Our Design Philosophy

At Selkirk Planning & Design, we create places for people by integrating the local landscape into ecologically-based urban design that enhances and celebrates a local sense of place in mountain communities.

Our Approach

Landscape-Based Urban Design & Placemaking

Our design approach integrates natural, cultural and historical influences, people-focussed urban design, innovation and technology and financial considerations into each design. Being located in BC’s mountain communities is a strength that provides a better understanding of local culture and needs. We use technology and a small-firm approach to deliver innovative design solutions, be accessible and communicate effectively at a great value.

As part of our commitment to strengthening local resources, Selkirk Planning & Design frequently partners with other local professionals to deliver a multi-disciplinary approach to projects.

Our Story

A Little About Us

Selkirk Planning & Design (SPD) was established in May 2010 in Revelstoke, BC by Fraser Blyth. After running Endemic Mountain Design out of Revelstoke for two years, Fraser established SPD with a focus on planning and urban design. Between 2010 and 2017 the firm worked on a variety of projects ranging from site specific projects, to municipal land use and zoning plans, to large-scale development projects. In mid-2017, Selkirk Planning & Design crafted a landscape-based urban design placemaking approach which now guides all projects.

Our Works

SPD teamed up with LARCH to create the Village of Slocan Harold Street North Conceptual Design Plan in the summer of 2018. The project included 6 phases, a walking tour with stakeholders and residents to […]
Year: 2017-2018 Client: Columbia Shuswap Regional District Location: CSRD Area A Project Partners: LARCH Landscape Architecture Selkirk and LARCH teamed up again to collaborate on developing a trails stategy for Golden and Area A in […]
Year: 2015-2016 Prepared for: Parks, Recreation and Culture Department, City of Revelstoke Location: Revelstoke, BC Project Partners: LARCH and Take to Heart Construction SPD, LARCH, & Take to Heart were hired to develop a site […]
Year: 2015-Present Prepared for: 0935211 BC Ltd. Project Location: Revelstoke, BC Selkirk Planning & Design was hired to develop a concept plan for a proposed Tree House Hotel/Accommodation area in Revelstoke close to Revelstoke Mountain Resort. […]
Year: 2014-2017 Prepared for: 0929468 BC Ltd. Project Location: Revelstoke, BC Selkirk Planning & Design was hired to develop a neighbourhood plan for three parcels of land located within Revelstoke. The neighbourhood encompasses 14 ha of […]
Year: 2013 Prepared For: District of Houston, BC Project Location: Houston, BC Selkirk Planning & Design was hired to create images that describe how a downtown revitalization plan could be implemented on Houston, BC’s main […]
Selkirk Planning & Design was hired by the City of Revelstoke to work with the Revelstoke Visual Arts Society (RVAS) to develop a redesign concept for the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre. The City of Revelstoke […]
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Urban Design & Placemaking

Designing places people love. URBAN DESIGN plans focus specifically on the built form to develop guidelines for infill, building massing, facade treatment, streetscape design, landscaping, signage, & more.

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Master Planning

A MASTER PLAN is a land use plan focused on one or more sites within an area that identifies access, general improvements and needed infrastructure, and intended to guide growth and development over a number of years and in phases.

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3D Design & Modeling

Selkirk Planning & Design does its detailed design in a 3D MODELING environment. Modeling work includes quickly generated images, stylized computer images, and photoshop integrated sketchy renderings. Higher quality 3D renderings can be completed to give a more accurate/photorealistic view of proposed designs.

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Community Master Plans & Strategies

COMMUNITY MASTER PLANS & STRATEGIES are developed for municipalities and regional districts with a focus on land use and community engagement. The development of a community master plan involves a large city or region-wide urban design & planning process that incorporates community input to create a comprehensive plan.

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GIS Mapping

Selkirk Planning & Design uses several programs that integrate with GIS MAPPING, allowing us to create visually-rich graphics and maps that can be exported to a GIS system. Our mapping has the ability to offer a fully GIS-compatible design that can be shared between local governments, partnering consulting firms, and land-owners. This ensures accuracy of information, and future usability of files.

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Site Plans & Development Permits

SITE PLANS are required for DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS and typically focus on a single property. Site plans are scaled maps that show required information, such as building footprint, property boundaries & setbacks, landscaping, etc. Larger scale site plans include a detailed design of public space, frontages, landscaping elements, building footprints, etc.

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Rezoning, Subdivision & Form-Based Bylaws

Selkirk Planning & Design provides consultation and advice on potential REZONING AND SUBDIVISION applications with an emphasis on creating pedestrian-oriented, walkable neighbourhoods. A thorough review of existing bylaws and requirements is completed with a summary report that analyzes potential subdivision and/or proposed rezoning.

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