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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, client-based 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 is the Dynamic Downtowns Workbook: Using Heritage to Build Strong, Vibrant Downtowns (2012), a toolkit to explain heritage legislation, the positive impacts on economic development, and how culture encourages community pride and connection. We approached the issue of heritage and downtown revitalization from an economic, cultural and social sustainability lens to offer an innovative approach to this issue.

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


Maria Stanborough, Principal Consultant

Maria has led complex urban planning projects for more than 10 years, focusing on community and sustainability. She has a Masters in Urban Planning as well as a Diploma in Urban Land Economics (University of British Columbia). Prior to planning Maria worked in 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.

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.


Matthew Campbell, Consulting Assistant & Graduate Student

Matthew’s passion for urban research helps organizations solve planning problems with practical and sustainable solutions. His projects with C+S Planning include the Sunshine Coast and Comox Valley Child Care Action Plans, and the Surrey Master Joint Use Agreement.

Before starting at C + S Planning Group, Matthew worked as the Leadership Development Coordinator at the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House where he led a project focused on improving socio-economic diversity and inclusion in nonprofit governance.Matthew worked as a Program Assistant at CityStudio where he was immersed in social innovation literature and implementation. In addition to community planning, Matthew has worked in hospitality and event production for over 20 years.

Matthew’s academic background is in Human Geography. For his Master of Urban Studies thesis, he is researching the accessibility and affordability of creative music spaces in Vancouver. A musician himself, Matthew has been active in the British Columbian music community for over 15 years.