Archive for January, 2012

von Hausen in Action

Our Urban Design Coordinator, Michael von Hausen, brings his enthusiasm, along with his knowledge, to every class – in this case, a studio at SFU Surrey, where the students undertook an analysis of the area to the north of the Surrey Central.  Here he is in action:



Our thanks as well to Sonny Tomic (far right), the senior urban designer at the City of Calgary, his co-instructor, and the other members of the jury: Jim Cox , CEO of Surrey City Development Corp., to Sonny’s right, and Mary Beth Rondeau, the Senior Urban Designer at City of Surrey, just out of the picture.


January 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm Leave a comment

Urban Studies Blog

SFU Urban Studies – our academic colleagues – have just started to produce their own blog.  You can find it here.

January 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

Surrey EnergyShift Panel

Join the City, experts and members of your community in a discussion to move Surrey towards an energy efficient, low carbon, healthy community that supports local job creation.

Learn more and shape Surrey’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan.

Thursday, Feb 2nd, 2012registration encouraged

Enver Creek Secondary | 14505 84th Avenue

Tons of great prizes including a bike giveaway and bus tickets for the first 70 people who arrive by transit! Snacks and refreshments provided.

Open House | 5:30-7 PM

Interactive Exhibits and Activities

Expert Panel | 7-8:15 pm

  • Mayor Diane Watts
  • Mark Forsythe, CBC Radio’s BC Almanac (Moderator)
  • Gordon Price, SFU City Program
  • Nimal Rajapakse, City of Surrey’s Clean Technology Task Force
  • Nancy Olewiler, TransLink & Powertech Labs Director
  • Penny Priddy, Surrey Board of Trade’s Social Policy Committee

Small Group Discussions | 8:15 PM

You’re encouraged to register to guarantee seating and sufficient snacks & refreshments.

January 20, 2012 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

The Rees Summary – Jarrett Walker’s lecture

Here’s Stephen Rees’s summary of the Jarrett Walker lecture:  Public Transit: What is the Question?

January 19, 2012 at 11:55 am Leave a comment

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Bullitt Environmental Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Bullitt Foundation Environmental Fellowship. This prize is awarded each year to an outstanding graduate student at a university in the Pacific Northwest who has overcome a disadvantaged background, compiled a sterling academic record, been endorsed by key professors, and demonstrated promise of emerging as an environmental leader.

The Fellowship was established in honor of Priscilla Bullitt Collins, the late chair of the Bullitt Foundation and carries an award of $100,000, distributed over two years. We send this announcement in the hopes that you will share it with colleagues and encourage any graduate candidate student with demonstrated leadership in an environmentally progressive focus to submit an application by April 1st.

More information and application instructions are available online here.

January 19, 2012 at 11:47 am Leave a comment

Canadian Association of Planning Students Conference – Here at SFU

Canadian Association of Planning Students 2012 Conference and AGM  

February 2nd – 4th 2012

Vancouver, British Columbia – Simon Fraser University’s Downtown Campus, Harbour Centre (515 West Hastings Street)

Website here.    

The national CAPS-ACÉAU conference is the premier event for planning students from across Canada. Join us in 2012 in the beautiful and inspiring setting of Vancouver, BC for a three day conference to share your research and projects, network with planning students and professionals from across Canada and the Pacific Northwest, and explore leading planning initiatives in the Greater Vancouver region.

Keynote speakers include: Larry Beasley, Julian Agyeman, and Gordon Price.


January 6, 2012 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

Financing Urban Growth

Given the interest in Development Cost Charges (DCCs) and Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) – here’s a class being taught by Jay Wollenberg, president of  Coriolis Consulting, on February 2:

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

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 means of creating community amenities and infrastructure.

Register here.


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

  • Understand the BC legal framework for Development Cost Charges (DCCs), Community Amenity Contributions (CACs,) affordable housing, heritage building preservation, and other means of obtaining contributions from urban development for infrastructure or amenities.
  • Discuss the pros and cons of current approaches and practices in BC communities, from the perspectives of local government, developers, land owners, and the community.
  • Consider and discuss the municipal fiscal rationale for contributions from development projects and compare with the use of property taxes to fund infrastructure and amenities.
  • Learn the urban land economics foundation for development contributions and the potential market impacts of DCCs and CACs, including potential impacts on housing prices and affordability
  • Discuss the principles for sound design and effective implementation of CAC and DCC plans
  • Understand the implications for municipalities: pros and cons of using these tools to obtain community amenities and infrastructure.
  • Understand the implications for land owners: effect on land value.
  • Understand the implications for developers: land acquisition costs, impact on profitability, impact on ability to acquire/assemble  land.
  • Understand the implications for provincial legislation: is there a better way to achieve community amenities and infrastructure?
  • Review actual approaches used in communities in BC. Discuss pros and cons of different approaches.

January 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment