There are still seats available in our “Writing Reports for Council” course (taught by Dr. Ann McAfee), scheduled for October 28. See below for details. Also, be sure to check out our other professional development offerings this fall.

Giving Council a Piece of Your Mind: Writing Reports That Work

Oct 28, SFU Vancouver
Instructor: Dr. Ann McAfee

This is a practical course on writing reports. Many council reports are standardized; staff are able to refer to past examples and municipal formats. By contrast, policy reports are frequently “one-offs.” This course focuses on these policy reports. It addresses the challenges of assembling strategic directions, incorporating public input, conveying options and framing recommendations.

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Financing Urban Growth: The Use of Development Cost Charges and Community Amenity Contributions

Nov 8, SFU Vancouver
Instructors: Jay Wollenberg and Bill Buholzer

This course is a comprehensive, detailed, and practical examination of the economic, legal, planning, and political dimensions of development levies, negotiated community contributions, and density bonusing as means of creating community amenities and infrastructure.

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Designing and Drafting Design Guidelines

Nov 25, SFU Vancouver
Instructors: Neal LaMontagne and Oliver Hartleben

Good urban design—from the building to the site to the neighbourhood—benefits from strong, clear and well-crafted design guidance, and many planners and urban designers are tasked to draft design guidelines.

This course will guide you through the challenge of drafting design guidelines in varied contexts—from the elements of urban design performance to structure and the drafting process. This course will also help you make a meaningful contribution to advancing the quality of your local built environment and the development approval process.

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Urban Design

The following courses can be taken without applying to the Urban Design Certificate.

Economic Fundamentals
Nov 16-17, SFU Vancouver
Instructors: Gerry Mulholland and Michael von Hausen

Urban Vitalization
Nov 18-19, SFU Vancouver
Instructors: Judy Oberlander and Michael von Hausen

For details on course offerings, please visit our website.

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