Thanks to Frances Bula for the heads-up. We wish Mr. Kelley all the best as Vancouver continues to grow and change.

Video interview (from June 29, 2016).

City of Vancouver release:

gil-kelley-feature“Gil’s extensive experience in cities like San Francisco and Portland is highly valuable at a time when Vancouver is facing an affordability challenge like never before, and we are thrilled to have him join our team at City Hall,” said Mayor Robertson.

Today, the City is announcing that Gil Kelley will serve as Vancouver’s new chief planner and general manager of the newly-created department of Planning, Urban Design, and Sustainability.

Gil has been appointed by City Council to fulfill statutory responsibilities of the director of planning under the Vancouver Charter and will lead the City’s work on all city planning visioning, policy, urban design, and major development negotiations. He will be a voting member of the Development Permit Board and a member of the Corporate Management Team.

The newly created department of Planning, Urban Design, and Sustainability will also have our Sustainability Group integrated within its mandate, which will support the effective implementation of our Greenest City Action Plan, Renewable City Strategy, and green building initiatives.