Land Use Compatibility

New planning directives emphasize the need for urban intensification and for “optimizing” the use of existing land supply. Consequently, there has been an ever-increasing number of planning applications placing potentially incompatible land uses near each other. At the same time, the regulatory regime is changing as well, with changes to guidelines, regulations and policies.

Air quality review, measurement and modelling studies can be conducted to ensure compliance with land use planning and air quality policies, regulations and guidelines. These studies examine the effects of chemical contaminants, dust, and odour. Sources of interest include industrial / commercial sources as well as transportation sources such as roadways, railways, and airports.

Measurements are conducted using state-of-the art equipment and procedures to obtain quick and accurate results. Modelling is usually performed using computerised versions of the AERMOD, CALPUFF, CAL3QHCR, Reg346, or others as appropriate. Model outputs can be either at discrete receptors, or in the form of contours (isopleths of equal pollution levels). Where required, various mitigation measures and control plans can be investigated and designed. Expert witness testimony can be provided.