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Solutions-driven and collaborative

We solve planning problems based on our client’s goals, requirements, and budget, and by involving stakeholders in the discussion. Our customized, innovative model delivers practical, sustainable and creative solutions for meaningful places.

We have worked with a wide variety of clients to develop viable and meaningful places and organizations. One of our first projects, the Dynamic Downtowns Workbook: Using Heritage to Build Strong, Vibrant Downtowns (2012) is a toolkit to explain heritage legislation, the positive impacts on economic development, and how culture encourages community pride and connection.

Some of our other projects include the Strategic Plan 2019-2022 for the Gibsons and District Public Library, a branded Downtown Wayfinding Strategy for the City of Port Coquitlam, a Communications Strategy for the BC SPCA, and recreation planning for the City of Surrey. Throughout all our work we focus on inclusive dialogues and practical implementation plans to ensure our work adds value for our clients.

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Principal Consultant

Maria Stanborough has a Masters in Urban Planning as well as a Diploma in Urban Land Economics (University of British Columbia). Prior to planning she focused on culture and economic development, with an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Simon Fraser University), and a General Studies Diploma from the London School of Economics, UK. Before urban planning she worked for 15 years in non-profits and cultural industries

Maria’s combination of arts, economics and urban planning gives her a big picture understanding of what creates meaningful places. In her work she listens to understand divergent interests and concerns, and offers excellent facilitation skills to draw out key issues. Data analysis, best practices and extensive research round out her skills and allow her to provide insight and understanding for long range plans.

In 2018 she started a research project with research partner Aaron Licker on “Messy Cities,” which explores the link between urban planning and mental health. Recently she co-presented their findings at the Planning Institute of BC’s Annual Conference, and will be co-publishing an article in 2019.