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Pandemics + Planning = More Open Space...?

Pandemics + Planning = More Open Space...?

Posted May 19th, 2020

This pandemic and related lock down has given me, like many of you, the time to think and reflect about life, and our interests. For me, it's how to plan our communities better. One of the BIG topics of this pandemic is that of PUBLIC OPEN SPACE or more specifically how the role of public open space when it comes to public health.

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Don't Worry, be Happy!

Don't Worry, be Happy!

Posted Feb 26th, 2020

Are you happy? You smile. You laugh. You feel pleasure and maybe some pain. But like most of us, including me, you prefer to be happy and make choices to stay happy. Right? Did you know that being happy is a choice, one which we make every day, even several times a day...? So being happy is a choice? Wow, didn't realize that! Being happy is indeed a choice, which is based on a bunch of things: location, environment, people, situation and weather. Think of a sunny, Saturday afternoon be...

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COURAGE: What this word really means... a true story

Posted Aug 26th, 2019

I met Pere a few years ago. I can't remember how we connected, but I am forever grateful that we did. You see, he taught me the true meaning of courage. Let me explain.

He is a young planner, an aspiring architect and the...

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Welcome Liam to SullivanPLAN!!

Posted Jul 6th, 2019

We are VERY pleased to welcome Liam Doherty to the SullivanPLAN team!!

Liam Doherty, RPP, CPT brings solid design and drafting skills, as well as a critical eye on how to make your project come to life. A seasoned technician,...

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What is NIMBY Anyhow??

What is NIMBY Anyhow??

Posted Jan 12th, 2018

Have you ever heard the acronym NIMBY? If you've ever gone to a public meeting on a proposed development, it is likely you've heard it or, said it! Do you know what it is, or means? Many don't.

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Cities: The Good, Bad and Ugly

Cities: The Good, Bad and Ugly

Posted Jan 3rd, 2018

Over this past Christmas, my wife and I decided to explore the US, so drove from Niagara to Florida (Orlando & Daytona Beach). Being a nerdy urban planner, naturally I decided to observe and report on the various cities encountered, and what makes/breaks them.

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Zoning By-laws: A Great Cure for Insomnia. How Can We Improve Them?

Zoning By-laws: A Great Cure for Insomnia. How Can We Improve Them?

Posted Oct 7th, 2017

Zoning By-laws. Just the name conjures up images of red-tape and bureaucracy. Reading one often results in “Zzzzzzzzzzzz”! We read Zoning By-laws for a living and often find them challenging to read, let alone understand. Why does this happen? How can we make them better? Read on for some thoughts and inspiration.

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It’s a Snow day! Happy, Sad, or Frustrated Face?

It’s a Snow day! Happy, Sad, or Frustrated Face?

Posted Aug 22nd, 2017

Do you get excited when it is a snow day!? I’m sure your kids are happy, but for many parents, it means longer commutes, less parking, and frayed nerves. For City workers, it means overtime to clear the streets, budget challenges and crisis management.

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