company The Goldman Group The Greyrock Group of Companies The River Oaks Group Ltd. Triovest Verdiroc Westbank Westerkirk Westmont

DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES Amacon Allied Properties Ballymore Properties Ltd. Bentall Kennedy Brookfield Properties Cadillac Fairview Canada Lands Corporation Canada Quays Limited, UK Canderel Stoneridge Castlepoint Numa CapitaLand Corp. Choice Properties REIT Concord Adex Developments Conor Pacific Development Inc. Core Development Group DCMS Realty DIAMONDCORP Diamante Developments Dream Elad Group Fieldgate Homes First Gulf First Capital Realty Fitzrovia FRAM Building Group Freed Developments

CITIZENS & COOPERATIVE GROUPS Casey House Co-op Housing Federation of Toronto

Henvey Inlet First Nation Parkdale BIA

Rexdale Sikh Saba Tssut’ina Nation




Shenzhen Planning Bureau International Urban Design Competition International Planning

Ontario Professional Planners Institute Excellence in Planning Awards Urban/Community Design

Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Awards REBUILD Excellence in Project Development: Building Scale

Central Area of Shenshan Special Cooperation Zone

Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Merit Social Planning

Growing Up: Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities

Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Excellence International Development

Barbados Physical Development Plan Amendment

Society for College and University Planning Excellence, Merit Award Planning for an Existing Campus Princeton University 2026 Campus Master Plan

2017 Urban Land Institute Global Award of Excellence Master Planning West Don Lands Master Plan

Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Excellence Recreation Planning

Britannia Farm Master Plan Refresh

Award of Merit - City and Regional Planning Re-Imagine. Plan. Build. Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan

Alberta Professional Planners Institute Award of Planning Merit Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan

University of Ottawa Campus Master Plan

Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Excellence Urban Design

University of Ottawa Campus Master Plan

Award for Planning Excellence Merit Planning Publications

Toronto Pearson: Growth, Connectivity, Capacity

National Urban Design Award Certificate of Merit

University of Ottawa Campus Master Plan

Bridgepoint Active Healthcare

Ontario Professional Planners Institute Excellence in Planning Awards Urban/Community Design Humbertown Master Plan

Waterfront Center Excellence on the Waterfront Awards Punggol: The Sustainable Waterfront Town in the Tropics

Singapore Institute of Architects Architectural Design Awards Bidadari Estate Master Plan

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence Planning & Analysis

Alberta Professional Planners Institute Award of Merit

University of Ottawa Campus Master Plan

McKernan-Belgravia Station Area Plan


Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Excellence City & Regional Planning

Ottawa Urban Design Award of Merit Visions and Master Plans

University of Ottawa Campus Master Plan

City of Toronto Urban Design Award of Merit Private Buildings in Context – Mid-Rise Category B Street Condominium

Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Excellence Urban Design

Queen’s University Campus Master Plan

Waterloo Region Central Transit Corridor

Neighbourhood Planning Alexandra Park Revitalization Plan

Merit Award in Sustainable Mobility Transportation & Infrastructure Complete Streets for Niagara

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada National Urban Design Awards Certificate of Merit Urban Design Plans Waterloo Region Central Transit Corridor

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Regional Merit Award Orillia Downtown Tomorrow: Orillia Downtown & Waterfront Revitalization Plan




Canadian Architect Award of Excellence

Planning Institute of British Columbia Award Small Town & Rural Planning

Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Excellence

Casey House Municipal Approvals

Ontario Professional Planners Institute Excellence in Planning Awards Urban/Community Design

University of Guelph Campus Master Plan

Research/New Directions Downtown Toronto Tall Buildings Study

Municipal Statutory Planning Studies, Reports & Documents Downtown Guelph Secondary Plan

Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Excellence Merit Awards Rural/Small Town Planning Orillia Downtown & Waterfront Revitalization Plan

Urban Design Eglinton Crosstown Design Framework

Comox Valley Regional Growth Strategy

Alberta Urban Municipal Association Innovator Communities Award

City of Red Deer Environmental Master Plan

Atlantic Planners Institute Award for Excellence Physical Plan & Design

Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Excellence

Society of American Architects Medallion of Honor Award Design Excellence Society of Registered American Architects, Medallion of Honour Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects National Honour Award Planning & Analysis

Transit-Supportive Guidelines for Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation

Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators Willis Award for Innovation

Plan SJ - Saint John’s New Municipal Plan

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Regional Merit Award

Public Space and Streetscape Master Plan for Etobicoke Centre

Urban Design

Cornell Comprehensive Campus Master Plan

Honourable Mention Neighbourhood Planning Bridgepoint Health Master Plan

Planning Studies/Reports

Honourable Mention - City and Regional Planning

Ontario Professional Planners Institute Excellence in Planning Awards Communications/Public Education

Brantford Downtown Vision & Masterplan


Planning Publications

Plan SJ - Saint John’s New Municipal Plan

Planning Studies

Ontario Professional Planners Institute Excellence in Planning Awards

Ontario Professional Planners Award for Excellence in Planning

Transit-Supportive Guidelines for Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation

