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Daye Lake Eco-City International Design Competition Huangshi, China Daye Lake Eco-City International Design Competition, Huangshi, China (2013)
MVH, in partnership with the Guangzhou Planning Institute, won the City of Huangshi, China Eco-City international design competition in July 2013. The extension to Huangshi, China – with a metro population of approximately 2.4 million residents, will house an additional 1.1 million residents over the next 20 years. The Master Plan covers 450 km2 including Daye Lake. The central business district will house 150,000 residents and provide 150,000 jobs. The new city leads in innovation in green space 50/50 conservation, air and water self-cleaning systems, and a complete central business district that balances jobs and housing. The central business district will integrate a 300km/hour high speed national train station linked to a local multi-modal mobility network.
Calgary West High Street, Calgary Alberta
Calgary West High Street, Calgary, Alberta (2010-2014)
MVH coordinated the urban planning for this project that will include up to 70,000 m2 (750,000 square feet) of retail and office space as well as up to 1,000 residential units. The compact footprint at the base of the Paskapoo slopes allows for 60% of the site to be retained as environmental reserve, parks, or open space. Underground parking and slope-sensitive design allow a unique shopping experience in a pedestrian-oriented environment.
Mission City Downtown Master Plan
Mission City Downtown Master Plan (2012-2013)
MVH worked with Golder Associates and a number of other consultants to develop an implementation-oriented plan based on 10 Big Ideas and a NOW plan.
Cochrane Cochrane Integrated Downtown Action Plan, Cochrane, BC (2012-2013)
MVH partnered with Urban Systems and other consultants to develop a comprehensive series of downtown wide actions and districts actions relating to development. A matrix was developed to measure progress over time.
Penticton Downtown Plan, Penticton, BC (2012)
MVH facilitated the five day design Charrette that set the framework for the Downtown Plan. MVH helped coordinate a core team of city staff and other consultants which was further supported by up to 50 residents and business owners. The process was a smashing success and naturally flowed into a final document approved by Council.
City of Leduc Downtown Master Plan
City of Leduc Downtown Master Plan, Leduc, Alberta (2012)
MVH directed a multidisciplinary team of architects, landscape architects, transportation engineers, planners, and economists to develop a downtown master plan for the City of Leduc south of Edmonton, Alberta. City Council realized that all parties had to recommit to their downtown as the centre of their community. MVH developed a comprehensive urban design framework that included policy, design guidelines, mobility analysis, economic strategies, and a focused implementation strategy tied to the City’s budget. The Downtown Master Plan not only included the main street but the surrounding neighbourhoods as part of a comprehensive planning and design strategy. An interactive series of workshops with the community, staff, the Downtown Progress Association, followed by a very successful open house, resulted in a plan enthusiastically supported by City Council and the community.
Sunnyville, Vladivostok, Russia
Sunnyville, Vladivostok, Russia (2010 - 2012)
With the support of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), MVH worked with the Russian Federal Housing Development Foundation (FHDF) and local authorities to examine the potential of this 400-hectare (1,000-acre) site north of the City of Vladivostok in the far east of Russia. Following the development of a land use concept, MVH then worked with the subsequent developer, Vostok-1 Corporation, to develop a plan for the site. This plan included a comprehensive land use plan, streets, parks, and architectural character plans. A three dimensional model was also developed that illustrated the various land uses and densities on the site. The plan was approved by regional authorities in October 2011 and showcased at the international OPEC conference in September 2012.
Cambrian Crossing Development Plan
Cambrian Strathcona Joint Planning Initiative Preliminary Development Plan Concept, Strathcona County, Alberta (2009-2011)
MVH facilitated this unique joint initiative between the Cambrian Group of Companies and Strathcona County, Alberta. This cooperative initiative built support and resulted in approvals of the Area Structure Plan within one year for more than 295-hectares (745-acres)! Associated with these approvals, MVH also directed the development of the preliminary sustainable plan that will house over 7,000 residents in up to 3,500 units and will provide more than 1 local job per household. Preliminary plans include 2 elementary schools, 3 places of worship, a district energy centre, and an emergency services centre. A comprehensive central trail system will connect the natural asset of Old Man Creek with the reconstructed wetlands and stormwater facilities. The open space network will cover over 40% of the land with a priority for bicycling, walking, and transit as convenient alternative modes of transport. Local commercial facilities will provide for daily needs within a 5 to 10 minute walk from every door.
