London, ON


ReThinking Zoning

Plateia Planning, with Intelligent Futures, Fotenn, and McElhanney, have been retained by the City of London, ON to determine the best zoning approach that will implement their unique vision to 'balance use, form, and intensity. 


By analyzing the four different zoning approaches: use-, form-, performance-, and incentive-based, the Plateia team will identify the best zoning tools for the City within the Ontario regulatory context. Knowing the current zoning approaches are challenged and need to be updated to reflect the needs of the 21st century, the Plateia team will help the City in defining their new zoning approach and what specific regulatory tools will be use and how.

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The Plateia team has developed innovative graphics, tools, strategies, and language to create a level of participatory engagement that is a first for a zoning bylaw renewal project. This new approach will be a first for Ontario and will define zoning for the future for mid-sized cities across Canada.


  • In depth analysis and research on zoning approaches, best practices, and precedents in North America

  • Review of various planning application process options to align with desired outcomes and efficiency improvements

  • Use of 3D modelling for testing and talking about zoning in a way that anyone can understand

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The City of London, ON is often the ‘guinea pig’ for new ideas from the McDonald’s pizza to innovative zoning approaches