Since our inception in 1988, we have helped shape the nation through our contribution to land development projects of various scales.
In the Lower Mainland, Brook Pooni has been actively engaged in the region’s most anticipated redevelopment projects. Our work in Calgary and Toronto includes some of the most high-profile redevelopment projects in recent years.
2280 Dundas St W
(2017 – Present)
Development Application - Transit-Oriented Development
2280 Dundas St. West, located at Bloor St. West and Dundas St. West, is a 14 acre mixed-use site that is located at one of the most well-serviced transit hubs in Ontario. The proposed development will feature office, residential, and retail uses, in addition to a new high school, a large public square, and park space.
Brook Pooni was engaged by Choice Properties REIT to work on the public consultation, stakeholder outreach, government relations and planning strategy for the project. The scope of work includeds meetings and communication with stakeholder groups, including local businesses, community members, and city staff, leading city-wide open houses, managing public feedback, working collaboratively with the project team to devise unique and diverse public outreach methods. Phase 1 of ongoing engagement work concluded with a successful pre-application public meeting, attended by over 450 local residents, to gather preliminary feedback to help shape plans for the site.
(2017 – Present)
Development Application - Mixed Use
Canada Square is a future mixed-use development site located on the south-west corner of Yonge and Eglinton in Midtown Toronto. Situated at the intersection of two rapid transit lines – Yonge Street Subway and the Eglinton Cross Town (slated for completion in 2021) – the area has been designated as a Centre in the Official Plan and a target growth area. The proposed development will reimagine Canada Square as a mixed-use, transit-oriented development with a mix of office, residential and retail uses, complemented with a large public square and park space.
Brook Pooni was engaged by Oxford Properties to work on the public consultation, stakeholder outreach, and planning strategy for this significant project. The scope of work includes a 3-phase engagement program including meetings and communication with stakeholder groups, leading city-wide open houses, managing public feedback and working collaboratively with the project team to devise unique and innovative public outreach methods. Throughout the consultation process, the project has gained positive momentum with the surrounding community.
(2014 – 2016)
Rezoning - Residential High-rise
Located in downtown Toronto in one of the city’s most established neighbourhoods, the site encompasses approximately one city block. The property is located in close proximity to a subway station and in a diverse neighbourhood that, unlike the rest of the City, has seen little development. The concept for the project envisions a mixed-use multi facetted project that includes 100% rental, small-scale retail, an indoor market, cycling infrastructure, public space and potentially pedestrianizing a street.
Brook Pooni’s role is to lead the consultation process by developing a comprehensive and meaningful engagement and communications strategy. For the past 18 months this has included stakeholder meetings, open houses, community information kiosks, door-to-door canvassing, and social media. Most recently a site office / engagement hub were added as an engagement and community building tool. The space builds on the consultation work that has been done in the community by providing a permanent go-to place for residents to take questions and concerns. The space showcases the proposal, builds trust in the community and puts a face to the name.
(2013 – ongoing)
The Riverview Lands are the former location of a historic provincial mental healthcare facility that had been downsized starting in the 1960’s and was finally closed in 2012. In the fall of 2013 the Province of British Columbia asked BC Housing to initiate a planning process for the 244-acre property to initiate redevelopment.
Brook Pooni was engaged to lead the initial planning stage for Riverview by creating a Vision. This would include an 18-month consultation process comprised of public Open Houses, meetings with advisory groups representing different interests, project information kiosks and workshops. Having been initially engaged to assist in drafting the Vision Terms of Reference, Brook Pooni’s role was to lead the public consultation process by crafting a comprehensive engagement plan, drafting communications and consultation materials, coordinating engagement events, coordinating and leading meetings with advisory groups, providing updates to the City of Coquitlam and its Riverview Lands Advisory Committee and initiating innovative public consultation approaches.
The final stage of the process is the creation of a Vision document that will guide future development planning on the property. The Vision for Renewing Riverview was released on December 17, 2015 and is posted on www.renewingriverview.com. The Vision will be formally presented to the City of Coquitlam in early 2016.
