Our clients rely on CitySpaces to navigate planning processes from the earliest stages of a project – concept design and business case planning – through the complexities of securing local, provincial and federal development approvals, including rezonings and development permits. Uniquely among planning consultancies, we have extensive development consulting experience and a full-suite of capabilities at our Victoria and Vancouver offices to manage the renovation or new construction of residential, health, education, and sport facilities.
We work with school boards, advanced educational institutions, and non-profit organizations in the arts, culture, health and sports sectors. This involves developing a project concept that meets our clients’ needs, testing its viability, and preparing a business case that is submitted to obtain funding and other approvals.
CitySpaces has developed a process that supports the client in completion of all the key elements of a business case. This includes visioning, consultation, programming coordination, demonstrating need, conceptual drawings, costing, capital and operating budgets, alignment analysis, risk analysis, scheduling, and construction procurement.
Our personnel bring a practical, field-tested approach to business planning stemming from many years experience. Successful examples include Kitsilano Secondary School (Project Definition Report) which resulted in the Government of British Columbia advancing $57.8M to the Vancouver School Board, the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence at ($28M) and the Centre for Trades Education and Innovation ($29M) at Victoria’s Camosun College, and the Pacific Autism Family Centre ($29M) in Metro Vancouver.
We work for non-profit societies and educational, sport and health institutions, who do not have the personnel with experience, skills or capacity to take on the responsibility of client-specific program planning, building and site design, securing municipal approvals, keeping minutes and records, issuing tenders, reviewing change orders, and coordinating the construction process within budget and timeframe. These are multi-year processes.
Site-specific development consulting usually is undertaken for one owner, or a prospective buyer. We create options for development, and assessing their financial viability, community acceptability, and the likelihood of securing municipal government approvals. In most situations, either a subdivision or rezoning approval is needed, along with development guidelines that ensure adherence to the adopted plan.
Master planning involves working with several land owners to develop a land use and servicing plan. This includes coordinating planners, geotechnical, civic and transportation engineers, and landscape architects, and undertaking environmental assessments, feasibility studies and community amenities assessments. These are complex, multi-year processes, always involving extensive community consultation.