Planning Dialogues 2015

Planning in Vancouver – past and future

In 2016, Vancouver will welcome a new Director of Planning. The impending leadership provided a catalyst for community discussion about our planning culture and how it continues to evolve.

In October 2015, following the announcement of Brian Jackson’s retirement as planning director, three events produced by organizations closely associated with planning in the city explored urban planning in Vancouver under the theme Vancouver’s Planning Principles and Culture. For documentation and a description of these events, click on links below.

Stories from the Ground: Identifying Core Principles to Guide Vancouver’s Planning Future
UBC School of Community and Regional Planning and Vancouver City Planning Commission
In facilitated discussion, a diverse group of 60 individuals from many backgrounds and with experience engaging with planning processes in Vancouver shared personal stories with features that highlighted significant practices, lessons and values.

Politics and Planning: Vancouver’s next planning director
SFU City Conversations
Marguerite Ford and Peter Ladner, former City Councillors, and Frances Bula, urban affairs journalist, discussed the relationship between politics and planning.
(Highlights, video)

Future and Past: Planners and Planning in Vancouver
SFU City Program
Larry Beasley, Ann McAfee, Ray Spaxman and Brent Toderian, former Vancouver Planning Directors, discussed their experience with planning in the city and shared ideas for the future.
(Highlights, video)