Ottawa transportation master plan wins OPPI award
DateNovember 18, 2014
TORONTO – Ottawa’s new transportation master plan, a project led by IBI Group, has won an excellence in planning award from the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.
The awards – which recognize innovation, creativity, professionalism, problem-solving, and communications – were announced earlier this month in a press conference at Queen’s Park.
IBI Group worked with Morrison Hershfield and Noxon Associates on the master plan, approved unanimously by Ottawa City Council in November, 2013.
The plan sets a new standard for sustainable transportation planning in Canada, including a reduction in per capital vehicle emissions, better ties between transportation planning and land-use planning, aggressive targets for sustainable transportation modes and the funding commitments required to achieve them, and a shift in focus from achieving mobility to achieving accessibility.
Brian Hollingworth, IBI Group project manager, noted that the award is very meaningful because of the firm’s long history in Ottawa. “IBI Group was involved in planning Ottawa’s transitway system in the late 1970’s,” he said. “Just as that project helped to shape Ottawa over the past three decades, so too will this current plan change the face of Ottawa over the coming decades.”