Great places enhance urban and rural communities and invite use by citizens of all ages and backgrounds.

Planners play a role in creating and safeguarding these places by addressing the use of land, resources, facilities and services with consideration to promoting people’s health, happiness, and well-being.


A noteworthy street is one that is above all, unique.  It may be the architecture, the types of businesses lining the sidewalk, or the annual festivals that have become synonymous with that street’s name.

Rather than being a simple thoroughfare, people visit a great street to enjoy its ambiance, to shop, dine, and gather.  This is supported by a sustainable business culture, welcoming visitors of multiple generations and social backgrounds, and the incorporation of environmentally sustainable features.  In larger urban areas, providing multiple options for transportation that create safe healthy spaces further supports a great street.


A neighbourhood has its own defining character and sense of pride, thriving through the work of its residents and business owners.  It has an identifiable boundary and exhibits qualities with lasting social, physical and natural elements that will continue to be valued by successive generations.

Basic services, places to live and places to work are part of a neighbourhood, and other attributes can include green spaces, places of worship, shopping, dining, entertainment venues and public and institutional facilities.


A planned public space is successful when it invites people to visit and socialize in safe and attractive environment.  It is a community hub, an individual place having a distinct character and providing the capacity for a variety of activities, both organized and un-planned.

Examples of a public space include plazas, town squares, parks, marketplaces, greens and piers.