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‘Dundas Connects’ Growth, Transit & Engagement Lessons at CIP 2017

SvN’s Urban Design Lead Shonda WangSenior Planner Alex Heath, AECOM and Swerhun Facilitation will be at the CIP/APPI 2017 Annual Conference: Building Resilience, presenting lessons learned from our work on Dundas Connects. The joint presentation with the City of Edmonton, ‘Transportation Plans: Case studies from Edmonton and Mississauga’, will explore public engagement, shifting transportation demands and preferences, land use, and accommodating growth. The session will take place from 11:00am–12:15pm on Monday, June 19.

Some key questions that the session will address include:

  • How can we engage in a visionary process but also inform citizens so that they understand the long term implications of decisions?
  • How can public engagement be balanced with technical information to inform decision making?
  • How can we continuously improve our approach to engagement so that it is meaningful to citizens and useful for policy makers?
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of professionals and citizens to understanding local values?

Mississauga and the surrounding region is growing. Dundas Connects is the long-term, future-oriented Master Plan for the Dundas Corridor to manage this growth. The plan will shape the future look and feel of Dundas, focusing on transit, land use, and public space.

The Dundas Connects engagement process was designed to ensure that the Mississauga community would have an integral contribution to the development of a future Dundas corridor that better reflects their needs. The study engaged nearly 10,000 residents through sixty different events, an online engagement platform, eight interactive digital tools, and various forms of social media. This strategy enabled outreach to typically underrepresented groups such as youth and newcomers, and has piloted the future approach to engagement for Mississauga planning projects.

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We have a long history of planning and designing the public realm of cities, including streets, building facades, public places, the space between buildings and open spaces. Our team has pioneered significant aspects of the “complete streets” concept, demonstrated through landmark projects like the St. George Street Revitalization, the Bloor Street Transformation and the Six Point Interchange Reconstruction.
Our team conducts engagement processes with clients, end-users and members of the community to understand existing conditions, identify options, negotiate solutions and secure the support of public and funding agencies. We use innovative graphic and modelling tools to illustrate architectural, urban design and planning visions to clients, stakeholders, regulators, potential investors and the public.
We plan and design multi-modal transit hubs and corridors including station area plans, LRT corridors, transit stations and border crossings. We take a systems approach to the planning and design of infrastructure, integrating multiple development priorities while preserving and enhancing the quality of the overall landscape. Key projects include the Fort Erie Gateway Master Plan and the Allen District Urban Guidelines & District Plan.