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Monteith Brown Planning Consultants - Specialty Studies: Representative Projects


Representative Projects

Riverfront Opportunities Plan Strategic Analysis


Town of Amherstburg


MBPC was retained to provide a detailed investigation and analysis of existing land use patterns, demographic trends, environmental features and servicing constraints associated with a private marina and waterfront redevelopment proposal in the Town. The project required the firm's strong analytical and research skills, a thorough understanding of economic impact and tourism potential and a proven ability to solicit public opinion. Extensive research was undertaken to identify other communities with similar developments and analyzing the lessons learned from their experience. Focus group sessions were also held with neighbours and participating landowners in order to gain a better understanding of their opinions and needs. The study ultimately recommended against municipal investment in this privately-proposed project.


Marine Use Strategy Study

Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation

Leading a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, MBPC was retained by the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation (TWRC) to develop a strategy for accommodating diverse marine uses and users of the city's 46-kilometre waterfront in the context of waterfront revitalization. The study began with a comprehensive inventory and assessment of a wide range of existing marine activities, facilities, programs and events. To verify the inventory and facilitate an understanding of current issues, needs and priorities, the process was informed by an extensive program of consultation with Toronto's marine community, including focus group sessions and interviews with over 40 representatives of recreational, commercial and industrial marine user groups, public open houses, presentations and a series of meetings with key marine stakeholders. The Marine Use Strategy is an important component of a much broader revitalization initiative which will see redevelopment of the Toronto Waterfront at an unprecedented scale. The strategy provides guidance for future planning activities of the TWRC, the City of Toronto, the Toronto Port Authority and other organizations involved in the revitalization effort, including a series of principles and recommendations for recognizing boating activities and marine resources, integrating marine and land use planning, ensuring a sustainable future for a diverse range of marine activities, promoting an active and accessible waterfront, and implementing the strategy through steady investment.


Highway 401 Corridor Land Use Strategy


Municipality of Thames Centre

In response to Thames Centre's strategic location at the “cross-roads” of commerce, MBPC was retained by the Municipality to identify a strategy for providing a range of employment land opportunities to accommodate and promote new industrial development along the Highway 401 corridor. In proximity to three of the Country's busiest transportation corridors, Thames Centre is conveniently located within a short drive to a variety of key urban centres and various international airports, borders, and ports. This Study included a detailed analysis of employment trends and opportunities, current employment composition within the local market area, and the existing supply of employment lands. Based on our analysis, MBPC developed a strategy for the provision of large-scale industrial sites together with other potential opportunities to accommodate smaller-scale employment land uses which would benefit from the access to Highway 401 and the growing regional industrial opportunities that Thames Centre provides.

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