Excellence in Planning Awards

Excellence in Planning Award Winners

OPPI’s 2017 Excellence in Planning Awards winners at Queen’s Park on November 1st, 2017.


Read the OPPI Press Release for the 2017 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. We celebrate the role of Registered Professional Planners (RPPs) as integrator and visionary in the space between government planning policies, the public, and other regulated professionals.

Interested in Submitting?

The submissions form will be available February 1st. Complete submissions must be received online by 5:00 p.m. on April 18th. 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:

2017 - Winners' Profiles

URBAN / COMMUNITY DESIGNn
Windmill Development Group, Dream Unlimited, Perkins + Will, and Fotenn Planning + Design
Zibi Master Plan

Zibi Master Plan

The Zibi Master Plan is a world-class sustainable community and redevelopment project that offers an exceptionally unique and balanced lifestyle combining the best of urbanity and healthy-living principles on a vibrant waterfront in Canada’s National Capital region. The multi-phase development will transform former industrial lands into a blend of residential housing types, commercial, and office space, waterfront plazas and outdoor squares, and recreational and cultural facilities. The result will be one of the world’s most sustainable communities, extending between two provinces, in the heart of Canada’s capital.

The preservation and adaptive reuse of heritage buildings on the site is another important component of the Zibi Master Plan. Though few buildings are officially designated, several of the industrial structures have stood on the site for many years. The intent is to reuse and adapt as many structures as possible through the redevelopment, utilizing the spaces for commercial, office, community or cultural uses where possible. Design guidelines for adaptive reuse and new construction ensure varied and visually attractive building designs throughout.

 

MUNICIPAL STATUTORY PLANNING STUDIES, REPORTS, DOCUMENTS
City of London
The London Plan

The London Plan

The City of London’s new Official Plan – The London Plan is a different kind of plan that is full of new ideas and planning innovation. What’s more is that this innovation stems from a purposeful blend of good planning principles and information garnered through one of the largest engagement programs for an Official Plan in Canada – ReThink London.

The London Plan emphasizes the need to grow inward and upward. The Plan establishes a city structure plan that creates the bones for compact urban growth – the growth framework; the green framework; the mobility framework; the economic framework; and the community framework. Stemming from this city structure is a plan for rapid transit and corresponding planning permissions that allow for highly urban, mixed use forms of development along RT corridors, transit stations, and transit villages at the end of those corridors. A Primary Transit Area is established which allows for greater heights and densities.

 

MUNICIPAL STATUTORY PLANNING STUDIES, REPORTS, DOCUMENTS
ERA Architects, Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal, United Way Toronto, City of Toronto & Toronto Public Health
RAC Zone

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Imagine a Toronto in which every community thrives. By removing existing zoning barriers and enabling tower neighbourhoods throughout the city, the RAC Zone ensures vibrant, thriving, and sustainable communities.

Through research, advocacy, and collaboration, a new zoning framework has been developed – the “Residential Apartment Commercial” zone – and is poised for implementation in hundreds of Toronto’s vertical neighbourhoods.

This new zone will remove barriers for a range of exciting small-scale businesses and community services. With a new framework that aligns better with residents’ needs, Toronto's tower neighbourhoods can begin the process of incremental change – toward more complete, economically diverse, and more convenient communities for the hundreds of thousands of Torontonians that call these neighbourhoods home.

 

RESEARCH/NEW DIRECTIONS
Civicplan
PlanLocal: Safe Streets

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How would you prioritize spending $1 million dollars on community infrastructure? That was the question facing Hamilton’s downtown Ward 2 City Councillor. The challenge posed was how to effectively and broadly engage residents while identifying concrete and doable infrastructure projects that could be implemented in a short time frame. This led to the design and implementation of PlanLocal: Safe Streets.

Hundreds of ideas were submitted in the first stage, leading to an eventual shortlist of ideas representing projects in each of the six neighbourhoods in the ward. The PlanLocal process reached every home and business in the Ward. Additionally, Civicplan monitored voting data in real time to adapt voting locations and methods, in order to target underrepresented communities.

 

RESEARCH/NEW DIRECTIONS
WSP Canada / Metrolinx
New Mobility Background Paper for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

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Technology and new business models are disrupting transportation through mobile apps, shared services such as Uber, and autonomous vehicles. But is this disruption simply a fad limited to transportation, or will it have wider impacts on our cities and the economy as whole?

In response, Metrolinx has been proactively engaged in an important discussion about the New Mobility landscape and its impact on the GTHA. The New Mobility Background Paper presents a series of strategic directions under six themes, and provide pragmatic guidance to governments in the region on how to think about their place within the mobility landscape and to prepare for disruption.

Government Re-Imagined
New Mobility is the New Transit
The User is King
Driving the Cities we Want
All About the Data
Plan for the “Known Unknowns”

 

COMMUNICATIONS / PUBLIC EDUCATION
City of London
ReThink London

ReThink London

ReThink London, set the foundation for The London Plan – London’s Official Plan. Londoners were asked “what kind of city do we want to live in 20 years from now?” Their challenge and goal was to get the entire community talking about more than just a new Official Plan, but to move the conversation from Official Plan to the future of their City. The initiative gained momentum to become one of the largest public consultation program ever implemented in a planning process in Canada.

