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  • Parrott Riverfront Trail
    City of Belleville
  • City of Oshawa
    Botanical Gardens
  • Otonabee Riverfront
    City of Peterborough

Municipal Waterfront Planning and Design

"Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake."
- Wallace Stevens

  • Fenchman's Bay
    City of Pickering
PLANbyDESIGN is a private landscape architectural and planning practice providing municipal waterfront master planning services. The partners in the firm have worked extensively on many well-known waterfronts in Ontario. The services they provide range from developing comprehensive master plans that will guide municipal decisions for many years, to designing and managing the installation of more specific improvements such as trails, playgrounds, docking facilities, naturalization and restoration areas, and public boardwalks.

PLANbyDESIGN works for both public and private sector clients helping to implement a variety of resort and residential waterfront master plans and have acted as expert witness at the OMB, as well as the design consultant at Public Meetings and Public Information Sessions, they are members of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and the Canadian Institute of Planning.

  • Beachfront Park
    City of Pickering
In recognition of waterfront design and construction projects that the partners have completed, Daniel J. O’Brien was the recipient of two design awards presented by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, winning both National Honors’ and Regional Honors’ for the Otonabee River Trail project in the City of Peterborough.  National Honors’ is the highest recognition a landscape architecture project can receive in Canada, and is awarded to firms whose design work shows superior professional accomplishment.

PLANbyDESIGN is available to assist public and private sector clients and to participate on select projects where the services we offer will benefit your team. We offer full in-house professional support and provide access to our technical expertise including a certified arborist, land use planners, licensed landscape architects, skilled AutoCAD specialists and landscape technologists, any of which can be enlisted for assignments as-needed.

Our office is set up to support a smooth transfer of digital information, and an efficient sharing of knowledge and expertise. We have considerable experience in design, site planning, and construction and are committed to delivering implementable projects within budget and on time.

We Provide:

  • Professional license and comprehensive complete plans and drawings.
  • Computer visualizations and design drawings, 3D Models, photo manipulation and hand sketches.
  • Land Use Planning services and Planning Report preparation
Site Plan Preparation, Tender Documentation, Construction Specifications, Contract Administration, and Site Inspection Services.

We continue to build on our history of providing excellence in waterfront master planning including public consultation, design and construction.  The costs for design and planning services will vary depending on the complexity and size of the project and the level of detail required.

We are available to work hourly or for agreed upon project budgets that can be determined at project initiation.  There is no charge for us to travel to a potential project site and prepare a quotation for services for any work you are contemplating.

Please contact us to discuss your project needs at, 705-325-0068, or [email protected]

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