Rocky View Municipal Campus
Rocky View County Municipal Campus, Rocky View County, Alberta (2009)
MVH worked closely with staff and Council to develop a new municipal campus on 65-hectares (160-acres). Approved within two months of initiation, the Campus includes the Municipal Hall, Emergency Services Centre, Recreation Complex, Municipal Works Yard, Sports Fields, Civic Park, Recycling Centre, Enhanced Wetland, and other supporting uses.
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Medicine Hat Downtown, Redevelopment Plan (2009)
MVH coordinated an interdisciplinary team including engineers, economists, heritage architects, landscape architects, planners, and urban designers to develop a comprehensive action redevelopment plan for the Downtown.
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Red Deer Downtown and Riverfront Plan (2008)
MVH worked in close cooperation with the community and a local consulting group to develop a very innovative far reaching plan that incorporates new uses and adaptive reuse of existing buildings and open spaces.
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City Langley Downtown Master Plan, City of Langley, British Columbia (2008)
MVH directed a multi-disciplinary Team to develop an inspired physical development plan for the Downtown complete with economic analysis and an action plan. The Plan has helped generate new projects and innovative leadership by the City of Langley. The Master Plan was recognized by two economic awards and one planning award.
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New Elita, Krasnoyarsk, Russia (2008)
The MVH consulting team completed a spectacular complete new community for 25,000-30,000 new residents including planning, zoning, urban design and preliminary engineering within six months with approval in principle by senior government officials.
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Salisbury Business Park, Strathcona County, Alberta (2009)
This "Green" Business Park retains a significant portion of the land as park, wetland, or open space, and uniquely blends a rich building form and orientation with the rolling landscape. This "Signature" business park will also provide retail and Hotel/Convention facilities to support local businesses within a convenient walk of every office.
View More Images Salisbury Village, Strathcona County, Alberta (2007- 2009)
MVH facilitated the design, planning and approvals for a 40-hectare (100-acre) sustainable urban village. The interdisciplinary consulting team created an innovative Area Structure Plan that embraces cutting edge sustainability principles, goals, policies and regulations.
View More Images Liberty Crossing, Red Deer, Alberta (CIP Award and APPI 2007)
Gasoline Alley Urban Design Plan creates a detailed framework for nearly 400 hectares (1,000 acres) on the edge of the City of Red Deer. The Gasoline Alley/Liberty Crossing area will be a complete community that will house up to 8,000 people over 20 years. The Canadian Institute of Planning recognized the outstanding neighbourhood concepts with a national award in 2007. The Alberta Institute of the Canadian Institute of Planners also recognized the innovations of the Plan with the "Award of Excellence" in 2007.
View More Images City of Chilliwack Downtown Community of Neighbourhoods Plan, Chilliwack, British Columbia (2007)
The innovative concepts of downtown rejuvenation were captured in a downtown neighbourhoods action plan that had economic, social, and physical strategies.
View More Images Squiala Business Park Development Plan, Chilliwack, British Columbia (2007)
“Home of the Eagle” combines sensitive cultural and ecological land development with economic strategies for an innovative business park.
View More Images Garrison Crossing, Chilliwack, BC (2004) (2007 UDI Award)
As part of the prime consultant team, MVH directed the development of the Neighbourhood Plan and the new Comprehensive Development Zone for the 60-hectare (153-acre) redevelopment of the former CFB Chilliwack, introducing secondary suites, infill housing, existing housing refurbishment, coach houses into the zoning bylaw and other customized development standards. The project has received numerous awards, including "Master Planned Community of the Year" Award by the Urban Development Institute, Pacific Region and is a pilot project for the LEED "Neighbourhood" program.
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Mission Waterfront Concept Plan, District of Mission, British Columbia (2006)
This billion-dollar preliminary waterfront development concept was developed by MVH and was very well received by the Community, staff, and Council.

