2009 Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Excellence
Brantford Downtown Vision and Masterplan (2006 – 2008)
Urban Strategies was appointed to lead a Community Visioning exercise to establish a master plan for how this mid-sized city’s downtown should evolve and continue to build on recent investments.
The study provided the necessary tools, such as design guidelines, regulatory changes, infrastructure modifications and an implementation plan to guide private and public sector investment towards the realization of the master plan. To ensure that the proposed vision, related masterplan and the wider decisions around growth and urban change were supported and brought forward, on-going consultation was a critical component of the process.
Since its official endorsement by Council in June, 2008 a number of positive initiatives have been announced. Harmony Square, the main civic space for the City, has opened, the Arts Block has found a home, the YMCA has announced plans to build on Colborne Street, and Laurier University has expressed interest in expanding its presence within the Downtown.
Colborne Street Public Consultation Workshops (2009 – 2011)
In recent years, the City of Brantford has pursued an impressive program of physical improvements across its downtown, including streetscape upgrades, new open spaces, heritage restoration and institutional growth. Urban Strategies was retained by the City to undertake three separate consultation workshops.
The goal of these workshops was to explore options with the local community on the form and function of Colborne Street. Colborne Street is one of two historic Main Streets in the heart of downtown Brantford. This street is about to undergo significant changes and Urban Strategies was asked to test with the community each of the potential options for the streets reconfiguration. These included conversion of Colborne Street from a one way to a two way street, introduction of a transit priority corridor, removal of all parking, removal of partial parking and the introduction of on-street cycle lanes.
The public consultation involved a formal presentation (prepared by Urban Strategies) of all options, a group discussion and then a series of round table discussions groups (up to 10 people per table), facilitated by the Urban Strategies team. In total, approximately 40 to 50 members of the community participated in each workshop event. The Mayor of Brantford along with his City Councilors and city staff also participated in the event. Feedback and reporting from each of the tables provided a priority list for the future form and function of Colborne Street. For each event, a summary report was prepared and circulated to Council for review.
Canada Square is a 3.7 hectare (9.1 acre) site located at the intersection of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue.
Charleston Downtown Plan
Significant growth in tourism and institutional expansion, while positive economic signs, were threatening the quality of life in downtown Charleston.
RioCan Colossus Master Plan2020 - Present
Loch-Sloy Business Park and Picton Airport Lands Revitalization2021 - present
Weston Park2021 - present
CF Sherway Gardens Mall Intensification
Creating a new community around a regionally-significant shopping mall
50-64 Merton Street
High-quality mixed-use development to contribute to a complete community in the Davisville Neihbourhood
101 Spadina Avenue
An exciting new mixed-use development that will deliver additional public parkland, retail and high-density residential units in the King-Spadina neighbourhood.