Master Planning - Integrating for Livability 

Central Lonsdale Planning Study

City of North Vancouver 

Project Type

Master Planning + Density Bonusing for Rental Housing Policy + Feasibility Study

Employer

Urban Design + Planning  Project Lead  

City of North Vancouver 

Role

Urban Design + Planning Project Lead

Central Lonsdale Planning Study was an urban design/master planning feasibility study, working with in-house expertise on proformas, land value for density bonusing for cost-free non-market + market rental housing construction, demographic + housing stats. Developed massing, floor plate and urban design scenarios on where to locate the density within the study boundaries of  23rd Street down to 8th Street  +St. Georges Ave to Chesterfield Ave. 8 month process.

Results included:

-Capacity building for 12 member Council Appointed Steering Committee on planning tools + concepts on zoning wrt Official Community Plan, social diversity, the need for housing verity + affordability, what density bonusing is, snap shot of current housing stock + future projections, principles of pedestrian oriented streetscape design + retail success, parking reductions, TOD etc..

-Steering Committee returned a near unanimous recommendation to Council on density + building form.

-Public realm + open space planning for amenity  hubs along Lonsdale Avenue as Ceremonial Gateways, Destination Greenways/Playspace, Seniors Gathering + Outdoor Brown Bag, Transportation/Multi-modal + Info, Office + Outdoor Brown Bag 

-Side Street + Laneway amenity + character programming for residential streets, greenways, bikeways and transportation  

Off-Grid Eco-Pocket Neighbourhood,

Fraser Valley

Project Type

24 Unit Seniors Rental Housing Subsidized by Live/Work Strata Cottages:

Master Plan + Feasibility Study

Developer/Client

Confidential  

Role

Urban Design + Master Planning Project Lead

Off-Grid Eco-Pocket Neighbourhood Preliminary Feasibility Study for a Master Planned 24 Unit Seniors Rental Housing Subsided by Strata Cottages  

Results included:

-Site SWOT analysis

-Target demographic: Empty Nesters downsizing, from Lower Mainland, to a range of one bedroom + home office to two bedroom + home office cottage in a low maintenance, woodland/xeriscaped setting, some with universal access

-Running preliminary proformas

-Dearth of smaller single family homes under 1900 sq ft. low maintenance, lack of Seniors Rentals in Fraser Valley 

-Carports or under house parking on sloping site + crushed gravel roads 

-Well water source appeared to be feasible with  District water connection as last resort

-Geothermal appeared to be feasible

-Food security gardens + green houses

-24 units of market/non-market rental housing in three storey apartment with at- grade parking underneath 

-Other amenities could include bookable seniors' activity room in Seniors' Apartment 

Central Nanaimo Preliminary Master Plan Feasibility Study

Project Type

Affordable Housing Mews

Developer/Client 

Confidential 

Role

Urban Design + Master Planning Project Lead

Preliminary Master Plan + Feasibility Study for Market Affordable Single Family & Townhouse Mews

Results included:

-Site SWOT analysis

-Rethinking lot configurations to lower land costs, provide more community oriented mews, less private yard

-Design more opportunities to connect with neighbours like pocket playgrounds, community gardens + green houses, promenades, seating clusters etc.

-Single family + Townhouse Options

+ Post-Covid Recovery  +  Economic Equity  Climate Friendly Cities   Walkability + Vibrancy + Social Media vs Place Based Social Connectedness + Affordable Housing +  Equity Public Spaces + Social Resiliency + Micromobility + Curbside Management + Autonomous Vehicles + Data Collection + Privacy Smart Tech + Democracy + Public Capacity Building + Process + Happiness

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Eco-Pocket Live/Work Strata Cottage Main Elevation Prototype