Sustainable Community Planning

Our goal is to encourage neighbourhood design and land use planning approaches that reduce costs and environmental impacts, while maintaining community liveability. In this section you will find examples of best practices in design and development, tools for planners and designers, and other research on sustainability.

In This Section:

  • Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) — Case Studies
    These case studies provide lessons learned from recent residential and mixed use developments built near transit nodes which would be of interest to developers, municipalities and planners.
  • Comparing Neighbourhoods for Sustainable Features
    This research compares neighbourhoods for certain aspects of affordability, liveability and the environment. The neighbourhood types range from downtown to the outer suburbs. The comparisons include proximity to daily destinations (schools, parks, jobs, transit), car usage, housing costs, house size, housing choice and more.
  • The Fused Grid
    The Fused Grid takes it name from the “fusion” of two traditional designs — the conventional loop and cul-de-sac pattern of the modern suburb and the traditional grid pattern circa 1900.


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