View More Images Weyerhaeuser Comprehensive Development Plan, Ucluelet, British Columbia (2005) (PIBC Award 2006)
After Council unanimously turned down development proposals in 2004, MVH was hired by Weyerhaeuser to facilitate a compact process for a new comprehensive plan for the 150 hectare (375-acre) waterfront parcel fronting on the Pacific Ocean. The subsequent plan was approved by Council unanimously six months later and received a Comprehensive Planning Award from the Planning Institute of British Columbia in 2006.
View More Images City of Calgary 100 Year Vision for Midtown, City of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta (2004)
This visionary plan builds on Calgary’s rich history and recognizes the tremendous future possibilities. Ten features form the foundation to the plan that covers 88 city blocks and over 160-hectares (400-acres). MVH also provided assistance and strategic advice for the Urban Structure Plan for Calgary’s Downtown.
View More Images Lower Twelfth Street Area Plan, City of New Westminster, BC (2004) (PIBC Award 2005)
MVH directed this innovative redevelopment strategy that combined a community-based process with economic analysis, land use policy development, and urban design visioning for the Lower Twelfth Street Area, incorporating a Design Charrette as a centrepiece to the process.

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View More Images Maplewood Eco-Industrial Project, District of North Vancouver, BC (2004) (PIBC Award 2005)
As lead consultant, MVH directed the development of a comprehensive Eco-Industrial Development Strategy and Sustainable Community Planning Strategy for a 200-hectare (500-acre) community within the District of North Vancouver. MVH created the strategy to raise over $200,000 for the project and created a 20 member partnership including BC Hydro, the GVRD, Terasen, the Grseen Municipal Enabling Fund (GMEF) Federal, the Real Estate Foundation of B.C. and numerous other businesses and local community organizations. (PIBC 2005 Award of Excellence).
  • Tynehead Park East Development Charrette, Greater Vancouver Regional District, Burnaby, British Columbia (2004)
    This process combined economics and sustainable community design to explore the possible recreation intensive uses for Tynehead East Regional Park in Surrey, British Columbia. The goal was to balance revenue generation with environmental and social objectives. Over 120-hectares (300-acres) were explored for championship golf, equestrian, RV, and a number of other uses in cooperation with leading developers and industry specialists. MVH developed Sustainable Development Guidelines and Project Selection Criteria that explored a complete economic, environmental, and social framework. The project was applauded for its focused results, inclusive participation, and practical results.

  • The Village at Hatzic Ridge, District of Mission, BC (2004)
    MVH coordinated the planning and development strategy submission for this rural cluster proposal on 46-hectares (115-acres) in the District of Mission. This innovative development proposed approximately 50% open space including 16% Agricultural Land Reserve and an overall density of 2.6 units/acre gross.

  • Taku River Tlingit Physical Development Plan, Atlin, BC (2004)
    MVH developed the 5-year sustainable development strategy for over 800-hectares (2,000-acres) with an emphasis on creative communication (talking rules, meeting guidelines, and facilitation training), building local capacity, and creating a 25-year Vision with a practical implementation strategy.

  • Hope New Housing Strategies - Creating Policy and Streamlining Bylaws. Hope, B.C. (2004)
    MVH directed a process to find new housing opportunities that reduce costs and increase housing choice. The housing strategy called “infield housing” includes suites, coach houses, cluster housing, narrow lots, wide lots, infill, and mixed use.

  • Hope Residential Cluster Planning and Design Guidelines: Design and Planning Performance Guidelines for Sustainable Site Planning in Sensitive Areas, District of Hope, BC (2003)
    MVH worked with staff and the community to develop a new overlay cluster zone for the District of Hope along with clear selection criteria and development guidelines.

  • Fernie Action Plan: Small Steps Lead to Big Solutions, City of Fernie, BC (2003)
    MVH developed a sustainable development implementation strategy for their Official Community Plan including principles, selection criteria, report card, and organization structure.

  • Imperial Landing Waterfront, Richmond, BC (2003)
    MVH facilitated a Design Charrette of 30 professional and staff to “Revision” the Imperial Landing portion of the Steveston Waterfront. Coordinated subsequent econonmic analysis, public review, and urban design to develop an optimum solution for the site.

  • Visual Enhancement of the City of New Westminster Zoning Bylaw, New Westminster, BC (2002)
    MVH developed an award-winning system to improve the communication of 7 different – most frequently used zones in the City. This work includes reformatting the zoning bylaw by adding innovative 3D graphics and introducing summary information sheets for each of the zones, (PIBC Award 2003).

  • Austin Heights Urban Design and Planning Visioning Workshop, Coquitlam, B.C. (2001)
    MVH organized and facilitated this workshop on behalf of the City of Coquitlam, in close liaison with City staff, to discuss the issues and opportunities for this Coquitlam neighbourhood. This very successful workshop involved over 50 participants and used a variety of survey, discussion, and visual analysis techniques to engage the audience.

  • Deer Valley Commerce Centre Urban Design Study, Phoenix, Arizona (2001)
    In association with Stantec, MVH directed the development of urban design guidelines and character area guidelines for 1600-hectares (4,000-acres) in north Phoenix, Arizona. MVH worked closely with the City of Phoenix, local businesses and adjacent neighbourhoods to define priorities and implementation strategies.

  • White Rock Town Centre Urban Design Charrette, White Rock, B.C. (2001)
    MVH acted as a team leader in this urban design charrette for a 37-acre downtown site that included commercial, residential and institutional potential uses. The preferred alternative combined infill and new development with a green pedestrian network flowing through and connecting to the surrounding context.

  • River Road East Land Use Strategy, Delta, B.C. (2001)
    As part of a multidisciplinary team member, MVH was responsible for development and environmental design guidelines for a 400-hectare (1500-acre) industrial area that employs 10,000 people in the Corporation of Delta. This area contains 60% of the remaining vacant industrial land in Delta. The preferred strategy combined an interlinked network of greenways and waterways with a comprehensive set of guidelines that reinforced existing or emerging character areas.

