Amman Master Plan

Location
Amman, Jordan

Client
Greater Amman Municipality

Date
2006 to 2011

Overview

The population of Amman, the capital city of Jordan, is forecasted to triple over the next 20 years. In September 2006, the firm was appointed by the municipality to help plan for this growth and address various pressing urban development issues within the Amman Master Plan. The Amman Master Plan comprises a series of interconnected elements: a Metropolitan Growth Plan to direct growth within the recently amalgamated Greater Amman Municipality, improve transportation and servicing and conserve resources; a series of Amman Area Plans with detailed land use, density allocation, transportation, services and phasing consistent with municipal master plans and official plans; an Interim Growth Strategy as the first phase in creating high density mixed use communities to divert high density development pressure away from Amman’s historic neighbourhoods; Corridor Intensification Plan to improve development approvals along Amman’s major corridors and intersections; Industrial Lands Strategy to guide long term location and servicing of Amman’s employment lands; and a series of community plans that in addition to providing zoning and height allocations provide detailed public realm improvements for various intensification and expansion areas in the city. The planning process utilized a bio-regional approach to preserve and enhance the natural heritage system vital to the sustainability of the capital region. The plans are anchored by a new Zoning By-Law that ensures consistent regulatory oversight and introduces new building typologies and land use provisions. We worked with the City on establishing a one-stop-shop for development approvals and staff training to ensure future approvals are in keeping with the intent of the plans.

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We provide feasibility planning, development advisory and approvals risk management for public and private clients. As an interdisciplinary team that contributes to the design and architecture of a project, we are able to identify risks in early design development and conceptual site layout stages. We help to shape and form the thinking on site layout and building design in a way that reduces and minimizes the amount of approvals required. We give our clients a comprehensive view of planning approval milestones within the project's life cycle, so they can anticipate the timing and resources required to support various approvals within the overall construction schedule.
We undertake site analysis studies, from site scale up to secondary plan scales.  We work with developers and public agencies such as Build Toronto and Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation to complete due diligence and Highest and Best Use Studies for their lands. 
We develop community sustainability plans, environmental management plans and climate change adaptation plans for public, private and non-profit sectors.We have focused extensively on the displacement and resettlement of communities affected by natural disasters, wars, conflicts and poverty.
We apply our thorough understanding of the provincial and municipal regulatory context to develop studies and public policy instruments for local, provincial and federal governments and First Nations. These include: zoning by-laws, official plans, municipal development plans, local official plans, secondary plans, neighbourhood plans, and urban design guidelines.
Housing is a core focus of our business. We design innovative and adaptable buildings and master plans that respond to the immediate and future housing needs of diverse communities and all levels of income. We have a history of initiating and realizing housing projects that fill critical gaps in the market, and that are sensitive and adaptable to evolving cultures and contexts.
We prepare comprehensive plans for new communities ranging from high-density urban infill projects in areas subject to intensification, through to responsible greenfield development. Starting with an assessment of the local environment, we develop plans and designs that build on the history of the site, while identifying opportunities for sustainable growth.
We prepare detailed Design Guidelines for municipalities in order to advance the policies, goals and objectives of Official Plans and Official Community Plans, specifically those related to the design of streets, parks, open spaces and buildings. We apply our combined technical and design expertise to the creation of effective and comprehensive guidelines.
Our team conducts research and creates strategy for government and non-government clients on a wide range of economic development issues. This includes strengthening, broadening and diversifying the economic base of regions, cities and towns and accelerating development through improvements to land use, urban design, planning policy and governance.
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 consult with a range of public sector clients on improving institutional capacity and core skills training in planning, development review and approvals, municipal governance, and corporate change management related to planning processes.