Community land use planning is often undertaken as if it is an isolated, single-purpose, physical planning exercise. We advocate the inclusion of well-designed social/cultural, economic development and environmental components. Another element too often undervalued is the need to achieve community involvement and buy-in during the planning process.
It is vitally important to take a long-term view in preparing, and particularly implementing community plans, rather than fall victim to short term thinking. Secondly, while the Community Plan is first and foremost for local residents, it is strategically important to understand the needs and expectations of the investors, future residents and tourists the community is aiming to attract for its future development.
Approximately fifty Municipal Plans, in addition to Development Schemes and Development Regulations have been completed for Councils, land owners and agencies. This has included the development of comprehensive policies, zoning regulations and development schemes.
In addition to the private sector, our Community clients have stretched from northern Labrador to Newfoundland's south coast.
We have undertaken a wide range of plans that address regional and infrastructure issues. Examples include: environmental impact assessments (Land and Resource Use Component, Hibernia EIS), industrial development schemes (Octagon Pond Industrial Development Scheme), port infrastructure plans (Newfoundland and Labrador Ports Master Plan) and locational analyses (TCH Route Evaluation, Town of Pasadena).