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The Vancouver Experience: MB0718

Ann McAfee
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 01:00:34
Ann McAfee and Larry Beasley co-present a discussion of the successful planning of Vancouver, Canada. The rapidly growing city has successfully developed with the involvement of citizens in both planning and delivery, and received the label of being the most liveable city in the world. The planning process has been delivered around a number of strategies, including: to balance jobs and housing accessibility through appropriate land use and transport;  to expand and protect a diverse and ideas based economy; to support social inclusion; allowing growth to pay for new services; create both a sustainable core and suburbs.
Increasing residential density downtown by reclaiming industrial “brownfields” for mixed income communities has created a vibrant city centre. In suburban areas, more sustainable densities are being created around neighbourhood centers where mixed housing choices, retail and community prioritized services maintain liveable communities. Resident input into local development, although sometimes cumbersome, results in a city shaped by public and not private interests. The success of Vancouver’s planning process will continue to promote one of the most livable and sustainable cities in the world.
  • An understanding of the history and practice of urban design and issues of city planning.
  • An understanding of issues of ecological sustainability and design for reduction of energy use and environmental impact.
  • An ability to identify elements of city planning, including facilities, mobility, recreation, conservation, land use and encouraging economic prosperity.
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA

    Principal, City Choices Consulting

    Ann McAfee retired in June 2006 from the position of Co-Director of Planning (with Larry Beasley) and Director of City Plans for the City of Vancouver.  During her thirty years at the City of Vancouver, she was responsible for Vancouver’s Housing Programs from 1974-1988.  From 1994 – 2006 she was responsible for city-regional planning, city-wide policy plans, and community planning.  In mid 2006 she established Dr. Ann McAfee & Associates: City Choices Consulting, a firm specializing in advice on strategic planning and public processes.  She is currently participating on the Audit Expert Group reviewing the Melbourne 2030 Plan.

    Ann McAfee has a Doctorate in City Planning and Urban Land Economics from the University of British Columbia.   She has taught at several universities and currently is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Community & Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia.

    Dr. McAfee is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners. She has been recognized by a variety of organizations including Lambda Alpha International (Honorary Land Economics Society), International Downtown Association, Urban Development Institute, and the Canadian Housing Design Council for her contributions to planning.