What is a Master plan?
- Translate Council planning policies into urban design concepts
- Establish vision and design intent by means of site analysis, public consultations, and stakeholders input
- Identify areas of concern, issues, and conditions that requires in-depth detailed study
- Provide design solution options
1. Establish overall purpose, vision, and/or design intent for one or multiple street blocks
- The overall design intent is based on Council approved official plan policies
- Establish the vision for the study area with the input from the community. The input is generally gathered through a Design Charrette with the stakeholders
- First Open House presents the first draft concepts
- Second Open House presents the refined draft concepts, addressing concerns and comments obtained from the community at the first Open House
2. General design concepts show:
- General number of traffic lanes
- Streetscape components such as Urban Braille, style of street lighting, and street furniture
- Visions and concepts for street sections
- Traffic directions
- Clear direction on the intent of paving design, intersections, and landscape treatments
- Identify GENERAL locations of public art, bump-outs, medians, on-street parking, traffic signals, and other areas in need of improvements
- General and schematic representation of trees or planters and their locations
- General descriptions of acceptable and desirable surface treatments and colour scheme according to paving design
- Concepts are based on site survey and underground utilities information available at the Master Plan stage
What is a Functional Plan?
- Apply master plan design concepts and principles to specific sites
- Further stakeholder consultation on technical and functional issues in specific areas
- Site specific design development in terms of functional and technical requirements such as loading, parking, or location of bike racks, etc.
- Confirms maintenance and operation requirements
1. Technical resolution such as turning radius, slope inclines, curb treatment, Urban Braille application, etc.
2. Second round of Public Consultation
3. Address stakeholders’ concerns and identify outstanding issues to be resolved
4. Confirm maintenance and operations requirements
5. Provides ‘BEST’ technical dimensions of all the functional requirements for traffic and pedestrian movements as follows:
- Bump-outs, turning radii
- Lane widths
- Sidewalk widths
- Location of public art
- Location and detail design of Urban Braille
- Intersection dimensions, loading area dimensions
- Locations and types of street lights, street tree or other plantings, if any, and other streetscape components
- Location and functional requirements of traffic devices such as traffic signals, stop bars, meters, and other related components
- Type, colour, and selection of construction material
- All other technical and function concerns
The time-line to the right shows the general process of the streetscape designs from conception of the vision to implementation.