Incite Planning's reputation has been earned over the course of many years. Colette and David have been involved in many unique planning projects and the challenges of consultation. As a result, we embrace complex planning issues in their cross-cultural and multi-jurisdictional contexts. The videos presented below offer a window into that world and a look at the some of the solutions that may lead the way.
Health of Lake Simcoe
In this video, David presents an original investigation of the persistent problem of Phosphorus pollution in Lake Simcoe. The findings are published in New Urban Research. Land-use zones across the watershed can be analysed for their P-loading by using the rural-urban transect. What this planning tool has revealed is that most phosphorus is released from suburban sprawl, followed by rural uses, with the least amount coming from urban development. It suggests that the urban fabric of a watershed is as important to its health as its natural features. These preliminary results were presented at the CNU27, Louisville, Kentucky, 2019; the OPPI Conference 2019, Toronto, Ontario; and the IAGLR Virtual 2020.
Indigenous Content in Official Plans
This video presents work undertaken by Shared Path Consultation Initiative (SPCI). Dali Carmichael, reseach intern with SPCI, presents her examination of the extent of indigenous refernces in Official Plans across Ontario. As a board memebr of SPCI, David also spoke to the question of qualifying the efforts of planning processes to engage in effective consultation. These can range from "contempt" all the way to "free, prior, and informed consent". Several examples were examined, including an initiative to collaborate in the development of an Offical Plan and the changes embedded in the 2020 Provincial Policy Statement.
“Duty to Consult: A Conversation in Contrasts”
In this video, David interviews Mark LaFome and P. Leigh Whyte MCIP, RPP, AICP regarding their views and experiences of consultation with Aboriginal communities. Mark is a member of Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and director of their Department of Consultation and Accommodation. Leigh is a member Red Sky Metis Independent Nation out of Thunder Bay and president of PLW Planning and Environmental Consulting. It was videoed by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute at their Symposium: Healthy Communities & Planning for the Public Realm, on the 6th of October 2016, in Hamilton, Ontario.