Excellence in Planning Awards

Recognizing excellence in all its forms, OPPI celebrates professional planners and outstanding projects annually through Excellence in Planning Awards. These are widely regarded as among the most prestigious awards given for planning achievement in Ontario.

Interested in Submitting?

The submissions form will be available February 1st. Complete submissions must be received online by 5:00 p.m. on April 15th. Please note: Only complete submissions in compliance with the Awards Criteria below will be eligible for consideration.

Please read the Awards Criteria and then fill out the Submission Form by clicking on the links below:

2015 - Winners' Profiles

URBAN/COMMUNITY DESIGN
HOK
Tunney's Pasture Master Plan

tunneys pasture

The Tunney’s Pasture Master Plan creates an environment that effectively responds to an existing urban fabric with significant heritage, adapts to long-term market conditions and creates an intensified, sustainable and mixed-use transit-oriented community. The Master Plan also represents a significant milestone in the Federal Government’s real estate portfolio; as one of the largest federal employment nodes in the Canada, it will set an important precedent for the redevelopment of other government-owned urban lands - including those within the provincial and municipal levels of government.

 

MUNICIPAL STATUTORY PLANNING STUDIES, REPORTS AND DOCUMENTS
Dillon Consulting, RCI Consulting, City of Welland, BNC Inc.
Downtown Welland Revitalization

Guelph Downtown Secondary Plan In 2013, the City of Welland embarked on an ambitious plan to completely regenerate and revitalize its downtown core and adjacent health and wellness district. The City’s program includes two main vehicles for revitalization:

  1. Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for the Downtown and Health and Wellness Cluster; and,
  2. City-wide Urban Design Guidelines

The CIP promotes building and property revitalization, reinforces Downtown as a mixed use, transit supportive area, and encourages uses in the Health and Wellness Cluster that build on and strengthen Welland's existing health and wellness uses and resources. The Urban Design Guidelines provide a practical and flexible tool for assessing new development and redevelopment in the City, including the Downtown and the Health and Wellness Area. The City’s Urban Design Guidelines were prepared in parallel to the CIP project – effectively the two projects were undertaken in an integrated fashion.

 

MUNICIPAL STATUTORY PLANNING STUDIES, REPORTS AND DOCUMENTS
Town of Oakville
"inZone Project," the Town of Oakville’s Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review

Guelph Downtown Secondary Plan

Oakville’s inZone Project was the preparation of the town's new Zoning By-law 2014-014. inZone implemented the policies of the new official plan, the Livable Oakville Official Plan, into a new zoning framework. The end result of the inZone project was Council’s unanimous passing of a new Zoning By-law 2014-014 alongside a number of significant innovations for consultation, customer service, and information management related to land use regulation in Ontario.

 

COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES/REPORTS
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
The Living City Policies for Planning and Development in the Watersheds of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

City of Hamilton's Neighbourhood Action Strategy The Living City Policies for Planning and Development in the Watersheds of the TRCA (LCP) is a conservation authority policy document that guides the implementation of TRCA’s legislated and delegated roles and responsibilities in the planning and development approvals process. Comparable to a combined municipal official plan and zoning by-law, the LCP represents a compilation of existing plan and permit review policies and practices that have evolved over time. It also contains new policies related to TRCA programs, scientific research, and external planning and development initiatives. The LCP’s purpose is to: guide TRCA review of planning applications and environmental assessments; provide the basis for approving permit applications under the Conservation Authorities Act; inform TRCA’s advocacy role for The Living City in the planning and development process; and assist and enable our partners’ and stakeholders’ contributions to building The Living City.

 

COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES/REPORTS
Toronto Public Health with Gladki Planning Associates, DTAH, City of Toronto Planning, City of Toronto Transportation Services
Active City: Designing for Health

City of Hamilton's Neighbourhood Action Strategy Gladki Planning Associates partnered with DTAH to develop an educational document for Toronto Public Health on the salubrious role of urban design. Entitled Active City: Designing for Health, it drew on academic research and a number of design case studies of successful projects in Toronto and around the world to make the case for prioritizing cycling and walking in urban design interventions of all scales. Endorsed by Toronto’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown, Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, and General Manager of Transportation, Stephen Buckley, Active City followed a process that brought together and engaged staff from a number of City departments.

 

COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLIC EDUCATION
Niagara Region
Imagine Niagara

The IDEAS CAFÉ A street master planning and visioning workshop In 2013, Niagara Region kicked off their 5 Year Review of its Official Plan with the goal of receiving substantial public comments to support the policy direction for Niagara. The Plan was branded “Imagine Niagara” and easy to understand categories were developed to transform, what could have been a complex planning exercise, into a relatable visioning exercise. To engage residents, Niagara Region went into the community using engagement tools, such as YouTube videos, surveys, "meet and greets" at popular local venues, Facebook advertising and Twitter. We found that Facebook ads and videos worked beyond our expectations (well beyond) to get valuable and informed feedback on planning issues. On a project that typically garners very little interest, we had the highest number of engaged citizens in Niagara Region for any Regional project. The substantial feedback tells us we are on the right track and aligned with the Regional community’s priorities and hopes.

OPPI and Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario’s Healthy Communities Award
Toronto Public Health with Gladki Planning Associates, DTAH, City of Toronto Planning, City of Toronto Transportation Services
Active City: Designing for Health

The IDEAS CAFÉ A street master planning and visioning workshop Gladki Planning Associates partnered with DTAH to develop an educational document for Toronto Public Health on the salubrious role of urban design. Entitled Active City: Designing for Health, it drew on academic research and a number of design case studies of successful projects in Toronto and around the world to make the case for prioritizing cycling and walking in urban design interventions of all scales. Endorsed by Toronto’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown, Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, and General Manager of Transportation, Stephen Buckley, Active City followed a process that brought together and engaged staff from a number of City departments.

 

Press Conference Information


Watch the video below from the 2015 OPPI Excellence in Planning in Awards.