Fort Saskatchewan Downtown

Fort Saskatchewan

City of Fort Saskatchewan

2013 to present


SvN is currently working with the City of Fort Saskatchewan to update their Downtown Land Use Bylaw. In 2009, the City of Fort Saskatchewan Council approved the Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (DARP) to provide a long term vision for its downtown to improve its image, attract investments and promote walkability. The Downtown Land Use Bylaw Update project seeks to review and revise specific sections in the Land Use Bylaw to implement the new vision established in the DARP. The project includes extensive stakeholder consultation using methods such as stakeholder interviews, online surveys, focus group sessions, multistakeholder workshops and open house sessions. The new Bylaw will seek to establish new downtown specific land use districts with revised use classes, development standards and urban design regulations.

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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.
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 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.