January 17, 2014

Update: SFU City Program Courses and Events


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

Feb 13, 2014, 9 am to 4:30 pm


SFU Vancouver – Harbour Centre Campus


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 a means of creating community amenities and infrastructure. 

Instructors: Jay Wollenberg, Coriolis Consulting Corp.; Bill Buholzer, Young Anderson



Rethinking Transportation: New Voices, New Ideas Brought to you by TransLink in collaboration with the SFU City Program

Breaking the Political Gridlock to Address the Transportation Challenge: Lessons Learned from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area January 28, 7 pm

Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (at SFU Woodwards), 149 West Hastings, Vancouver Admission is free, but reservations are required. Reserve

Metro Vancouver is not the only region in North America facing difficult choices about how best to meet the future transportation needs of a growing population – and how to pay for it. Like Metro Vancouver, which will add one million new residents over the next 30 years, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area is projected to see its population increase by 40 per cent in the next 20 years. Both Metro Vancouver and Toronto are seeking ways to give their residents new transportation choices, ease congestion, better connect people with jobs, and enable people to travel efficiently in all directions. 

To preserve and enhance their economic vitality and quality of life, both Metro Vancouver and the Toronto city-region cannot postpone significant investment in their transportation networks. In Toronto, where political gridlock has led to inaction, Dr. Anne Golden led a panel in fall 2013 to find a viable transit investment strategy for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. She will describe the political and financial context that was blocking progress in Toronto, and set out the plan that she and her 12 panel members hope will break the political and transportation gridlock. Lecture Series Details


Watch the December 6 lecture from Jennifer Keesmaat, chief planner for the City of Toronto.


Real Estate Development from the Inside Out
Feb 17-Mar 24, 2014, Mondays
6:30-9:30 pm
SFU Vancouver
Instructor: Herb Auerbach, and guest instructors
PANEL EVENTSuburban Sprawl: Innovative Approaches to Managing Suburban Sprawl January 20, 8 am-11 am

In the next 25 years, there will be 20% to 40% more Canadians. Providing this much housing with today’s development model would create: longer car commutes, increased pollution, higher risk of accidents, increased fatigue, impair quality of life and reduced family time. A new report issued by Sustainable Prosperity identifies the immediate and long‐term hidden costs of sprawl. The report represents a strong call to action for municipalities, asking them to adopt new policies and legislation to encourage efficient, healthy and resilient high‐density neighbourhood growth.

This event will use the findings of this report to address:

• How is sprawl subsidized by Canadian cities?

• How do we finance new expectations for development?

• Can the Vancouver model of urban planning be expanded to include suburbs?

• What policies will ensure that cities are not left with the tab after development charges are spent?

• What incentives successfully motivate developers to build in central areas? How can we make density attractive?


David Thompson, Policy Director, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Prosperity

Gordon Harris, FCIP President & CEO, UniverCity, SFU Community Trust

Anne McMullin, President & CEO, Urban Development Institute

Larry Beasley, FCIP Founding Principal, Beasley Associates

Moderated by Gord Price, Director, SFU City Program

Sponsored by The Canadian Urban Institute and Sustainable Prosperity in collaboration with Simon Fraser University City Program and the Urban Development Institute.



Community Food Systems
Mar 7-8, 2014
9 am-5:30 pm
SFU Vancouver
Instructors: Janine de la Salle, Urban Food Strategies, and others
Communicating Sustainability for Awareness, Accountability, and Action April 25–26 9 am–5:30 pm $650 SFU Vancouver Information/Registration Instructors: Nina Winham, New Climate Strategies, and others
SCD Studio May 22–24 9 am–5:30 pm
$790 SFU Surrey Information/Registration Prerequisite: UD cohort
Economic Fundamentals
May 7-8
8:30 am-5:00 pm
Campus Tower Suite Hotel, Edmonton, AB
Ecological Planning and Sustainable Design
May 9-10
8:30 am-5:00 pm
Campus Tower Suite Hotel, Edmonton, AB
Studio I January 30-February 1 9 am-5:30 pm $950 SFU Surrey Information/Registration Prerequisite: UD cohort
Ecological Planning and Sustainable Design
Mar 21-22
9 am-5:30 pm
SFU Harbour Centre
Urban Revitalization
April 11-12
9 am-5:30 pm
SFU Harbour Centre

Studio II June 5-7 9 am-5:30 pm $790 SFU Burnaby Information/Registration Prerequisite: UD cohort

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