GSP Group led planning approvals for a new neighbourhood on a 120-hectare property in Cambridge. It will contain 2,400 dwellings with an adult lifestyle community and an integrated main street with a mix of commercial and multi-residential uses. The neighbourhood includes a public school, greenspace network of parks, natural areas and stormwater ponds, trail system, and business park employment lands.
Much of the project’s success was the process itself. GSP Group initiated the project with a site walk with two dozen participants representing municipalities, agencies, owners and consultants. 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 the Arriscraft manufacturing facility.
A former gravel pit surrounds the existing development and industrial operations. There are also several sensitive natural heritage features. The approvals process had many design challenges that GSP Group helped to resolve to the satisfaction of Hunt Club’s neighbours.
Significant landscape restoration is required for the wetland at Briardean Road, on-line pond removal and creek alignment, and grading. Trail design and implementation required creative solutions to ne-gotiate challenging physical conditions at the site, including slopes, bridges and retaining walls.
The project also involves a significant tree replacement program and plans for additional parks and green spaces. Wetlands to the north are being preserved, and an existing road through the wetlands is being removed with landscape rehabilitation to impacted areas.
GSP Group’s collaborative approach to resolve issues allowed the project to reach consensus toward changing land use policy and zoning to facilitate development of the City’s newest complete community.
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