Sustainable Halton Growth Management Study (2007 – 2009)
As part of Halton Region’s ongoing efforts to respond to the evolving Provincial Policy context, Urban Strategies Inc., in association with Amos Environmental, undertook a study to develop a ‘Made in Halton’ Growth Management Strategy that addresses the policies and targets contained in the Provincial Growth Plan (2006), and is reflective of the attributes of the Region and each of its constituent communities. An important component of realizing a comprehensive strategy involves broad-based, multi-level and extensive consultation process throughout the duration of the project. The completion of the Growth Management Strategy has resulted in the creation of Official Plan Policy that establishes a sustainable context to direct future growth and development in the Region.
Regional Road Right-of-Way Guidelines (2009 – 2010)
In the fall of 2009 Urban Strategies and GHD prepared Regional Road Right-of-Way 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.
Shenshan Special Cooperation Zone
Urban Strategies won an international Urban Design competition for Central Area of Shenshan Special Cooperation Zone. leading a multi-disciplinary team including SHDT (Shenzhen) and JET Design (Toronto).
Urban Strategies is providing urban planning expertise related to master planning, policy, and the regulatory framework.