From City Hall: Community Based Planning

From City Hall: Community Based Planning

City Planners will be spending more time in the community so that they are better able to view applications from a resident’s perspective, if a recent proposal I made at the City’s Planning and Growth Management Committee comes to fruition. The motion, which passed unanimously, asks Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmat to report back to the December 4 meeting of the committee on a process for developing a community-based planning model. The process will, of course, involve community consultation on how staff can work more closely with communities. More to come …

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From City Hall: Protecting Neighbourhoods from Tall Buildings

City Council recently adopted a set of Tall Building guidelines.  On the positive side, the guidelines should do a better job of requiring developers to think more about how their buildings relate to sidewalks, open spaces and other tall buildings.  But what about how they affect people living in the much smaller homes nearby?

My motion to ask Planning staff to strengthen the protection for residents passed. Unanimously.  Certainly a rarity at Council meetings in recent years.

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