Urban design & planning services

Background research

  • Compilation and review of relevant planning documents (OP, Zoning, CIP, etc.)
  • Site visit to document neighbourhood context and conditions
  • Review potential development constraints & opportunities
  • Examination of nearby sites that may affect the development of the property

Concept plan development

  • Preparation of a scalable base plan for design purposes
  • Obtain any existing drawings
  • Coordinate legal and topographic survey
  • Preparation of scalable existing cross section(s) where required
  • Explore various development options in sketch form for discussion purposes
  • Discussions with owners, municipal staff and others regarding the various options
  • Preparation of a “preferred” development concept plan including building concepts

Precon meeting

  • Application for and attendance at Pre-consultation meetings
  • Negotiation of approval requirements
  • Review precon notes and provide recommendations
  • Revisions to preliminary site and building drawings based on Pre-con process
  • Attendance and input into discussions with the owners, municipal staff and others related to the preferred concept including such matters as fire routes, servicing, grading & garbage collection.

Planning approvals

  • Preparation of final Site Plan for minor variances, re-zoning & Site Plan Approval
  • Preparation of the Draft Plan of Subdivision, or Draft Plan of Condominium
  • Preparation of the Planning Justification Report (PJR)
  • Applications for Re-zoning, Minor Variances, Site Plan Approval and Draft Plan of Subdivision/Condominium
  • Preparation of renderings & Power Point presentations to be used for the approval process
  • Participation into Urban Design & Planning issues emanating from other aspects of the development process (architecture, engineering, landscape design etc.)
  • Revisions to Site Plan, Draft Plan, concept building plans, PJR during approval process
  • Preparation for and presentations to public meetings for DPA, SPA, Re-zoning and/or Minor Variances
  • Prepare As-built Site Plan
  • General planning advice during the process.
  • Planning post-development review

Appeal process

  • Preparation of appeal application to OLT
  • Collaboration with legal representation
  • Provide expert planning testimony
  • Monitor appeal decision and advise client
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