Leola Village

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Discovery Homes

2016 to present


SvN is working with the Catholic Church, Notre Dame De L’Assomption, Discovery Homes and Gateway Construction and Engineering to design and construct Leola Village, a 32-unit housing development on the Church property in Transcona, Winnipeg. Transcona was developed within the City Beautiful movement and contains a wealth of green space. In a neighbourhood primarily populated with post-war single-family homes, Leola Village provides an alternate housing form for first time buyers and long term residents looking to stay in their neighborhood.

The stacked townhouse typology provides a substantial number of family sized units while gently densifying an underutilized piece of land. Each unit enjoys generous private outdoor space. Common landscaped areas encourage community interaction through thoughtful design. Enhanced acoustic separation and strategically oriented windows provide the privacy typically available in a single-family home. This development addresses the City’s planning ambitions to diversify available housing types in the City within an established, mature community.

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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 provide comprehensive support for approvals under the Planning Act that includes: the creation of clear, high quality documentation for amendments to official plans, zoning bylaws and building codes; producing planning applications and planning rationale reports; and representing our clients at Ontario Municipal Board hearings.
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.