2007 American Planning Association Daniel Burnham Award
2007 Canadian Institute of Planning Award of Excellence
Urban Strategies was a major contributor to the development of a growth management plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region of Ontario. This mega-region of 110 different municipal jurisdictions (with Toronto at its centre), 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. It is Ontario’s economic engine, accounting for 70% of Ontario’s – and 30% of Canada’s – Gross Domestic Product.
The Plan aims to revitalize downtowns across the region; create complete communities that offer more options for living, working, shopping and playing; curb sprawl and protect farmland and green spaces; and reduce traffic gridlock. The Plan is well integrated with other government initiatives including the Greenbelt Plan, the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority, Planning Act Reform, and reform of the Ontario Municipal Board, and included exemplary extensive public engagement, consultation, and participation. The Growth Plan sets the stage for growth management throughout the region, as official plans for municipalities in the region must be brought into conformity with the growth plan within three years of its adoption.
Urban Strategies was part of an advisory Smart Growth Panel, starting in 1998. We prepared two background reports for the Draft Growth Plan: the Land-Use Intensification Targets report concentrated on the issues pertaining to intensification targets in the Greater Golden Horseshoe; and the Research and Policy Options for Employment Lands examined national and international precedents in order to develop policy recommendations for the finalized Growth Plan.
After approval of the Growth Plan, we provided consulting services for identification of the approximate size and location of each Urban Growth Centre in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. This report creates a higher level of consistency and provides municipalities with clear principles and criteria that can be applied to all centres in the region.
For three years, Urban Strategies facilitated a series of youth charrettes on the topic of Downtown Growth Planning And Intensification, specifically related to Places to Grow. Over six weeks, 48 young people aged 16 and 17, from eight urban growth centres across the Greater Golden Horseshoe participated in this pilot project by modeling their 30-year plans for the regeneration and redevelopment of their downtowns. In 2011, Urban Strategies conducted interviews and compiled Places to Grow progress assessments for ten municipalities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe that contributed to a five-year progress report: “How is the Growth Plan Working So Far”.
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.