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Landmarks Planning Strategies Ltd. facilitates heritage projects or projects seeking to establish community landmarks.

We will work with you to understand your project’s connection to community and identify challenges to secure the success of your project and of your community.

Municipal approvals can be challenging. Our professional planning and public engagement expertise can help you understand and respond to municipal policies. Let us facilitate the approval of your planning project.

Professional Planning & Heritage Services

Planning and heritage conservation contribute to resilient communities. We work with government agencies, property owners, developers, community groups, and site managers to identify, manage, and plan for projects that improve communities and conserve historic places.
Professional Planning Services

Landmarks offers professional planning services that bring governments, businesses, and citizens together to improve our communities’ housing, heritage, tourism, climate change adaptation, culture, and many other critical matters. We will work with you to ensure the success of your project; aligning your interests with the interests of your community.

  • Policy and process analysis, development, and implementation
  • Community consultation
  • Municipal negotiations and development approvals
  • Heritage planning and urban design
  • Strategic planning in support of policies and programs
  • Due diligence reports and background studies
  • Expert testimony and peer reviews
Professional Heritage Services

We have specialised knowledge and experience in the technical and ethical standards of heritage planning and evaluation. We will guide your heritage project toward a successful outcome; ensuring that any interventions are informed by an in depth understanding of the historic place.

  • Heritage Conservation District Plans
  • Heritage management and strategic plans
  • Property-specific or community-wide historic research
  • Documentation and inventories
  • Statements of Significance
  • Cultural heritage assessment and evaluation reports
  • Heritage Impact Statements
  • Expert testimony and peer reviews

The adaptive reuse of historic places can reduce operating emissions, create accessible and affordable spaces, and accommodate new residents. Our professional heritage expertise can help you make meaningful interventions on heritage properties.

Other Services

Heritage Interpretation & Education

Landmarks offers services in heritage interpretation and education. Heritage interpretation reveals meanings and relationships of cultural interest to the public, through direct experience with a landscape or site. Education is a powerful tool to build community support for policies and projects and to develop public understanding of community, planning, and conservation.

  • Interpretative planning and programming
  • Academic courses and curriculum development
  • Customized training (councils, committees, NPOs, etc.)
  • Seminars and workshops
  • Publications and online learning

“Your determination and genuine interest to enhance the quality of life here in our region is an admirable example for us all.”

Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax Regional MunicipalityIn reference to Seamus’s leadership in obtaining a National Historic Site designation for Melville and Deadmans Islands

"The Friends of Schmidtville hereby bestow this award of Heritage Excellence for the dedicated and invaluable contribution to the preservation of Schmidtville in drafting the Heritage Conservation District plan and working with the community"

About

Seamus McGreal is Principal with Landmarks Planning Strategies. He is a senior planner (MCIP, LPP) and a heritage professional (CAHP) with over 20 years of experience in undertaking increasingly complex planning and heritage projects. He has worked with all three levels of government and non-government organizations. Seamus has led major planning projects, including the implementation of community plans, programs, and Heritage Conservation Districts.

Seamus currently serves as President of the Atlantic Canada Association of Heritage Professionals: a society dedicated to promoting the value of heritage conservation and to maintaining principles and standards of practice for heritage consultants in Atlantic Canada.

His most recent professional awards include:

  • 2023 CAO Award of Excellence for outstanding contributions to public service in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
  • 2023 Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals  Award of Excellence for Heritage Education, Awareness and Scholarship for Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church Commemoration
  • 2021 Canadian Institute of Planners Planning Award of Excellence for Planning Practice for Old South Suburb Heritage Conservation District Plan
  • 2020 Atlantic Planners Institute Planning Award of Excellence for Comprehensive Policies and Plans for Old South Suburb Heritage Conservation District Plan

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