Milestones 2015

“Welcome to an evening of conversation about the future of the city, informing our thoughts about the future by reflecting on the past.”

With these words of welcome, Marta Farevaag invited panellists and audience to a public panel event on January 26, 2016, to consider the question:

What were the defining decisions, actions and events of 2015 in planning and development that could prove to be transformative in Vancouver’s evolution?

For the list of proposed 2015 significant events, click here

Panel Discussion

In a discussion moderated by CBC Radio’s Stephen Quinn, four panellists actively involved in planning and development in Vancouver offered their perspectives on 2015 and issues that matter for the future:

Noha Sedky, Urban planner and facilitator
Jennifer Marshall, Architect and urban designer
Frances Bula, Urban affairs journalist
Bob Rennie, Condo real estate marketer


Our goal was to host a lively and informed conversation with engaged fellow citizens about ideas that matter for the future of the city, with two specific objectives:

  1. Review and comment on a short list of significant planning and development events that happened in 2015 that could have a transformative effect on how the city evolves; and
  2. Launch the first edition of a new online timeline of milestones in Vancouver’s planning and development history.

The overflow audience reviewed a set of panels displaying a short list of potentially significant 2015 events that had been brainstormed at earlier workshops, and exchanged ideas over refreshments.

The outcomes from the brainstorming workshops and the public conversation at the panel event will be used to create the short list of potential planning and development 2015 milestones to update the online timeline, and to provide ideas for future community conversations about the future of Vancouver.

“Congratulations. That was a very effective panel, particularly as there was a real exchange of views.” Marguerite Ford, former City of Vancouver Councillor

Links to Highlights from the Panel Event