RGR is attending CNU22 in Buffalo NY this June.

RGR is attending CNU22 in Buffalo NY this June. As part of its continuing education and accreditation plan, all employees at RGR are mandated to attend conferences and seminars when and where appropriate. RGR also promotes and funds ongoing education and accreditation for its professional staff.

Cabela’s outdoor superstore making grand entrance in Ontario – Scheduled to open July 10, 2014

After RGR assisted in obtaining site plan approval a new Cabela’s store is now under construction at Park Place Barrie. The 72,000 sq. ft. camping, hunting and fishing store is their first store in Ontario and only the second in Canada.

Scheduled to open July 10, 2014


Barrie, Park Place | Target

RGR has been working with Target and Park Place Master LP over the past two years to deliver one of the first completely “new build” Target stores in Canada. Approvals required included Official Plan Amendment, Rezoning, Consent and Site Plan Approvals.

With all approvals in place, construction started in 2013 and is nearing completion. The store is expected to open August 1, 2014

Ottawa, Hunt Club and Riverside – January 2014, St. Hubert Express Opens!

After successful applications for Minor Variance and Site Plan approval Ottawa’s new format St. Hubert’s Express restaurant opened to rave reviews by its customers. The new store’s architectural design compliments the Runway Centre, also developed by First Capital Realty, located on the opposite side of Riverside Drive. Both projects were completed with the planning and development assistance of R. G. Richards & Associates.


RGR attends Inaugural Event of Ontario’s CNU Chapter

Ron Richards, a CNU Accredited Urbanist, attended the inaugural event for Ontario’s Chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism that took place on October 18 in Niagara on the Lake. Approximately 40 professionals attended and were taken on a tour of the successful residential Development known as “The Village” a New Urban Community developed by Traditional Neighbourhood Developments Inc. and now being co-developed with Brookfield.

Attendees also heard from Mary-Lou Tanner, Associate Director, Regional Policy Planner at Niagara Region who described efforts throughout the Region to create complete streets and rejuvenate neighbourhoods.

John Norquist, President and CEO of CNU attended the event and welcomed the new Chapter members.

CNU is dedicated to promoting livable and sustainable communities through the application of new urbanism principles.

Il Fornello to open new restaurant at Barrie Park Place.

As part of overall Official Plan, Zoning Bylaw and Site Plan approvals obtained for Park Place by R.G. Richards, Il Fornello becomes the latest restaurant to commence construction adding to the attractive restaurant complex already populated by Milestones, Lonestar, Buffalo Wild Wings and Panera Bread.

La Fitness brings new large format facility to Park Place Barrie

Construction continues on a new LA Fitness Club at Park Place Barrie. RGR were responsible for Site Plan and Minor Variance approvals required to permit this project to proceed.

Ultramar now open

After spring and summer construction Ultramar’s new gas bar, car wash, convenience store and drive thru coffee shop is now open for business. RGR acted for Ultramar in obtaining site plan approval for the development.
See related June news item here.

Large Data Centre to be located in Markham

RGR have been retained and are now assisting a large international data centre corporation in obtaining planning approvals for a new facility in Markham. The facility will provide disaster backup protection and a range of data storage services. Construction is expected to start in the new year.

The Greater Toronto Suburban Working Group (GTSWG)

R.G. Richards & Associates is a member of the The Greater Toronto Suburban Working Group (GTSWG); a sub set of the global research project, Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century (MCRI). This project is housed at the City Institute at York University and is focused on analyzing the recent forms of urbanization and emerging forms of (sub) urbanization across the world.

The GTSWG was established in the summer of 2010 as a forum for a diverse and expert group of actors including planners, academics, and developers to share information and work towards innovating new forms of suburban governance. The workshop acts as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas regarding present day and future prospects for the policies and processes shaping the development and governance of suburbs across the GGH. A charter presenting ideas, questions and suggested strategies for governing the GGH generated within the GTSWG was presented at the MCRI Conference held in Toronto September 26th-29th, 2013.

R.G. Richards & Associates was proud to be involved in cutting edge research on an emergent topic in the planning conversation. Our article can be found on Twitter at the following link:

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The Greater Toronto Suburban Working Group (GTSWG)