News and Events

Topic: ‘Urban Design’


 
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Shifting to Sustainable Transportation report is now available

The Shifting to Sustainable Transportation Partnership has released a new report outlining how the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and surrounding commutershed can move to a more sustainable transportation system.

Formed by HRM’s Sustainable Environmental Management Office, Transport 2000 Atlantic, Cities & Environment Unit and Ecology Action Centre, the Partnership released the report in response to major transportation infrastructure investments and a shared recognition that there is an urgency to shift to a more sustainable transportation system. The report directly addresses the need for a comprehensive and long term approach to transportation planning.

The report highlights the outcomes of a one-day intensive workshop in January 2009 that brought together a diversity of professionals, stakeholders and citizens to plan for the future of the region’s transportation system in an integrated and sustainable way.

Workshop participants identified four critical components of a more sustainable transportation network for the region:

  1. Dedicated rights-of-way for transit, high-occupancy vehicles and active transportation
  2. Transportation hubs and terminals as significant places
  3. Land use patterns that are integrated with the transportation system
  4. Local feeder systems serving the transportation hubs

The report calls for the formation of a Sustainable Transportation Task Force that would engage the public in the development of a long-term Sustainable Transportation Strategy and identify immediate and long-term actions required to implement the Strategy. Building on HRM’s Regional Plan, the Strategy would support compact, affordable and sustainable growth for the region.

Download the report:
Shifting to Sustainable Transportation: A Sustainable Transportation Framework for HRM

Contact the Partnership at: shiftingtosustainability@gmail.com

 
Sunday, March 30th, 2008

North of Union Project Completed

Cities & Environment Unit has completed work on the North of Union Project in Saint John, New Brunswick. CEU was contracted by the City to design and lead a public participation process that would give the community a meaningful voice in creating a vision and design guidelines for the North of Union site. To learn more about this project please see the case study on our Projects page.