(2010 – 2014)
Rezoning – Transit-Oriented Development
The plan for the redevelopment of Oakridge Centre is for a mixed-use, environmentally and socially sustainable project on a unique 28-acre urban site situated at the midpoint of Vancouver’s Canada Line subway line. The proposed development will transform one of Vancouver’s oldest shopping malls and surrounding parking lots. This includes increases of approximately 720,000 square feet of new retail, 260,000 square feet of office employment space, 2.6 million square feet of market and non-marked transit-orientated residential development, and doubling the current onsite community amenity space including providing a significant urban park.
Brook Pooni was engaged to work on public consultation, stakeholder outreach, planning strategy and policy planning for the project. The scope of work included meetings and communication with stakeholder groups, leading city-wide open houses, managing public surveys and ongoing information kiosks and working collaboratively with the project team to devise unique and diverse public outreach methods. Over three years of ongoing engagement work concluded with a successful public hearing that approved the rezoning for Oakridge Centre in the spring of 2014.
New Westminster, BC
(2010 – present)
Official Community Plan Amendment and Master Plan
Sapperton Green is a 38-acre industrial site strategically located next to the Braid Street SkyTrain station in New Westminster. The plan for the property envisions a vibrant urban neighbourhood that integrates a complementary mix of residential, retail, office and community uses to create a compact, complete neighbourhood. The intention for the property is to become a transit-oriented master planned community, supported by sustainable development objectives including connecting the neighbouring community with the Brunette River and surrounding greenway.
Brook Pooni has been engaged to work on the master plan and OCP amendment, focusing on the public consultation that has informed the plans for the property. The consultation work has included the creation and subsequent meetings of a Community Advisory Group, leading public open houses, participating in community workshops and leading stakeholder meetings.
(2013 – 2015)
Public Engagement – Master Plan
A 146-acre mixed-use community on the former Currie Barracks site. Currie Barracks was approved for redevelopment in 2006 when an outline plan was approved based on the CFB West Master Plan that was approved in 2000. Since the Municipal Development Plan was approved in 2009, the area around Currie Barracks had intensified with significant amounts of housing and jobs. This change lead CLC to apply for a new outline plan that was more in line with Calgary’s new direction, almost doubling the density compared to what was previously approved.
Brook Pooni was engaged to work on public consultation, stakeholder outreach, and the planning strategy for Currie Barracks. The scope of work included meetings and communication with the City of Calgary, community advisory groups, and assistance, attendance, and participation at City-led open houses. Brook Pooni also worked collaboratively with the project team to devise a unique and diverse supporter approach including social media, student workshops, and realtor workshops. Thorough and thoughtful consultation resulted in largely positive public sentiment towards the plan that was approved in 2015. Members of the Advisory Group especially became supporters of the intensified plan for Currie Barracks, supporting it at the public hearing.
Village at Fraser Mills
Official Community Plan (OCP) Amendment, Neighbourhood Plan, Zoning Bylaw
An 89-acre riverfront community on the former Interfor sawmill site. The Neighbourhood Plan includes a village centre, almost one million square feet of industrial/commercial space, 3,700 multi-family residential uses and a riverfront park.
BPA coordinated the team through the neighbourhood planning process resulting in the Neighbourhood Plan policy, design guidelines, an affordable housing strategy, sustainability strategy, zoning bylaw and development agreement that will inform the form and pattern of development over the next 15 years of anticipated development activity.
(2008 – on going)
OCP Amendment, Rezoning, and Phased Development Agreement
Brook Pooni was retained by NorthWest Properties and Snuneymuxw First Nations to provide policy planning, public engagement and entitlement negotiation services to secure the policy and zoning for the development of a 726 acre site in south Nanaimo.
An Official Community Plan Amendment was adopted that permits 2400 homes and approximately 1.8m sf ofindustrial and commercial uses in 2009. Brook Pooni is working closely with the project team and the City to negotiate a development agreement and zoning bylaw that will provide assurance of the development rights over the next 15-20 years.
Brook Pooni is working with the community fostering community relationships and engaging key stakeholders. The development is envisioned to act as a catalyst for the First Nations economic development with a plan grounded in sustainable planning principles.
