Land Use Planning & GIS

EcoPlan has years of experience working with local governments, First Nations, and non-profits and NGOs to develop land use plans, master plans, facility development plans, and neighbourhood development plans. We offer GIS mapping and our entire kit of community engagement and communication tools to support:

• Regional Growth Strategies
• Land Use Plans
• Development visualizations
• Growth capacity analysis
• Scenario modelling
• Facility siting
• Highest and Best Use Studies
• Site planning and Feasibility studies
• Village and neighbourhood plans
• Transportation and mobility plans

 

Our Approach

Driven by Community Values: Every community is different. We start by listening to community members to find out what is important. Then, we use the values that we identify through this process as a framework to prioritize actions that are appropriate, feasible, and broadly supported. 

Based on Local Knowledge: We work with local people who know their communities and regions and are well positioned to generate practical ideas that make the best use of local assets. We then tap into, organize, and evaluate this local knowledge, using methods and tools from structured decision making to focus investment and energy where it will have the strongest impact.

Expert Supported: We step in where expertise is needed by providing rigorous analysis, cutting-edge research, innovative ideas and over 20 years of experience in the field. We have found that top-down, expert-directed planning approaches work only in unique circumstances and typically do not produce the results communities and clients need for success.

Pragmatic and Effective: Great strategies are strategies that get implemented. We hate to see strategies that are nothing more than laundry lists gathering dust on a shelf. Our approach ensures that the people who will be implementing the plan are involved throughout its development, and that the plan lays out the implementation architecture (i.e., who will be doing what, when). We can also provide supplementary services during implementation, such as project management and coaching. We call this “surge capacity”.

Guidebooks, Toolkits and Publications

Siting Major Public Facilities: Facts, Values and Accountability
Journal of Urban Planning and Development

Health Impact Assessment Guidebook and Toolkit
Metro Vancouver, PlanH

Awards

Tla’amin Land Use Plan
2010 Planning Institute of B.C. Award for Excellence in Comprehensive Planning & Policy

Cowichan Tribes Community Transportation Plan and Mobility Plan
2016 Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence in Aboriginal Community Planning