Community planning is the keystone of our consultancy. Every day colleagues at our Vancouver, Calgary, and Victoria offices study land issues at many levels – individual properties, campuses, neighbourhoods, main streets, urban centres, rural communities and regions. We work collaboratively with municipal governments, First Nations, institutions and private businesses to develop community-wide plans, area and structure plans, public realm designs, housing strategies, regulatory bylaws, strategic plans, program evaluations, and governance reviews.
Working with urban and rural communities of all sizes is the backbone of community planning. Our projects have included legislatively-required plans, as well as policy and strategic plans, as well as regulatory bylaws that are adopted by a Council or Board. We also provide regular or ongoing advice to smaller municipalities who require assistance in reviewing subdivision and rezoning applications.
At CitySpaces, we believe that planning is first about people – their quality of life, a decent income, equal access to education, health and jobs, and opportunities for those who are challenged by personal physical and mental distress. Our interests attracts us to housing and health non-profit clients who require third-party program evaluations or advice on new initiatives, and municipalities that require research and advice on specific social planning issues (e.g., age-friendly planning, mobility and accessibility) and housing.
CitySpaces has several planners and landscape architects who bring their experience and talents to many of our community planning and development consulting projects. Additionally, this group is becoming more widely known for its skills, and is increasingly being called on to undertake specific urban design projects, particularly in smaller municipalities without in-house capability. Techniques include charrettes, hand and computer-assisted plans and illustrations, online engagement, photography and videography.
Knowledge and experience of planning legislation is an essential component of land use planning. Policy provides a guiding framework, but it is in the details of regulatory bylaws (e.g., zoning, land use, tax incentive) and other measures (subdivision, variance) that must set out clear and consistent rules about development. CitySpaces’ specialists in the legal side of planning are sought out for their skills and experience.