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4 Urban Systems planners presenting at the 2016 Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) Conference


The upcoming Canadian Institute of Planners Conference, Accent 2016, will be held in Quebec City from July 5th to 8th. Four Urban Systems planners (all from our Calgary office), Brier Reid, Leighton Ginther, Jane Power and Mike Coldwell will be presenting at the conference. For a description of the individual sessions please see below.


Wednesday July 6th, 2016 2:00 – 3:15

Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR) has engaged Urban Systems Ltd to design and develop a new residential community on the Wintergreen Golf & Country Club lands in Bragg Creek, Alberta. The lands were formerly used as the Wintergreen Ski Hill, and the resulting Wintergreen Redevelopment Conceptual Scheme provides the framework for a four-season recreational community that utilizes sustainable rural development practices and incorporates existing natural water resources.

The conceptual scheme document is graphically-focused and is intended to be a visual interpretation of the planning policy. A visual impact analysis, utilizing 3D Modelling, was conducted to understand the visual impact of residential development on the adjacent community.

Delegates will learn about the use of water resources in rural Alberta, a visual and graphic approach to plan writing, and landscape conservation and issues relating to residential development on the slopes of a former ski hill.


Mike Coldwell
Brier Reid

Mike Coldwell, Planner, Urban Systems Ltd.

Brier Reid, Planner, Urban Systems Ltd.

Patrick Majer, Resort Utility + Development Manager, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies


Thursday July 7th, 2016 – 3:45 – 5:00

In 2015, Design Talks (d.talks) and Urban Systems began collaborating to examine the ways in which people experience space in winter and how elements of physical planning and urban design can create spaces that people frequent or avoid in colder temperatures. From these efforts, the Winterspot Project was conceived. Recognizing the potential role of technology and information systems, the project team created a web application that systematically collects information from the public about their favourite spots to visit in Calgary during the winter. This session will reflect on the project team’s experience with the web application as both an engagement and research tool, and share some of the key findings about what elements Calgarians associate with great winter spaces. Come prepared to identify your own favourite winter spot and share what you think makes it so enjoyable!


Leighton Ginther

Leighton Ginther MCIP, RPP, Principal and Urban Designer, Urban Systems Ltd.

Amery Calvelli, Co-Founder, Design Talks (d.talks)


Friday July 8th, 2016 11:00am – 12:15

The Rangeview Area Structure Plan (ASP) is the result of a holistic planning process that represents an innovative approach to policy-making and community planning, recognizing that planning policy is enhanced through creative friction, idea generation and input from a variety of stakeholders. As the first stages of development in the Rangeview area are currently in the midst of approvals, the team members are looking to share how the Rangeview Design Co-opetition evolved, the innovative results that emerged, and what some of the most challenging obstacles have been in this exercise of shared responsibility. To help better understand the benefits and potential challenges faced in a design co-opetition, a project simulation will walk small groups through a collaborative design co-opetition, substituting an abstract physical design for an ASP area. The exercise will demonstrate the cooperation, problem-solving, diversity of perspectives, and creative thinking necessary to drive a similar process. All materials will be provided


Jane Power

Jane Power MCIP, RPP, Principal and Senior Planner, Urban Systems Ltd.

Tara Steell MCIP, RPP, LEED AP, Development Manager, Planning, Calgary Communities, Brookfield Residential, Calgary, Alberta

The full preliminary program for Accent 2016 can be found here.

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