Melanie’s practice builds on her understanding of sustainable city building, community dynamics, urban form and economic realities to work with clients to create compelling, yet implementation focused, solutions to a variety of city building opportunities. She leads the firm’s sustainability practice, and takes an active role in transit supportive development planning, brownfield redevelopment, sustainable cities and growth management.
Melanie has led many of the firm’s transit planning and TOD projects including the Waterloo Region’s Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategy, Calgary’s Northwest Transit Corridor and Edmonton’s 104th Avenue Transit Corridor. She is currently leading concurrent station area planning for the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. In the City of Saint Paul, she led the Central Corridor LRT Development Strategy and 10 Station Area Plans along the corridor. She and Craig Lametti are currently co-leading the innovative GGH Multimodal Study for the Ministry of Transportation, which has a 50-year planning horizon. She has also contributed to transit initiatives and policy frameworks in Toronto including the Downtown Relief Line, Toronto’s Waterfront Secondary Plan, West Donlands and Villiers Island Precinct Plans. She has a thorough understanding of the City’s planning approval process having led the development approvals for complex urban development including West Donlands, River City and Galleria Mall.
Melanie’s work in municipal environmental master plans is focused on helping clients establish priorities, set targets and implement sustainable practices as an integral element of the planning process from the earliest stages. Projects such as Brampton Environmental Master Plan, Red Deer Environmental Master Plan and the Toronto Waterfront Plan, which outline a comprehensive Sustainability Framework, draw on this expertise. She has worked extensively on Growth Plan and Greenbelt policy, including for the Ontario Growth Secretariat in preparation of the province’s Places to Grow policy. She has applied her understanding of the Growth Plan directions in preparation of the Region of Durham Growth Strategy and in places such as Bronte and Kerr Villages in Oakville. In Alberta, she has led a Growth Plan Update for the Capital Region Board.
Melanie is a skilled facilitator, a role she utilizes regularly in her projects and has extensive experience engaging youth through targeted consultation programs.