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12 Feb

Intensifying our City Centres

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It is a matter of interest of the Province of Ontario to intensify our urban areas and create more compact cities.  The Provincial Policy Statement defines Intensification as development of a property, site or area at a higher density than currently exists through redevelopment, development of vacant and/or underutilized lots, infill development and expansion or conversion of existing buildings.


In tangible terms, it has been proven that intensifying our city centres with a critical mass of residential uses promotes a more vibrant and successful downtown core.  Compact cities also contribute to a more sustainable future with respect to energy, land and materials use.


We have successfully undertaken numerous intensification projects – including brownfield redevelopment, residential infill and building conversion projects.  We understand the challenges involved with developing vacant or underutilized properties, such as addressing concerns of surrounding residents and meeting the objectives of the client.

Image Source: Downtown Belleville Master Plan, 2006

12 Sep

Welcome to RFA Planning Consultant Inc.

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Sustainable development largely involves human land use and development and is defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

- United Nations. 1987. Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development.

At RFA Planning Consultant Inc., our goal is to foster progressive sustainable development by creating attractive liveable communities.

This is the first of a discussion series related to city planning best practices. Future topics will include: benefits of compact cities and urban intensification; public transit and active transportation; benefits of a downtown student population; and more.