Community Design

Employing a full-suite of urban design and land use modeling tools, EcoPlan provides the information that communities, partners and stakeholders need to explore, visualize and make smart decisions about their future. We utilize 3D and animated visualizations, mapping, scenario modeling, and land use build-out analyses to explore:

• Infill and densification
• Site planning
• Design and development guidelines
• Green neighbourhoods
• Low impact development and sustainable infrastructure

Our Approach

We partner with cities, towns, regions and First Nations to imagine, evaluate and implement creative and effective strategies. This is how we do it:

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

Regional District of Nanaimo – Nodal Development Guidebook

Planning Healthy Communities Fact Sheets

Awards

We Are of One Heart and Mind: Musqueam Comprehensive Community Plan
2011 Planning Institute of B.C. Award for Excellence in Planning Practice