October 27, 2021

Starting November 9: Regional Planning Fundamentals at City Program, Simon Fraser University

Vancouver is unique in having a strong regional focus on solving issues like urban sustainability, housing, transportation, land use, farmland security and infrastructure. All of these issues go beyond the boundaries of a single municipality.

How to learn about the the issues from a regional perspective, and glean the information to have an informed discussion?

Solving these problems requires an approach that brings various municipalities in a region together through shared strategies and action. Learning the “what”, “how”, and “why” of regional planning creates a powerful perspective on trying to solve some of the biggest urban problems facing cities and regions today.

Over three evenings online, instructor Christina DeMarco, former lead planner for the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy, will share the basics of regional planning and lead the discussion on current debates ranging from environmental protection to the tension between local and regional planning.

This course will benefit anyone who wishes to learn how to solve common urban problems through mutual cooperation and negotiation. You will be introduced to the purpose, theory and practice of regional planning and how it applies to many current problems faced by cities. From viewing urban problems through a “regional lens” to learning about basic tools like regional population and employment forecasts, this course surveys how shared problems can be solved by municipalities working together.

The course will include a discussion of contemporary debates on urban and regional issues. Some key topics include: the tension between local and regional planning, industrial land protection, farmland security, environmental protection, regional housing markets, the effectiveness of regional planning and its limitations, and the relationship between regional land use and transportation planning. The emphasis will be on regional district planning in BC, with a focus on Metro Vancouver, but examples of best practices and case studies will be highlighted from around the world.

From housing and land use to infrastructure, urban issues often extend beyond the boundaries of a single municipality.

You can find out more about this course by clicking here.

This course runs November 9 16 and 23 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm Pacific Time.


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