November 10, 2022

Newly Elected or Returning to Council in British Columbia? Here’s the Course for You!

So you are a newly minted City Councillor in British Columbia  and you want to know a bit more about the moving parts of city planning?

SFU’s City Program presents an online workshop designed specifically for newly elected officials and those who might like a refresher. Led by professional planner Eric Aderneck, you’ll receive an expert introduction to urban planning and how to build more sustainable and vibrant communities and physical environments.

Date: Saturday November 19, 2022

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Place: Online

You can register for this online course by clicking this link.

You will learn about the purpose and practice of urban planning in British Columbia. This workshop will cover planning and development issues and the planner’s role in building cities, from the perspective of an elected official. We’ll explore the interrelationships between the physical, environmental, economic, social and built considerations in planning at site, neighbourhood, city and regional scales.

The workshop will outline the need to plan the roles of participants, stakeholders and decision-makers in planning and development processes. This includes a review of the regulatory hierarchies, and the application of land use tools, such as plans, policies, zoning, subdivision and other approvals.

Specifically, this class covers the following components:

• The Need for Planning

• Planning and Sustainability

• Land Uses and Densities

• Types of Land Use Plans

• The Process of Plan-Making

• Regulating Land Uses

• Actors and Public Engagement

• Land Development Process


The workshop format includes presentation sections by the instructor, Q&A sessions, and group breakout discussion sessions.

Reference materials and resources will be provided online just before the workshop begins.

Meet your instructor

Eric Aderneck has a wide range of experience working in development, consulting and local government – with capabilities in urban planning, land development, real estate, planning policy and project management. Over more than two decades, his diverse experience has included working for the public and private sectors in the Metro Vancouver region in different capacities such as planning, development, and being an educator.

Eric is a Registered Professional Planner (MCIP) with the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC). He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) British Columbia Chapter and holds a LEED Green Associate credential.

Eric’s formal education includes a master’s in urban and regional planning from Queen’s University, a bachelor’s in commerce from the University of Victoria, a diploma in urban land economics from UBC, as well as Advanced Project Management, Real Estate Construction & Development, and Management Communications Skills diplomas from Langara College.

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