In 2013 Urban Strategies, in partnership with ISL Engineering and Land Services, was retained by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to prepare a new land use bylaw. The municipality covers a large area in northern Alberta and contains the rapidly growing city of Fort McMurray, a number of hamlets, a large portion of the Athabasca oil sands and associated work camps. The Region was interested in developing an innovative new land use bylaw that combined traditional zoning with the concept of a form based code. Urban Strategies provided detailed built form regulations and graphic illustrations to create a user-friendly bylaw that sets a framework for good design. Urban Strategies also introduced the concept of overlays that can be used to add additional guidance for certain types of areas within the municipality and help to implement policy such as Area Structure Plans and Outline Plans. The four types of overlays we introduced are Neighbourhood Nodes, for local mixed-use shopping areas; Community Nodes, for mixed-use shopping areas with a larger catchment area; Business Nodes, for new or evolving employment areas; and Hamlet Nodes, for hamlets such as Anzac that are anticipated to experience rapid growth.
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.