Project 3c

Iqaluit's Plateau Development: A Vision for Sustainable City Planning in Canada's Eastern Arctic

Research Team

Jerald Sabin, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University

Frances Abele, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University

Timeframe: April 13, 2008 to August 31, 2008

Project Description:
This is an exploratory research project, with a view to producing a case study on the Plateau development in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The Plateau is the first eastern Arctic subdivision to be built using sustainable planning and design principles. This research project has four initial goals. First, to determine the unique environmental, social, and political factors driving, or impeding, sustainable city planning and design in Canada's eastern Arctic, with special attention to Iqaluit. Second, to produce a case study on the development of Iqaluit's Plateau subdivision, from initial design to implementation. Third, to establish what promising practices emerge from the development of the Plateau site, and that could be contextually applied to other Arctic communities. And, finally, what direction future research into Arctic sustainable city planning should take. 


Data will be gathered using open-ended audio-recorded interviews obtained from participants in the following five categories: public servants, including employees of the City of Iqaluit, and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; private sector actors, including developers of the Plateau subdivision, and consultants who have completed reports on the project; third sector actors, including representatives of  the Iqaluit Homeowners Association, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; and, residents of the Plateau subdivision. As a whole, all of these potential participants represent interested stakeholders in the development and success of the Plateau.

Recordings and transcripts of data will be kept in principal researcher's office in a locked drawer. No data will be saved to a computer hard drive. It will be stored on a removable memory device, which will also be stored in a locked drawer. Interview transcripts and other information will be kept by the researcher indefinitely.


Results from this research will be made available to participants in the form of a journal article, as well as through selected presentations. Notice to each participant will also be made to inform them of preliminary results

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