  • Grandview/Boundary Area Design Guidelines, Vancouver, BC (1999)
    As part of the City of Vancouver urban design team, MVH developed a unique set of Environmental Considerations (ecological design guidelines) that were a first within the City of Vancouver. These guidelines covered a 80-hectare (200-acre) area and included tree retention, soil restoration, water conservation, air quality, energy efficiency, and solid waste management.

  • Sacbe Eco-Community Master Plan, Playa del Carmen, Mexico (1999- ongoing)
    MVH developed an Eco-Community Ideas Work Book as the basis for a Master Plan for 80-hectare (200-acres). MVH redirected the international advisory group from a traditional road grid system approach to three jungle village clusters (including a SkyWalk system and Eco-Research Towers) that would minimize impact on the sensitive jungle environment and save in development costs. The proposal established development targets, principles and organization structure for the international advisory group.

  • Rupert and Renfrew SkyTrain Station Precinct Plans, Vancouver, BC (2000)
    MVH coordinated these two rapid transit Station designs in 1999 and 2000. Added street enhancements and development policies adjacent to these unique stations. The proposals included a major city greenway, adjoining commercial development and other transportation connections that better linked the two stations with the adjacent neighbourhoods. The plans aided in the negotiation of a $5,000,000 amenity package with the Province of British Columbia that focused on non-car transportation improvements.

  • Vancouver Greenways Plan, Vancouver, BC (1995)
    MVH helped direct the development of a City-wide and Neighbourhood Greenways Plan for the City of Vancouver that covered over 160 km (100 miles) of the City on streets and rights-of-ways. The greenways process and strategy included an extensive public consultation process, a capital funding strategy of $3,000,000 for the first three years (approved by City Council) and a flexible approach that would allow further community interaction to refine the locations and design of each greenway.

  • Vancouver CityPlan, Vancouver, BC (1992-93)
    MVH helped direct the award-winning public program during the first phase of CityPlan that developed future directions for the City of Vancouver. The CityPlan program included 300 City Circle Groups, Youthview for youth contribution, special multi-cultural outreach and special events like the Ideas Fair that attracted over 10,000 people. International, national, and provincial awards recognized CityPlan’s public program for its outstanding innovations.

  • Walker Property Master Plan and Design Guidelines, Bozeman, Montana (1990)
    MVH helped direct the environmental analysis, development plan and plan of subdivision for this Planned Unit Development on 50-hectare (128-acres) of land. This innovative proposal, currently under construction, included a 40% open space dedication (mixed use in grazing, passive riverfront recreation and floodplain area); a local commercial village; residential single family and townhouses set in green pockets by the Gallatin River; and office clusters set in farm building groups with convenient access and stunning views.

  • Keystone Resort Expansion, Keystone, Colorado (1990)
    MVH helped manage the 100-hectare (260-acre) expansion of the ski base facilities, including 1,500 residential units and 80,000 square feet of commercial space. The project included a rezoning submission and concept development plans for the clustering of development, conservation areas along the Snake River, roadways design, pedestrian and bike trail systems and a central village area.

  • Malvern Urban Design Study, Toronto, Ontario (1989)
    Initiated the planning and design study for 13-hectares (32-acres) adjacent to the Malvern Town Centre for the Ontario Ministry of Housing. The study examined a number of development options including 1836 housing units (35% affordable) 7,400 m2 (80,000 sf) of commercial space; and an assortment of institutional/community (school and community centre) mixed uses.

  • Terrace Lynne Residential and Commercial Village Development, Gatineau, Quebec (1989)
    Directed the rezoning and plan of subdivision for this 8.9 hectare (22-acre) mixed-use development. The proposal included 36 single-family lots, a creek realignment and restoration scheme, a park/detention pond open space, a retail village and heritage style office buildings along Aylmer Road.

  • City of Barrie Height Review Study, Barrie, Ontario (1989)
    Developed urban design guidelines for the City of Barrie Official Plan as well as Zoning Bylaw amendments that coordinated heights in the downtown as a result of a comprehensive case study analysis.

  • Paracon Phase VII, Kanata, Ontario (1988)
    Coordinated the development of the innovative Concept Plan, Draft Plan of Subdivision, Official Plan Amendment, and Zoning Bylaw Amendment for a 44-hectare (108-acre) clustered mid-rise apartment development. Expedited approvals and resolution of engineering matters.

  • BC Place Neighbourhood Plans and Open Space Design Guidelines, Vancouver, B.C. (1983)
    Coordinated the development of five draft Neighbourhood Plans and comprehensive open space design guidelines for one of the largest 91-hectares (225-acres) redevelopment projects in North America on the north shore of False Creek in downtown Vancouver. The overall development plan included a staggering 900,000 m2 (9,700,000 sf) of housing; 600,000 m2 (6,500.000 sf) of commercial; 900,000 m2 (9,700,000 sf) of office space; and 84,000 m2 (900,000 sf) of hotel space.

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