CIP National Conference – Generation 2019

June 18, 2019

Celebrating 100 Years of Planning in Canada! 


With 80+ sessions, workshops and tours Generation is highlighting the contribution planners have made across Canada with the CIP in the last century. Stantec is proud to be presenting at the CIP National Conference—Generation 2019 in Ottawa with presentations, panels and project displays by our planning experts. 

From NIMBY to YIMBY: Why our current planning process is failing our communities and what we can do about it
Presenters: Stephanie Bergman
Time and Date: Thursday, July 4th - 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Location: Governor General III - Level 4 (Westin Hotel)
Abstract: There is a common formula we are seeing with many higher-density, infill developments: neighbourhood change + NIMBY = project delays and added costs, which not only impact developers, but also the city and the community as a whole, in part through rising housing costs. As upper level policy guidance directs us to more intense, inward facing development practices, which are by nature more disruptive than greenfield development, we need to redefine our standard planning application process and our approach to community engagement. This presentation considers a number of recent case studies for higher-density infill developments within southern Ontario which show how our current planning application process, with a number of legacy elements, is failing our communities and serving as an impediment to the infill development our cities need. We will explore the vital role as educators and mediators that the next generation of planners need to play, and how to overcome the community engagement challenges that remain, with a focus on our existing planning application processes.

Mélange Génération Mashup
Presenters: Eric Bays, Nancy Meloshe
Time and Date:  Thursday, July 4th 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Location: Alberta - Level 4 (Westin Hotel)
Abstract: Canadian society is in the throes of a demographic transformation as two of its most populous generations, the Baby Boomers and the Millennials, simultaneously transition out of, and join, the workforce. While the ‘white tsunami’ of Canada’s ageing population is well-understood by planning professionals leading transformation within their communities, what is the implication of this generational turnover to our governments, businesses and our profession as a whole? How do we ensure that corporate knowledge, professional know-how, and the learned experiences and wisdom of earlier generations are passed on? How do we engage a new generation of professionals in the perennial challenges of community building while embracing novel and innovative ideas to unlock new opportunities? Join our panellists from across the generational and career spectrum for a collaborative discussion of the challenges and opportunities, and to explore the evolving landscape of our multigenerational profession.

St. Anthony Monastery Master Plan - Nature, Religion and Cultural-Use Planning: Creating a Legacy
Presenters: Craig Sklenar
Time and Date:  Saturday, July 6th 7:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Westin Ottawa 4th Floor Foyer
Abstract: When St. Anthony Monastery’ board approached Stantec for the layout of their first monastery in Canada, the challenges were great. Our task was to establish a vision for a monastery in a rural location with limited access, significant natural features, and to accommodate the future growth of the facilities. The plans needed to include accommodations for the monks, a visitor’s lodge for congregant members to attend retreats, a small farming operation, and a series of trails and paths to connect everyone to the natural features of the site. The site plan strategy focused on the challenges of placing the built form into the landscape, accommodating growth, and establishing an aesthetic that reflected both Ontario’s rural landscape and Coptic Orthodox Religion references. Translating these design and planning principles into the necessary legislative measures to allow development also required collaboration with the approving authorities. Our Poster presentation will highlight the development challenges, planning outcomes, and how collaboration with the users of the site, cottage community and township resulted in a plan that will be a legacy to the monastery and congregation, and will serve as a national example of how cultural users can integrate into our communities in meaningful and innovative ways.

Booth District: How Canada's federal heritage evolution will impact today's urban environment
Presenters: Brenda Webster Tweel, Craig Sklenar, Molly Smith
Time and Date:  Wednesday, July 3rd, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Provinces I - Level 4 (Westin Hotel)
Abstract:  Set to be the next “hot spot” in Ottawa, the Booth District aims to blend heritage with new development to create a dynamic and exciting area attractive to all users. Previously used by the federal government for Natural Resource Canada laboratories and facilities, it carried out research and testing in a wide variety of areas related to mining and metallurgy, as well as the development of fuels, explosives and economic minerals. View the transformation of Booth District—via virtual reality headset—and be immersed in a vibrant and engaging public realm with a distinct sense of place. Heritage buildings will be restored and integrated with new development connected by new public spaces. Upon completion, the development of the Booth District will represent a benchmark of how heritage sites can be developed to have a second life where people live, work and play. A walking tour of the Booth District will be taken with the help of a virtual reality headset, and will be followed by a presentation by Stantec, Canada Lands Company, and city staff who have worked together on the redevelopment. 

Agriculture Planning
Presenters: John Steil
Time and Date:  Friday, July 5th, 11:00am - 12:15pm
Location: Provinces II - Level 4 (Westin Hotel)
Abstract: (BILINGUAL SESSION- SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION AVAILABLE) Agriculture is a major land use: it creates jobs and economic wealth, offers local food security, provides an alternative lifestyle, helps establish community character, and contributes a set of environmental goods and services. While approaches in some provinces (BC’s Agricultural Land Reserve and Ontario’s Greenbelt Plan) are often cited for their legislated preservation, pressure from expanding urban centres and other resource sectors still drives the fragmentation and conversion of Canadian farmland. This presentation will focus on the relative success of different regulatory and non-regulatory tools in a variety of jurisdictions (transfer of development credits, LESA, etc.) that can contribute to the protection of farmland in the light of changing trends for agriculture. However, we must expand our perspective to understand that ‘agriculture’ is more than just land—it must include a broad range of strategies and policies for agriculture to flourish. The long-term success of agriculture in a metropolitan context can only be assured with a suite of strong supporting and integrated land use, food and agriculture sector development, governance and infrastructure policies. Agricultural master planning at the municipal and regional level is a way forward.

Northern Tales: How regional planning can bridge the past and future in the Peel Watershed
Presenters: Lesley Cabott, Zoe Morrison
Time and Date: Thursday, July 4th 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Location: Oak - Executive Level (basement)
Abstract: The Peel River Watershed, at 68,000 km², is one of the world’s largest pristine wilderness areas. The region is the ancestral homeland of three Yukon First Nations: the Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, Vuntut Gwitchin, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in; and Tetlit Gwich’in of the Northwest Territories. In accordance with the Yukon First Nations Umbrella Final Agreement and land-claims settlements which say that regional planning is to be completed collaboratively by Yukon Government and affected First Nations, the Peel Regional Plan began in 2004, with a draft completed in 2011. The draft proposed an 80/20 split between land protection and allowance for mineral development. Although First Nations supported the plan, Yukon Government did not; and so began the battle. After four years in court, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that all parties should return to the drawing board. As a result, the affected First Nations and Yukon Government are again working together to approve the plan. In this session we will share the Peel Watershed regional plan story: a story about First Nations fighting to implement their land claims, generational connections to the land, how a regional plan can end up at the Supreme Court, and how collaborative processes can move us towards reconciliation.

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