1063-1069 & 1075 Barclay Street – Vancouver
Project Type: Rezoning application
Dates: 2019 – ongoing
In May 2020, Pacific Northern and Pooni Group hosted Vancouver’s first pre-application online open houses for their Barclay Street project. There was significant public interest, with 468 visitors to the project website. The project team received a range of questions and were able to provide responses in real time.
Pacific Northern is proposing to rezone the property to permit a 47-storey tower with a mix of social and market housing. Located at the eastern edge of Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood, the proposal includes market condominiums and 25% social housing to be turned over to the City of Vancouver upon completion. Pooni Group has been engaged to provide strategic advice, guidance on the planning entitlement process, public engagement services, and tenant relocation assistance.
2280 Dundas Street West – Toronto
Project Type: Planning Strategy and Community Relations
Date: 2016 – ongoing
2280 Dundas Street West is an underutilized 10-acre site located next to one of the most well-served transit-hubs in Ontario. The redevelopment concept includes ground-floor retail, new office spaces, a mix of affordable and market rental units, new pedestrian connections, a large park, and a new high school all with the goal of capitalizing on this important intersection.
Pooni Group was engaged to develop a community relations and planning strategy and to implement a robust public engagement program. The engagement program was launched in 2017 with a community Open House that was attended by over 450 residents. Subsequently, the “Community Ideas Centre” was opened to provide a space for community members to access information and contribute feedback and ideas. Since the launch of the consultation program, Pooni Group has held 2 subsequent community Open Houses and has engaged with over 3,000 community members.
Mirvish Village – Toronto
Project Type: Rezoning Application
Dates: 2014 – 2017
Located in one of Toronto’s most established and diverse neighbourhoods that, and inclose proximity to a transit station, the site is of importance to many local residents. The project includes 100% rental housing, small-scale retail, heritage retention, an indoor market, public space, and childcare.
Pooni Group’s role was to lead the consultation process by developing a comprehensive and meaningful engagement and communications strategy. For over two years this included stakeholder meetings, open houses, community information kiosks, a permanent on-site information hub, and social media. This work substantially shaped the project which received support from all four local resident associations and was approved at City Council.
Sapperton Green – New Westminster
Project Type: Official Community Plan Amendment, Master Plan, Rezoning
Dates: 2011 – Ongoing
Sapperton Green is a 38.5-acre industrial site located next to Braid Skytrain Station in New Westminster. The plan for the property is a transit-oriented, master-planned community with over 5 million sf of development which will include market rental, condominium and below-market rental housing; office space; and retail space. The plan also includes funds towards a community centre and childcare facility, and significant parks and open space.
In 2011, Pooni Group was engaged to support the Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment process which included public engagement, planning strategy, and policy planning work. Through the process, we established and held meetings with a Community Advisory Group, held workshops and public open houses, and engaged with stakeholders. In late 2015, Council approved the OCP amendment. The rezoning process was subsequently initiated in 2017 and is currently ongoing.
Flavelle Sawmill – Port Moody
Project Type: OCP & Regional Growth Strategy Amendment, Rezoning
Dates: 2012 – ongoing
The Flavelle sawmill is a 34-acre site with deep roots in Port Moody that has been operating from its existing location at the edge of the Burrard Inlet for over 100 years. Envisioned is a complete, oceanfront community within 10 minutes of rapid transit. To facilitate future development an Official Community Plan (OCP) as well as a Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) amendment were completed in 2018. Next step in the process will be a master plan and rezoning application.
Pooni Group was engaged to provide 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.
RiverSky – New westminster
RiverSky by Bosa Properties is one of New Westminster’s key riverfront properties, prominently situated adjacent to the River Market and steps from SkyTrain. Pooni Group provided strategic advice, planning, and public engagement services.
Strawberry hill – Surrey
Strawberry Hill is a 35-acre site situated at 120 Street and 72 Avenue in Surrey, envisioned to become a vibrant and complete community. Pooni Group was engaged to provide planning strategy, project management, and public consultation.
The DUKE – Vancouver
Located near Kingsway and Broadway in Mount Pleasant, The DUKE was one of the first projects to be accepted under the City of Vancouver’s Rental 100 Secured Market Rental Housing Policy. Pooni Group was engaged to help navigate the Rental 100 policy and led the public engagement work.
VANCOUVER HOUSE – VANCOUVER
Vancouver House is located at the gateway to downtown Vancouver, at the base of the Granville Street bridge. Its prominent location and oddly shaped site called for innovation and creativity. Pooni Group was engaged to provide public engagement initiatives, strategic input, planning policy services.
OAKRIDGE CENTRE – VANCOUVER
Oakridge Centre is a unique 28-acre urban site at the midpoint of Vancouver’s Canada Line subway line, slated to become a mixed-use neighbourhood centre. Pooni Group was engaged to work on public engagement, stakeholder outreach, planning strategy, and policy planning. Through extensive public engagement we connected with over 33,000 people.
Currie Barracks – Calgary
A 146-acre mixed-use community on the former Currie Barracks site. Pooni Group was engaged to work on public consultation, stakeholder outreach, and the planning strategy for Currie Barracks.
LANGARA COLLEGE – VANCOUVER
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. Pooni Group 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.
HELMKENS & RICHARD – VANCOUVER
This unique and complex project included the rezoning of two properties to facilitate a new City-owned social housing building as well as a condo tower. Pooni Group provided public engagement services, strategic advice and helped facilitate the rezoning application.
Station Square – Burnaby
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. Pooni Group provided public consultation for Beedlie Living and Anthem Properties.