Lura Congratulates City of London on Multiple OPPI Awards!

The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) has announced that the City of London has won four Excellence in Planning Awards for the City’s ground-breaking ReThink London project.

ReThink London was the largest community engagement project in London’s history, engaging over 50,000 residents in a conversation about London’s future. The resulting plan – The London Plan – articulates the City’s new vision and municipal policies based on the unprecedented engagement of City residents.

“We warmly congratulate John Fleming, the planning department and all City staff who worked so hard on ReThink London,” said Liz Nield, CEO of Lura Consulting. “Lura was privileged to work with the City throughout the ReThink process and we were so impressed by the City’s commitment to build its new plan through listening to and reflecting community feedback in The London Plan.”

“We are thrilled that OPPI has recognized the City of London with no less than 4 Excellence in Planning Awards, including two for the ReThink process and two for the resulting London Plan. Very well deserved,” Nield said.

OPPI Press Release for the 2017 Excellence in Planning Awards

October Case Study: Bayview Glen Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan

In collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of consultants, Lura led the development of the sustainable neighbourhood action plan, or SNAP for the Bayview Glen neighbourhood. The SNAP identifies priority actions to improve local sustainability in both the public and private lands of the neighbourhood. Retrofit concept plans were developed for two parks, one parkette and walkways and streets in the public realm, while a residential retrofit program and new home construction program were created to improve the neighbourhood’s privately-owned assets. The Bayview Glen SNAP public realm retrofit concepts recently received the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects 2016 National Award (New Directions, Conceptual Work).

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September Case Study: Toronto Waterfront Revitalization

Lura was initially retained in 2002 by Waterfront Toronto to design and lead the Corporation’s public consultation programs. Lura’s contribution included developing the overall strategic approach taken to community consultation by Waterfront Toronto as well as the Corporation’s public consultation policy. Over the past decade, Lura has worked closely with Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto to engage waterfront stakeholders and communities in over 20 waterfront revitalization projects.

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August Case Study: Lake Simcoe Aquatic Invasive Species

Lura developed a Community-Based Social Marketing (CBSM) campaign aimed at changing behaviours to reduce the introduction and spread of invasive species in the Lake Simcoe watershed. The project included background research as well as piloting behaviour change strategies at six boat launch sites on Lake Simcoe. Incremental increases in participation levels in the desired behaviour changes were observed over time. A post-pilot evaluation also indicated increased levels of awareness among boaters about the issues associated with aquatic invasive species.

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July Case Study: St. Lawrence College Strategic Plan

Lura recently worked with St. Lawrence College to develop a new strategic plan for the post-secondary institution. Our Future: St. Lawrence College 2014-2019 Strategic Plan builds on the accomplishments of the college’s previous strategic plan and outlines SLC’s aspirations for the next five years. Lura worked with the College Executive Team to design and implement a strategic planning process that integrated an extensive campus and stakeholder engagement program. The collaborative strategic planning process engaged over 500 individuals through one of the most extensive consultation programs in the College’s history.

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