Community Planning

SPPI Conference, September 19 – 21

Homegrown 2016 is the Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute (SPPI) is the title of this year’s annual conference being held from September 19th to 21st in Swift Current. Urban Systems will be well represented by two our consultants, Clayton Drewlo and Daniel Gray who will be presenting on the topics below.


Strengthening Bridges through Difficult Conversations: Building Consensus through the Review of Development Charge Policy

Tuesday September 20, 11:00 to 12:00 PM
Presenters: Clayton Drewlo P.Eng and Shanie Leugner, P.Eng.

In planning, much time is spent creating plans that help shape new developments to create functional and attractive places for people to live, work, and play. However, for municipalities, how they are serviced, how that infrastructure is paid for, and how overall growth will occur over time are critically important elements to consider as developments move from planning to implementation. This project established new policies to ensure that, over the long-term, development will be funded and phased in order to balance municipal aspirations for growth alongside the financial responsibilities and financial capacity of the City.

As a follow-up on the presentation on the Interim Phasing and Financing Plan given at the 2014 SPPI Conference, this presentation will discuss some stumbling blocks along the journey, the tactics that were used to generate support, and the resulting policy shifts made that may be useful to consider for your own development charge policies.


Clayton Drewlo, P.Eng.
Urban-Systems-Clayton-DrewloClayton is a Municipal Engineer and Partner with Urban Systems Ltd. Over the past three years Clayton has been actively leading the establishment of Urban’s professional practice in Saskatchewan out of their newest office in Saskatoon.

With over 13 years of infrastructure planning and design experience, Clayton is often involved with interdisciplinary studies that include stakeholder and community consultation. Clayton has supported the establishment of development levy bylaws for a number of municipalities in the British Columbia Interior and more recently with the City of Regina and Whitecap Dakota First Nation here in Saskatchewan. He is also currently working with the Cities of Lloydminster, North Battleford and Swift Current on their respective development levy studies.

His professional passion is focused on solving problems at the intersection of land use, infrastructure and finance.

Shanie Leugner, P.Eng.
Urban-Systems-Shanie-LeugnerShanie Leugner is a “plangineer” having fortuitously moved from the engineering profession into the planning profession. With over 15 years of experience in municipal planning, policy and design, she leads team of planning professionals who work closely with engineers to create policy and plans to help the City meet its growth objectives.
Some key initiatives Shanie has recently spearheaded include the creation and implementation of Regina’s Servicing Agreement Fees policy, establishment of growth phasing, and negotiating land use plans and servicing strategies for new growth areas in and around the city. Shanie spends her free time nurturing her family and acreage and lately can be found dabbling in crossfit.

Creating a Home Grown Community Planning Department – Flying Dust First Nation

Tuesday September 20, 1:15 PM to 2:30 PM
Presenters: Daniel Gray MCIP, RPP and Joseph Tootoosis, B.A. Political Studies

Since 2013, Flying Dust First Nation has developed a Community Plan, Land Use Plan and Zoning Bylaw. These documents, in addition to the formation of new lands management regulations, were a needed response to growth pressure for residential and commercial development in the community. The goal was to create policy and guiding documents, as well as build staff and community capacity in using the documents. Throughout the planning process, innovative methods of engaging the community were utilized to ensure all members had a chance to inform future development in Flying Dust. We would like to share this community planning success story from the perspective of Flying Dust and their experience having “boots on the ground” throughout the process.

The presentation will walk participants through the timeline and key aspects of the community planning process, highlighting planning innovation and challenges faced throughout the projects. The session will be led by Joey Tootoosis, Flying Dust First Nation Community Development Coordinator, and supported by Daniel Gray, Planning Consultant.


Daniel Gray
Urban-Systems-SPPI-DannyDaniel Gray MCIP, RPP brings his passion for First Nation’s Community Planning and Land Use Planning to the communities he serves as a professional Community Planner in Urban Systems’ Saskatoon office. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Daniel is familiar with the challenges communities of all sizes face and appreciates the importance of including First Nations in local and regional planning initiatives. Throughout his career, he has searched for innovative ways to approach challenges, focusing on collaboration with local stakeholders and increased public involvement. Having started his career behind the counter at the City of Saskatoon, Daniel developed a solid understanding of municipal governance and the importance of developing clear and succinct municipal policy. His knowledge of current ‘best-practices’ in Community Planning and First Nations legislation combined with his creativity, knowledge, expertise, and passion for Community Planning add significant value to Urban Systems’ work.

Joseph Tootoosis
Urban-Systems-SPPI-Joey-TootoosisJoey was born and raised in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, and is a proud member of Flying Dust First Nation. He has graduated from the University of Saskatchewan (2013) with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies with distinction. He has plans to return to study in law in the future. Joey has worked with master’s planning students in the SCARP program during his time at UBC as a research assistant to advocate for rights to housing for off-reserve First Nations in Vancouver, B.C. Joey has been working for his First Nation since October 2015, as part of the Saskatchewan Region’s Community Development Initiative. His role is to coordinate the Comprehensive Community Planning component of the community’s development initiative. Working with all departments, Flying Dust leadership, and Flying Dust community members, his role is to create an environment of community driven planning for the future of the First Nation. Joey also serves as a liaison between INAC partners and the First Nation, to communicate the directions that the First Nation wishes to take in its planning for lands and governance.

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