Using innovative means of connecting with the public, sharing their input, and showing how their input would shape the decisions that would be made through this process was a key element of the process.

ReThink London accomplished its goal of moving the Official Plan process to a community-led process of city building. The ReThink engagement initiative was an ideal forum for public participation and an opportunity to weave the connection of issues raised between each phase of the policy process to implementation

 

COMMUNICATIONS / PUBLIC EDUCATION
City of Kitchener
Love My Hood: Kitchener's Guide to Great Neighbourhoods

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The City of Kitchener’s neighbourhood strategy, “Love My Hood: Kitchener’s guide to great neighbourhoods,” was developed using an innovative community engagement process. The strategy creates the conditions for a bottom up approach to planning where residents take initiative to create positive change in their neighbourhood. This approach, the first of its kind in the city, started with a resident-led team and one simple, yet innovative principle: residents take the lead, and the city supports them along the way.

Residents had different preferences, communication styles, and lifestyles, and using a variety of techniques will help reach different audiences. This project confirmed what many professional planners have experienced throughout their careers: that traditional communication and engagement techniques need to continue to evolve to ensure inclusive and meaningful community engagement.

 

COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT STUDIES/REPORTS
City of Kitchener
Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations - PARTS Central Plan

Urban Strategies

The PARTS (Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations) Central Plan was created by a multidisciplinary team which used innovative engagement techniques, such as real time 3D modelling and neighbourhood walks, to engage with stakeholders and the public over a course of a year and a half. The PARTS Central Plan determined land use designations, identified streetscape improvements, infrastructure requirements and included a plan for transportation to address pedestrian, bicycle, transit and road issues as well as traffic in general, within a 10 minute walk of the 6 ION station stops in the Central Stations Study Area.

As Kitchener’s first station area plan, this strategic policy document will be used to guide growth and development with the PARTS Central Area. The recommended actions and strategies will assist in realizing the strategic place-making and economic development potential of this station area, decision-making on investments in infrastructure and help realize the development and intensification of appropriate areas within the Plan with uses and densities that support higher order transit.

 

In addition, the OPPI and Heart & Stroke Foundation's Healthy Communities Award was given to the following recipients. This special award recognizes excellence in creating healthy communities.

OPPI AND HEART & STROKE FOUNDATION OF ONTARIO’S HEALTHY COMMUNITIES AWARD
City of London
The London Plan

The London Plan

The City of London’s new Official Plan – The London Plan is a different kind of plan that is full of new ideas and planning innovation. What’s more is that this innovation stems from a purposeful blend of good planning principles and information garnered through one of the largest engagement programs for an Official Plan in Canada – ReThink London.

The London Plan emphasizes the need to grow inward and upward. The Plan establishes a city structure plan that creates the bones for compact urban growth – the growth framework; the green framework; the mobility framework; the economic framework; and the community framework. Stemming from this city structure is a plan for rapid transit and corresponding planning permissions that allow for highly urban, mixed use forms of development along RT corridors, transit stations, and transit villages at the end of those corridors. A Primary Transit Area is established which allows for greater heights and densities.

 

OPPI AND HEART & STROKE FOUNDATION OF ONTARIO’S HEALTHY COMMUNITIES AWARD
City of London
ReThink London

ReThink London

ReThink London, set the foundation for The London Plan – London’s Official Plan. Londoners were asked “what kind of city do we want to live in 20 years from now?” Their challenge and goal was to get the entire community talking about more than just a new Official Plan, but to move the conversation from Official Plan to the future of their City. The initiative gained momentum to become one of the largest public consultation program ever implemented in a planning process in Canada.

Using innovative means of connecting with the public, sharing their input, and showing how their input would shape the decisions that would be made through this process was a key element of the process.

ReThink London accomplished its goal of moving the Official Plan process to a community-led process of city building. The ReThink engagement initiative was an ideal forum for public participation and an opportunity to weave the connection of issues raised between each phase of the policy process to implementation

 

OPPI AND HEART & STROKE FOUNDATION OF ONTARIO’S HEALTHY COMMUNITIES AWARD
Windmill Development Group, Dream Unlimited, Perkins + Will, and Fotenn Planning + Design
Zibi Master Plan

city of ottawa

The Zibi Master Plan is a world-class sustainable community and redevelopment project that offers an exceptionally unique and balanced lifestyle combining the best of urbanity and healthy-living principles on a vibrant waterfront in Canada’s National Capital region. The multi-phase development will transform former industrial lands into a blend of residential housing types, commercial, and office space, waterfront plazas and outdoor squares, and recreational and cultural facilities. The result will be one of the world’s most sustainable communities, extending between two provinces, in the heart of Canada’s capital.

The preservation and adaptive reuse of heritage buildings on the site is another important component of the Zibi Master Plan. Though few buildings are officially designated, several of the industrial structures have stood on the site for many years. The intent is to reuse and adapt as many structures as possible through the redevelopment, utilizing the spaces for commercial, office, community or cultural uses where possible. Design guidelines for adaptive reuse and new construction ensure varied and visually attractive building designs throughout.