Seaton Prestige Employment Subdivision

Location
Pickering

Client
Infrastructure Ontario

Date
2010 to present

Overview

SvN has been leading a team to prepare plans and manage the approvals process for Neighbourhood Plans and draft Plans of Subdivision for the provincially owned lands in the Seaton Urban Area in north Pickering. The draft Plan of Subdivision for the Neighbourhood 21 (N21) Phase 1 Employment Lands was the first draft plan from this set of plans that was submitted as an application to the City of Pickering.
The N21 Phase 1 Employment Lands are located along the north and south sides of Highway 407 and provide a mix of uses, including over 25 blocks for Prestige Node and Prestige General employment land uses, as well as a transit-way station. The draft plan also includes stormwater management facilities, new municipal roads and open space blocks which including an extensive natural heritage system that integrates a trail network to provide connections within N21 and to the adjacent residential and mixed use neighbourhoods. The application for this Plan of Subdivision includes an application for a zoning by-law amendment to permit the implementation of the Plan. A public meeting was held in early 2012 to present the plan to the public. SvN acted as an expert witness for Infrastructure Ontario at the Ontario Municipal Board to successfully obtain approval for the plan.

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Expertise

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 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.
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.
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 engage stakeholders in every planning process we lead. In complex cases, we facilitate a round-table dialogue process with key stakeholders to create a common understanding of issues, concerns and opportunities. We apply our technical expertise and to these consensus-based decision-making processes, identifying clear and actionable planning priorities. This innovative approach has been recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners, which awarded our work in Thompson, Manitoba with the Award for Planning Excellence, in 2014.