The Home Farm Master Plan
Client Mi’kmaq Confederacy
Location Charlottetown | Prince Edward Island | Canada
The Home Farm is a 100-year old 116 acre property located in the heart of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The farm previously functioned as a federal agricultural research station and forms an integral part of the city’s identity. The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI is interested in acquiring the land and commissioned O2 to develop a masterplan for the site.
The long history of the site and its close relationship with the citizens of Charlottetown make any development of the lands a contentious issue. As a result, public consultation played an extremely valuable role in the process of developing the master plan. Maintaining and enhancing public access, preserving and strenghtening cultural heritage, integrating the site into the surrounding neighbourhoods, and providing minimal and appropriate development to support the existing sites functions and provide support for maintenance are major components of the proposed master plan.
The plan was guided by considering future development within the concept of sustainable design, emphasizing social, ecological, and economic sustainability. The final plan coordinates mixed-uses, including residential, commercial, and institutional sites; significant amounts of open space; and ecosystem functions, such as wildlife habitat and stormwater management.