At Westplan we are always challenging ourselves to redefine our industry and our approach to planning and land development. We practice in a variety of communities throughout BC, we hope this selection of our projects and our clients speaks for itself...
Sicamous Zoning Bylaw
This project was to rewrite a community’s zoning bylaw from scratch. Sicamous is a small, recreation-focused community in BC's interior, at the gateway to numerous lakes and mountains. Sicamous embarked on an aggressive growth plan to become a resort destination and needed their Zoning Bylaw completely re-visioned and rewritten. Mark Holland led the project.
Sandstone Master Plan
Sandstone is a 726-acre master-planned development in Nanaimo, BC. Teunesha Evertse drafted and presented the Official Community Plan Amendment (Sandstone Masterplan 2021) adopted in February of 2022 and is actively working on a Zoning Bylaw Amendment with the City of Nanaimo alongside Keycorp Consulting Ltd.
This project includes substantial Reconciliation lands and a partnership with Snuneymuxw First Nation, an unprecedented action in today's development industry.
Todsen - Qualicum Beach
This project is a 16-unit rezoning in the community of Qualicum Beach, mid Vancouver Island led by Mark Holland. While relatively small, it was highly contentious as it was located between a golf course community and a semi-rural estate area and involved changing the OCP, zoning and most importantly, the Urban Containment Boundary.
The New Monaco project is a 125-acre master-planned community in the Okanagan Valley that is approved for 2,800 residential units, and 500,000 sqft in commercial / institutional uses. Its vision includes:
A full range of residential uses – single family to higher density multi-family
A university centre
A retail / commercial village
A destination wine centre
A health and medical centre
Mark Holland was the Development Manager (VP of Development) for almost a decade on the project leading the work to articulate the vision, achieve the OCP Amendment, Area Structure Plan and the rezoning amongst other matters. New Monaco won the top aware in Canada for Small Town Planning in 2012 from the Canadian Institute of Planners.
The Bayshore Landing (formally Mariner's Village) master planned project is located in Sooke's Town Center. Phase 1 includes:
A 91-unit purpose built rental apartment building
A standalone CRU with drive-through
A 3-storey CRU and 7 townhouse units fronting the extension of Lanark Road
Teunesha is co-leading the planning component for the Bayshore Landing Development Permit applications (Phase 2 will be coming soon) as part of Seacliff's consultant team.
TQB Development Approvals
Since October 2021, Westplan, MABRRI staff and student employees have been working with the Town of Qualicum Beach on a UBCM-funded DAP project. This has included a substantial amount of background research (literature review, process mapping, analysis of public hearing records, analysis of guidebooks and application forms) as well as interviews with 30 professionals involved in the DAP. This consisted of local government planners, private developers, First Nations referral managers and technical consultants.
The final deliverable of this project is a DAP Toolkit of best practices, guiding documents, and adaptable templates (for forms, guides, processes, and website content). The Toolkit will be adapted for the Town of Qualicum Beach to use, as well as being made publicly available to any municipal planning department to adapt to their own use. By bringing together multiple perspectives and providing open-source, unlicensed materials the Toolkit will serve to expand capacity and improve the DAP for planners, developers, referral managers, consultants and communities as a whole. The Toolkit is currently in the development phase, after which it will be circulated for feedback and refinements.