Meet Gil Kelley, Vancouver’s new General Manager of Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability: Nov 3 (Thu) 12:30 pm


Gil Kelley, General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, City of Vancouver. Photo: SFU City Conversations

Important info. Below is text from the SFU City Conversations web page announcing this event. The chief planner for the City of Vancouver is an important role. Here is your chance to hear him speak publicly, and to convey your thoughts. From CityHallWatch, a question, at the bottom.


Thu, November 3, 2016
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Room 1900 (Note room change) SFU Vancouver at Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings
(one block from Waterfront Station)

At his only public talk since arriving from San Francisco, Vancouver’s new general manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, voiced an ambitious agenda. He said that since our city’s glory days of the 1980’s and ’90’s, “planning has shrunk. We need to be leaders, not just regulators.” He reminded us that the purpose of planning is to answer, “Where do we want to go?” and listed strategies, relations with senior levels of government, architecture, streetscapes, housing, jobs, transportation, regulation, public engagement, and a host of key project areas to focus on.

Mr. Kelley will talk about these in greater detail, but he’s new to Vancouver, and to Canada. He wants to hear from you. What are your interests, priorities, hopes and dreams for the look and feel of our city?

Please join us for the first conversation with Vancouver’s new decision maker, key staffer and implementer. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Registration is not required but seating is limited. Please try to arrive early to ensure a seat.

Can’t make the event? Follow City Conversations on Twitter and join the dialogue at #CityConv


Question from CityHallwatch: Our context in Vancouver is a municipal government system that is rather unique in Canada. We have powerful political parties, no wards, an at-large system for electing councillors, and elections in which the winning party is funded by enormous political contributions from unions, plus corporations in the construction/development/real estate industries. In that context, how can you ensure that any discussions and decisions about a city plan and urban planning will be truly fair, equitable, and reflect the long term needs of citizens, neighbourhoods, and society?

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