Oakville Homes

December 29, 2010



 I assume that most people don’t know what CPTED means and don’t ask about it when they purchase a home.  Fortunately for us, our local planners and politicians sometimes make a point of adding it to the urban plan for a new development.  It is written into provincial regulations concerning urban planning design. 


Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, a proven discipline that contributes to the reduction of crime within an area that is built to CPTED standards.  Crime cannot be prevented totally but, you can design an urban environment that will reduce the OPPORTUNITY for crime.  You make it more uncomfortable for criminals to work an area and hopefully they move on to an area no so concerned about CPTED principles.

Earlier in the concept, builders thought of CPTED as “target hardening” and would put in more substantial locks, doors and windows.  All good concepts to slow down a burglar but, it increases the cost of the individual building and thus not a totally supported concept.  They leave the target hardening now to the individual after they buy the house.

CPTED uses proven principles to design the built form of a community to reduce crime opportunities and is just a way of design.  It doesn’t actually have to cost anything and is quite intuitive when you think about it.

Below, you will see the CPTED principles being built into the North Oakville, Davis-Minardi subdivision.  Of course, it is up to the builder to utilize the principles in their designs.  Some builders will and others might not.  Mattamy has shown a past history of breaking the law (illegal berms in Ottawa, construction on contaminated soil in Milton and illegal (code) wiring to sell a home) so I wonder if they will really consider the community and build to proper CPTED principles.  If they don’t, it is the homebuyers and community members who will ultimately pay the price.  I know in some sub-divisions Mattamy didn’t follow all the CPTED principles. 

And, I would be surprised if any house inspector could comment on these principles so, you will have to trust your builder that they did in fact follow CPTED principles.

North Oakville, Davis-Minardi subdivision


In order to promote a safe, pedestrian-friendly community, the design of all new buildings should incorporate the principles of CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design), including the following:

*  A clear definition between public and private space should be provided through

   the design and placement of buildings, fencing and landscaping.

*  Site planning and building design should allow for visual on look of public spaces.

*  Lighting should be designed to relate to the pedestrian scale. It should be directed

   downward and inward to mitigate negative impact on neighbouring uses.

*  Ample fenestration facing public areas (streets, parks, schools, walkways, etc.)

   should be provided to promote casual surveillance or “eyes on the street”.

*  Front porches will be encouraged, where feasible, to promote interactive outdoor

   spaces and to act as an interface between private and public realms.

*  The presence of the garage within the streetscape should be diminished by limiting

    its width and projection and by bringing the habitable portion of the house or

   porch closer to the street, where feasible.

*  All entries to dwellings should be well lit.

*  Main entrances should generally be visible from the street and clearly defined.

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