Planning Principles

Planning principles are based on best practices and lessons learned in urban planning. They provide a consistent framework that guides Humber’s commitment to excellence in campus design and development.

Campus Planning

  • Humber’s development capacity should be fully realized, while respecting the integrity of the campus to support the College’s
  • strategic priorities.
  • The use of transit and alternative methods of transportation should be encouraged in development initiatives.
  • Campus development should sustain and enhance the architectural and visual coherence of the campus.
  • Structures and outdoor spaces of historical, architectural, or environmental significance should be preserved and Humber’s distinctive sense of place and tradition should be enhanced.
  • Unified campus communities and ecosystems should be planned to include a fundamental framework of social and environmental amenities (e.g. child care, food services, recycling facilities etc.).

Site Planning

  • New development, renovations and additions must be appropriately integrated into the existing campus environment.
  • A system of continuous pedestrian routes throughout the campus should be established to provide safe and convenient access to all of Humber’s facilities, including convenient access for people with mobility issues.
  • Personal safety considerations must be paramount in building and landscape design

Building Design

  • All buildings should be identifiable as College facilities and contribute to the quality and coherence of the campus.
  • On the perimeter of the campus, the buildings should convey Humber’s distinct identity, as well as ensuring appropriate integration with the adjacent communities.
  • Building design should make efficient use of each building site, taking into account the limited availability of undeveloped campus lands.
  • Building design should take into account the impact on the natural surroundings.
  • Accessibility for people with disabilities [link to AODA Committee page] must be taken into account in building design.
  • Building design should provide flexibility to facilitate changes in use, as well as improvements in technical systems and support.
  • When making decisions about designs, processes and products that influence resource use and other environmental impact, alternative methods that result in good environmental practices should be considered.