Planning & Analysis

Markham Environmental Policy Review

Markham, Ontario
Schollen & Company Inc.

The project breaks new ground in the realm of environmental and land use planning because it establishes within Markham the vision for a natural heritage network (NHN) that is designed to expand upon existing features and functions within the objective of offsetting the anticipated impacts of future urbanization within the Town. The Environmental Policy Review and Consolidation (EPRC) will establish a system of protected lands with a view to ensuring that a healthy, diverse and functional natural heritage system persists within the Town for generations to come. The NHN to be realized through the implementation of the policy framework set out in the EPRC is comprised not only of existing natural heritage features but also includes tive new “core areas of biodiversity” and inter-subwatershed connectors to be established on presently largely unforested lands.

The EPRC will be implemented through an amendment to the Town’s Official Plan.


Escarpment Area District Plan

Ottawa, Ontario
Urban Strategies Inc.

The Ottawa Escarpment Area District Plan exemplifies the importance of creating sustainable living environments. The plan emphasises and promotes innovative development with provisions for heritage conservation, parks, open spaces and community gardens, and connections to public transit.

This Plan was a consensus driven vision. The team gathered insights from neighbourhood groups, the Plan’s public advisory committee, stakeholder interviews, as well as the broader public, and used these insights as a basis for the planning process. The result is a vision which positions this area for future opportunities by creating a strong foundation for the introduction of new development and park spaces, thereby better integrating the Escarprnent District with the Downtown, adjacent neighbourhoods, and national open spaces and waterway systems.

Finally, the plan was approved by Ottawa City Council on December 10, 2008.


Bruce to Milton Transmission Reinforcement Project

Bruce Nuclear Complex to Milton Switching Station, Ontario
Todhunter Associates and Hydro One Environmental Services and Approvals (Joint Venture)

1. The Visual inventory and Analysis in the Bruce to Milton Environmental Assessment (EA) directly impacted route alternatives in the early routing stages ofthe project in an effort to avoid sensitive landscape features and specilic receptors (residences, significant view points).
2. State of the art digital terrain modelling and graphic representations indicating pre and post development conditions at critical route locations were developed. These models! representations were influential in gaining environmental and developmental approvals necessary for locating towers within the Niagara Escarpment Plan lands.
3. Given the importance ofthe Niagara Escarpment as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, a visual assessment addressing specific issues relating to alternative transmission line routing, views along the Bruce Trail, tower design alternatives and site specific pre & post development simulations.
4. The methodology and analysis process was easily conveyed and understood during Public Agency Workshops and at Public Information Centres.
5. The Landscape and Visual Assessment study will become a template for future energy projects in the Province of Ontario as it is well suited to the overall streamlined EA process and it is in accordance with Provincial Policy Statements.