Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America

Steve Potvin

Directeur de l'urbanisme
FBCI Involvement

Steve Potvin holds a bachelor’s degree in urban planning (including international training) and a master’s degree in urban studies. He has been working in the fields of urban planning and architecture since 2002. His academic and professional experience have enabled him to develop expertise in the fields of planning by-laws, built heritage, urban design, project management, and commercial/international development.

Mr. Potvin boasts significant experience in the municipal sector, having served as director of urban planning for the City of Saguenay (borough of Chicoutimi) and, more recently, as head of the urban planning department for the City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

Steve Potvin also specializes in the field of architectural heritage. In fact, he has completed a master’s thesis on infill residential construction in the traditional urban fabric of the Plateau Mont-Royal borough. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Potvin worked as a research assistant for Mr. Luc Noppen, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Urban Heritage.

Moreover, Mr. Potvin has significant experience in international development, having overseen land use planning and management projects in Asia and the Caribbean. In this regard, he has been involved in major development projects, primarily in Haiti. In recent years, Mr. Potvin has focused his efforts on adapting the principles of the Form-Based Code to the Quebec land-planning context.