Environmental Planning

One of the most common oversights in development is the functional use of natural elements to provide restorative experiences for people. Preserving naturally occurring ecosystems in urban areas requires a delicate interdisciplinary mindset in planning. EDS is committed to maintain and restore natural systems in urban areas to compliment community design. We are dedicated to providing suitable strategies that mitigate the impact of urban development on nature, while allowing people to experience that natural environment.

EDS has completed numerous environmental planning projects, such as constructed wetlands, environmental impact assessments, habitat protection plans, urban forest management plans, erosion and sediment control plans, and stream and riparian restoration. Recognizing the interdisciplinary needs of complex environmental planning projects, EDS has partnered with numerous industry partners to bring the most suitable team of practitioners to each project.

Boulevard Lake Master PlanThunder Bay, ON

EDS completed Master Plan for Thunder Bay’s largest multi-use recreational areas within its limits. Boulevard Lake is approximately 650 acres in size, and features a large man-made reservoir and hydroelectric dam built in 1901 that is online with the Current River and adjacent to Lake Superior. Boulevard Lake Park hosts numerous formal and informal recreational amenities and activities, including public beaches, a paddling club, washroom buildings, picnic sites, an annual dragon boat festival, several marathons, a disc golf course, etc. This waterfront park is also the future host of the 2016 Can-Am Police-Fire Games. The work by EDS was the first time since the inception of this park that a master plan was completed to rationalize current uses, make recommendations for new development, and recommend new maintenance and operational practices. Through a robust stakeholder engagement program, this project was completed in early 2016.

Hinton Community Trails Master PlanHinton, AB

EDS worked with a local advisory committee, composed of representatives from local interest groups and trail users to develop a community trails master plan, signage strategy and phased implementation strategy. The scope of this study included a detailed site assessment of all trails, GPS survey of trail locations, gaps and connections analysis for new trails, developing new trail standards and signage design, trail specifications and construction details, and a final report to summarize all activities. Best management practices for trail development to mitigate for ecological disturbance were also included in the site assessment and reporting, including erosion and sediment control, vegetative clearing practices, and mitigating conflicts between humans and wildlife.