Heritage Station | Calgary, Alberta

The City of Calgary retained PlaceMakers (operating, at the time, as T-Six Urbanists) to facilitate a multi-day onsite public design charrette and prepare a Station Area Master Plan for the Heritage LRT station. With the emergence of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) practices over the past decade, the City of Calgary adopted TOD guidelines in 2004 triggering redevelopment interest around a number of the City’s existing LRT stations. The Heritage TOD planning process was prompted after a Calgary Transit decision to move their Victoria Park transit offices into the underutilized Heritage Station site along the south LRT line.

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Lawrence, Kansas

Unlike many — if not most — American cities, Lawrence, Kansas, has a vibrant, intact downtown. The fringes of the city, however, had been under increasing development pressure in recent years, leading local officials to undertake an intense planning and coding process to manage developing sprawl.

They turned to the SmartCode, and PlaceMakers, to create a parallel regulating ordinance where alternate outcomes were possible.

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Leander, Texas

When Leander, Texas, became the Austin region’s fastest growing municipality, they did what any city would do: They looked to similar and surrounding places for guidance. Unfortunately, what they found was disheartening. Sprawl, it seemed, was the adverse consequence of rapid growth. And they didn’t want it.

So they came to us. And, for the most part, didn’t even have to pay for it.

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Leytham | Omaha, Nebraska

Developer Herb Freeman’s home, a Georgian mansion that sits in the geographic center of his 160 acres, inspired the design for Leytham, a traditional neighborhood development just outside Omaha, Nebraska. Directing all facets, PlaceMakers delivered master planning, regulatory codes, charrette communications, implementation advisory and, after the charrette itself, brand marketing support.

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National City, California

PlaceMaker Howard Blackson led a downtown Specific Plan, Urban Design standards and project Environmental Impact Report for National City’s Redevelopment authority. The plan and EIR was adopted by the City Council in February 2005 after a two-year process. The project’s baseline operating system utilized the Form-Based Code approach to place the correct building intensity to the correct street and open space typologies.

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Pike Road, Alabama

Talk about killing two birds with one stone. Pike Road, Alabama, Mayor Gordon Stone had two key opportunities before him. First was the rural city’s prospects for growth. Just 15 miles outside Montgomery in its primary growth corridor, there was no question it was coming. And quick. With an aggressive strategy to encourage and manage it, this ambitious and relatively young community could bring greater flexibility and choice to landowners — and make the prospect of annexation more attractive to those adjoining its borders.

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Post Falls, Idaho

A commuter suburb of Spokane, Washington, with emerging employment and a growing retiree population, Post Falls, Idaho, had experienced an increasingly common scenario: rapid, unfocused growth, and the public discontent that results. In response, the city engaged PlaceMakers to help foster “sensible growth, real neighborhoods, and vibrant community” through a master regulating plan, sector plan, and form-based code, as well as design assistance on 11 local development projects.

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Providence | Calgary, Alberta

In 1989, the City of Calgary annexed the area now known as the Providence community. A “dog-leg” of land in the City’s southwest quadrant, it presented unique opportunities for a more sustainable approach to development than the typical automobile-focused expansion of the city.

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Revelstoke, British Columbia

In his introduction to Revelstoke’s Official Community Plan (OCP), adopted in July of 2009, Mayor David Raven made a promise: “This is not a ‘whatever will be, will be’ plan,” he said, “for the future is ours to see.” The mission thereafter: Enable the OCP’s forward-looking vision, goals and policies with a regulatory approach that will ensure their implementation.

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Sage | Bruderheim, Alberta

In the summer of 2008, PlaceMakers (operating originally as T-Six Urbanists) were engaged by Greenview Developments to conduct a week-long on-site public charrette to design a new neighborhood for the Town of Bruderheim’s northwest quadrant. Bruderheim is a small prairie town located approximately 30kms northeast of Edmonton, Alberta. Bruderheim sits amidst a one-hundred-acre+ industrial area known as “Upgrader Alley” focused on value-added oil processing and related activities. 

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