Improving Castlegar through Placemaking

The Kootenays, a beautiful, rural part of British Columbia, features sparsely populated river valleys punctuated by forested mountain ranges, struggles from a lack of cohesive visioning and it seems that only recently have real efforts at economic collaboration been made, such as the Lower Columbia Community Development Team. Having less than two years under their […]

A $300,000 Water Meter

The New York Times featured an article about the sleepy town of┬áBolinas, California, where development has been managed through a unique process… Marc Dwaileebe would like to build a house for his family on land he owns in this bucolic town just 20 miles north of San Francisco. But he cannot hook up to the […]

Shape Vancouver – Is It All Hot Air?

The video on the front page of suggests that by increasing the City’s density there would be significant environmental benefits. However, a recent article on Planetizen from Dr. Tony Recsei suggests that these claimed facts may not have empirical support…

Development Opposition

The process by which development applications are heard is important – and this case in Ontario has the potential to change the playing field in Canada for those who oppose developments… – Liability chill might freeze out opponents to development A controversial hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board that could set a major precedent […]

Latecomer Agreements

Under the British Columbia Local Government Act, there are several ways that a municipality can fund infrastructure that is required as a result of development. One of these is to imposes a latecomer’s charge, to be levied against all developable parcels. Essentially, the developer puts in the infrastructure and the City enters into an agreement […]

Housing Diversity

Our family has lived in some pretty diverse neighborhoods both in Canada and Australia, and typically, we’ve found that those with the highest diversity have also been the most vibrant. The idea that single family housing is the norm is a product of cheap oil and the spread of the baby boomers across the suburbs… […]

The Future of Golf

For a leisure activity/sport that underwent such a massive rise in popularity across Western countries over the past 20 years, the current financial situation has slammed the brakes on new projects, and seen a slump in memberships and appetite for golf course properties. New residential golf developments in the U.S. are few and far between, […]