Steve Loughran receives design award for Hunt Club Estates

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GSP Group Senior Designer Steve Loughran receives a Canadian Association of Certified Professional Planners Award for his work on the Hunt Club Estates Neighbourhood in Cambridge.

Senior Designer Steve Loughran, CPT, has received the Community Design Award from the Canadian Association of Certified Planning Technicians (CACPT) for his work on the Hunt Club Estates Neighbourhood, a mixed-use community in Cambridge that will contain over 2,400 dwellings.

Steve was responsible for layout of the design of the community through consultation with engineers, Waterloo Region District School Board, Grand River Conservation Authority, and the City of Cambridge. He prepared a draft plan of subdivision, zoning schedules, severance sketches, trail plans, detailed concept plans, and 3D models. His 3D visualizations helped resolve issues and reach consensus toward changing land use policy and zoning.

A previous approvals process led by a different project team stalled in light of public and municipal opposition. GSP Group became involved in 2010, starting with a walking tour with two dozen participants to bring together the many parties in a collaborative process.

This is a complex site with a former gravel pit surrounding the existing estate residential development and industrial operations, and sensitive heritage features.

During the approvals process, GSP Group helped to resolve the many design challenges to the satisfaction of Hunt Club neighbours. A list of issues set the framework for moving forward, including preservation and enhancement of provincially significant wetlands and Middle Creek corridor, and resolving compatibility matters with Arriscraft manufacturing facility.

Hunt Club design also includes integrated main street and mix of commercial and multi-residential uses, public school, greenspace network of parks, natural wetland areas, and stormwater ponds, coordinated trail system, and business park employment lands.

CACPT President Kris Orsan, on the right in the photo, presented the award to Steve during the association's annual conference and AGM in Niagara Falls.

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