Michael Alexander wrote down observations from our new city planner, Gil Kelley, at his Urbanarium intro talk:

  • Where do we want to go?
  • Strong, detailed incremental planning.
  • Area plans— what were best practices?
  • Planning has shrunk. We need to be leaders, not just regulators.
  • There has been a collective layering of bylaw accumulation. Consolidate and clarify.
  • There’s a generational divide over density, lifestyle, cars.
  • Don’t rehash CityPlan, but figure out how to knit together what we have.
  • CAC’s are great. We need to do best allocation, and insure public understanding.
  • A renewable city strategy, to come.
  • We’re getting better architecture after a period of sameness. More inventive.
  • Focus on the ground plane and the space between buildings.
  • The City needs better cooperation with Translink and Metro Vancouver. Regional compacts.
  • How are we addressing our housing needs? The ‘missing middle.’
  • We need to expand our downtown core planning.
  • Waterfront hub! The embarrassment of Granville Street ending into a parkade.
  • More diverse and regional job base.
  • Importance of the Broadway Corridor and transit to UBC.
  • The opportunity of the Jericho Lands.
  • Impact of the Millennium Line extension and development.
  • Main Street: keeping its moderate scale
  • Seismic retrofit for a renewable city
  • Regulatory review and budgeting
  • Public engagement: what works? Tours.
  • Feedback loops for planning and engagement

A long list, not in any particular order. He did emphasize the waterfront, and I was struck by his comments on regional cooperation.

He noted that he worked in Portland, which has very tight regional planning and decision making, and the San Francisco Bay Area, which is fragmented (105 municipalities; 26 transit agencies, multiple water, power, waste collection and disposal).