After years of frustrating attempts to develop this 2.7ha (6.7 acre) property our firm was engaged to resolve the plethora of roadblocks that had prevented any real progress in resolving these challenges.  While this steeply sloped site above Ioco Road provided dramatic views it also challenged our team with a multitude of issues associated with the steep slopes.  

Concern over slope stability and the presence of a significant area of high value environmentally sensitive features including two creeks draining the hillside required the resources of a large team of expert consultants.  We were able to coordinate our geotechnical engineer to address slope stability and ground and surface water issues. Our environmental consultants identified the environmentally sensitive areas (ESA) and created a plan to preserve and enhance the quality and diversity of the area.  We engaged an arborist to complete a tree survey and analysis of all of the trees on site, adjacent city park land and private property and create a plan to either protect or replace removed trees within the ESA and address wind firm concerns adjacent to the new lots.  

The civil engineer, assisted by the geotechnical consultant, designed a new access road across the hillside using a complex block retaining wall system that not only resolved the slope stability concerns but also addressed environmental issues presented by a difficult stream crossing.

Simultaneously our firm was addressing issues of access for our neighbour and future development on adjacent parcels as well as traffic concerns along Ioco Road.  We also prepared detailed Design Guidelines to allow for the comprehensive development of the proposed seven lots (and a four acre park) while protecting the valuable natural assets of the site.