Promoting understanding of the attributes of complete communities.
Sustained population growth over the next 15 years combined with provincial land use plans means that 12 million people will move to the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) and need to live and work in the same land area currently occupied by 9 million people. More people in the same space means we have to live at a greater density.
Higher densities don't have to mean overcrowding and congestion. Intensification can happen in a subtle, incremental way through buildings that “fit” into the existing community. Good design and appropriate zoning can introduce density that is not intrusive.
However, increased density alone does not make a great neighbourhood. There are attributes of complete communities which work with density, to create vibrant, inclusive, desirable places for people to live and work.
Through our work, we identify and promote an understanding of these attributes to help planners, designers, elected officials, residents’ groups and private sector builders design more complete communities and adapt existing communities over time.