St. Michael’s University School
(2012 – 2014)
Junior School Master Plan
St. Michael’s University school operates their Senior and Junior school on separate campuses. The Junior School has operated on the same site for over 50 years in facilities in need of significant upgrades. The School therefore initiated a Master planning process to explore how a new Junior School campus could respond to students’ educational needs, standards for a 21st Century education and public input.
Brook Pooni’s role was to lead the public consultation process for the Master Plan. This included working collaboratively with the school and the project team by drafting key messaging, providing communication advice, coordinating with the consultant team, preparing display and workshop materials, and hosting Open Houses and workshops.
New Westminster, BC
(2013 – 2014)
Rezoning and Public Consultation
RiverSky by Bosa Properties is one of New Westminster’s key riverfront properties, prominently situated adjacent to the River Market and steps from SkyTrain. This rezoning transformed a former parking lot into two residential towers connected by a podium, with parking and commercial services. The proposal incorporated a variety of innovative design strategies, including BosaSPACE™ responsive floorplans, as well as a new pedestrian connection from the McInnis Overpass to provide direct access from the SkyTrain and the downtown to the riverfront.
Brook Pooni was engaged to provide strategic advice, planning, and public engagement services. The scope of work included meetings and communications with key stakeholder and community groups, information kiosks at community events to seek community input about the project, coordinating and leading city-wide open houses, working collaboratively with the City and the project team, and coordinating the rezoning application. After a year and a half of ongoing engagement and community outreach, the project concluded with a successful Public Hearing where the RiverSky rezoning was approved in the fall of 2014.
(2008 – present)
Policy Amendments and Campus Masterplan
The 20 acre Langara College campus is located on West 49th Avenue between Cambie and Main Streets. In 2008 Langara College entered into an ambitious 25 year phased campus masterplan that involved amendments to both the Langara College Policy and CD-1 Zoning. Through the expansion of its campus facilities, Langara is seeking to improve the experience for its current and future student populations. Langara is also looking to address many of the site challenges derived from incremental development and planning.
Brook Pooni has been engaged to work on the masterplan, zoning and policy amendments as well as assisting the college with the RFI’s and RFP’s for the various masterplan phases. The consultation work has included assisting City staff with the drafting of the amended Langara College Policy Statement, leading public open houses, assisting the College and its project team through the various City approval processes and providing direction on future phases.
Port Moody, BC
(2012 – on going)
Master Planning – Official Community Plan, Regional Growth Strategy Amendments, and Public Engagement
The Flavelle sawmill is a 34-acre site with deep roots in the City of Port Moody and has been operating from its existing location at the edge of the Burrard Inlet for over 100 years. Mill and Timber, the parent company of the sawmill, is currently undertaking a public engagement process to redesignate the site from industrial to mixed use-oceanfront as part of an Official Community Plan (OCP) application. An amendment to the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) is also required. The proposal will transform the existing site from a sawmill to a complete, oceanfront community within a 10-minute walk from rapid transit.
Brook Pooni is providing strategic advice, planning, and public engagement services. This work includes coordinating the OCP amendment application, information kiosks, neighbourhood canvasses, open houses, stakeholder and community meetings, and meetings with the City.
Rezoning and Public Consultation
The award winning design for Vancouver House was designed by BIG and marks a significant milestone in Vancouver architecture. The site located at 1412 – 1460 Howe Street, 710 Pacific Street as well as 1410 and 1429 Granville Street will transform Vancouver’s skyline and the Granville gateway. Westbank’s Vancouver House has paired with World Housing and with Neeson’s Cambodia Children’s Fund which means that each residential unit sold at Vancouver House contributes to building and gifting homes to families currently living in shacks in a Cambodian garbage dump community.
Brook Pooni provided strategic advice, planning, and public engagement services. This work included open houses, community meetings, and meetings with the City.
(2013 – 2014)
The 11.8-acre site at 6200 McKay Avenue in Burnaby will undergo three phases to encompass 5 landmark residential towers. The revitalization of Burnaby’s landmark retail plaza is based on sound planning principles where residential high-rises will intertwine with retail, office and entertainment uses.
Brook Pooni provided public consultation for Beedlie Living and Anthem Properties.