The Big Move Regional Transit Plan

Eastern Gateway Waterfront Master Plan, Charlottetown, PEI

Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York


Transportation & Infrastructure

The Plan for Kerr Village, Oakville

Ottawa Escarpment Area District Plan

U.S. International Film & Video Festival Award Certificate for Creative Excellence Vaughan Tomorrow: A Vision for Transformation

Ottawa Escarpment Area District Plan

Communications & Public Education Vaughan Tomorrow: A Vision for Transformation

Heart & Stroke Foundation Healthy Communities Award Ottawa Escarpment Area District Plan

American Planning Association New York State Chapter, Award of Excellence Cornell Comprehensive Campus Master Plan

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Award - Regional Honour Cornell Comprehensive Campus Master Plan

2008 Design Exchange Award of Excellence for Urban Design Cornell Comprehensive Campus Master Plan

Niagara Community Design Awards for Policy and Plans The Queenston Secondary Plan, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Urban Land Institute Global Awards for Excellence National Ballet School of Canada/Radio City, Toronto

Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Excellence Urban Design

Gateway Park Master Plan, St. Louis, MO

Neighbourhood Planning

The City of St. Paul Central Corridor Development Strategy

2007 City of Toronto Urban Design Awards

Greater Toronto Homebuilders/ Urban Development Institute Low Rise Project of the Year Don Mount Court Redevelopment

American Planning Association Daniel Burnham Award Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Public Outreach Award Youngstown Ohio Vision

Ontario Professional Planners Institute Excellence in Planning Awards

Canada’s Capital: Core Area Sector Plan

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Award Planning and Analysis Downtown Ottawa Urban Design Strategy 2020

London Planning Awards

Saint John Inner Harbour Land Use Plan and Implementation Strategy

Waterfront Center Honor Award

Leonard Gertler Award of Distinction

Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Excellence Environmental Planning

Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

International Development

Lower Don Valley Vision & Master Plan, Sheffield

Canadian Institute of Planners Paul Bedford Awards for Planning Excellence

Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Excellence

American Planning Association Minnesota Chapter, Honor Award

King Edward Precinct Strategy, University of Ottawa Campus Master Plan

Downtown Ottawa Urban Design Strategy 2020



Ontario Professional Planners Institute Excellence in Planning Award

American Society of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence Planning and Analysis

Saint John Inner Harbour Land Use Plan and Implementation Strategy Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Master Plan

National Ballet School of Canada/Radio City, Toronto

The City of St. Paul Central Corridor Development Strategy


Silvertown Quays Masterplan and Design Code

Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Excellence Silvertown Quays Masterplan and Design Code

American Planning Association New York Upstate Chapter Outstanding Planning Award Niagara Falls Strategic Master Plan

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Master Plan Ontario Professional

2003 Planners Institute Excellence in Planning Awards Brock University Campus Plan Transformation AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) Open House

Congress for New Urbanism Charter Award

Sarasota 2050 (with Glatting Jackson)

2002 Canadian Institute of Planners Peter Bloodoff Award for Planning Excellence Making Waves: Principles for Building Toronto’s Waterfront




American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award

Ontario Professional Planners Institute Professional Merit Award

Credit Valley Conservation Authority Merit Award

University of Toronto Open Space Master Plan

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects National and Regional Merit Award University of Toronto Open Space Master Plan

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects National and Regional Merit Award University of Toronto Open Space Master Plan

Ontario Professional Planners Institute Awards Excellence in Planning

Vision for the Redevelopment of the Queen Street Site, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Central District Outstanding Planning Award and Provincial Professional Merit Award Reinvesting in Toronto: What the Competition is Doing

2000 American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award St. Louis Downtown Plan

American Planning Association Outstanding Planning Award South Carolina Chapter

Charleston Downtown Plan

Special Community Initiative The Learning Corridor, Hartford, CT

City of Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Award

Canada Life Assurance Head Office Campus Master Plan, Toronto

American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award The Barbados National Park Plan, Barbados

Canadian Institute of Planners International Grand Price for Excellence Environmental Management and Land Use Planning for Sustainable Development, Barbados

1998 Ontario Professional Planners Institute Outstanding Planning Award Oakville Uptown Core, Ontario

1997 American Planning Association, Distinguished Planning Project Award Minnesota Chapter

Saint Paul on the Mississippi Development Framework, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Waterfront Center Top Honor for Excellence on the Waterfront Award Saint Paul on the Mississippi Development Framework, Saint Paul, Minnesota


Toronto Waterfront Plan

Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence

Making Choices: Guidelines for Alternative Development Standards

Montgomery Village, Orangeville, Ontario

1994 Toronto Arts Award for Architecture and Design Urban Strategies Inc.

Ontario Professional Planners Institute Honour Award for Planning Excellence Speke-Garston Regeneration Plan, Liverpool, UK England Peel Regional Structure Study, Ontario

1993 Canadian Institute of Planners Awards for Planning Excellence Morrison Common Community Plan, Oakville, Ontario

Honourable Mention

University of Waterloo Campus Master Plan, Ontario

Canadian Architect Award

Faubourg Quebec Community Plan, Montreal, Quebec

American Institute of Planners Outstanding Planning Award Progressive Architecture Citation

1992 Canadian Institute of Planners Honour Award

Guidelines for the Reurbanization of Metropolitan Toronto

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