Innovative approaches to Managing Suburban Sprawl in Canada

A panel discussion focused on managing suburban sprawl in Canada takes place from 8:00am to 11:00am on Monday, January 20, 2014 in the Segal Building at Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus, located at 500 Granville Street in Vancouver.

In the next 25 years, there will be 20% to 40% increase in the Canadian population. Providing adequate housing with today’s development model would create longer car commutes, increased pollution, higher risk of accidents, increased fatigue, impaired 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 panel event will use the findings of this report to address the following questions: 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?

Panelists include: Gord Price, Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University; David Thompson,  Policy Director, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Prosperity; Gordon Harris,  FCIP President & CEO, UniverCity, SFU Community Trust; Anne McMullin,  President & CEO, Urban Development Institute; and Larry Beasley, FCIP, Founding Principal, Beasley Associates.

The cost to attend is $95 for Canadian Urban Institute/Urban Development Institute members, and $130 for non-members.

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This event is a presented in collaboration with: Sustainable Prosperity, the City Program at Simon Fraser University, and the Urban Development Institute. Sustainable Prosperity is a national research and policy network based at the University of Ottawa. SP is focused on market-based approaches to building a greener economy. The City Program at Simon Fraser University offers courses and lectures focused on explaining the urban world and envisioning what it could be. The Urban Development Institute is a non-profit association, with international affiliations that represent all facets of the development industry and its related professions.