Planning Institute of BC

Planning Institute of BC

October 26, 2009 13:00 ET

BC Professional Planners Among Best in Canada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2009) - Members of the Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) were recognized with some of the highest honours in the country at the recent Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) annual conference.

Three BC planners were inducted into the CIP's College of Fellows, four BC organizations received Awards of Excellence, and three students at BC universities won scholarships to support their work toward university degrees in planning.

"These individuals are proof that Registered Professional Planners are an essential part of the team that makes great communities happen," said PIBC President Lindsay Chase. "They're the people who work to make our communities more livable, help realize a community's vision for the future, and find big picture solutions for people, communities and the environment,"

PIBC members honoured as Fellows of the Canadian Institute of Planners:

- Tom Becker, FCIP

Tom Becker has been influential in the creation of official community plans and zoning bylaws for dozens of local governments in B.C. and Yukon, and in working collaboratively with First Nations communities on community plans and other consultations. He is manager of planning for the B.C. region at AECOM.

- Robert Buchan, FCIP

Robert Buchan is credited with helping Langford make its mark in the areas of downtown revitalization, affordable housing, trail planning and greenways. He is also noted for his award-winning work on Interface Fire Hazard, designed to address the risk of fires in BC communities, and on translating LEED Green Building requirement to a Canadian context.

- Gordon Harris, FCIP

Gordon Harris is currently President and CEO of the SFU Community Land Trust. He has lectured to students at UBC, SFU and Capilano University. He has also carried out many research projects, working with researchers at the Urban Futures Institute, the Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity, and the Canadian Urban Institute.

BC organizations honoured with Awards of Excellence in planning:

- EcoDensity - City of Vancouver

This project, which involved extensive public consultation, resulted in an EcoDensity Charter, adopted by Vancouver City Council in 2008. The Charter makes environmental sustainability a primary goal in all city-building decisions.

- District Strategic Development Planning in Occupied Palestinian Territory - EcoPlan International Inc. (Vancouver, BC)

This project was completed in partnership with the United Nations' Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People. The guidelines support participatory democracy by strengthening the capacity of organizations at national, regional and local levels to undertake strategic development planning.

- North Shore Neighbourhood Plan - City of Kamloops

The result of an intensive planning process spanning more than three years, this comprehensive land use plan will direct and guide the growth and evolution of the North Shore over the next five to ten years.

- Town of Ladysmith Sustainable Community Visioning Project - HB Lanarc Consultants and the Town of Ladysmith

In response to residents' concerns about recent development, the community of Ladysmith undertook this exercise to articulate the community's preferences for future development.

- Scholarship Winners:

-- Brook Land-Murphy, Simon Fraser University, CIP President's Scholarship

-- Andrew Devlin, University of BC, Recipient of the Thomas Adams Past President Scholarship

-- Christine Wenman, University of BC, Horace Seymour Past President Scholarship

PIBC members work in a variety of fields, including land use planning, environmental resource management, land development, heritage conservation, social planning, transportation planning and economic development.

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