The Urban Land Institute BC Young Leaders Group were pleased to host Kaye Krishna, the new General Manager of Development, Buildings, and Licensing with the City of Vancouver at Inform Interiors in Gastown on February 22nd, 2017. We were delighted that you could join us!
Kaye provided a thought-provoking and refreshing presentation on her career prior to the City of Vancouver, her current role at the City, and how she sees her department moving forward to assist Vancouver from a planning and development perspective. Kaye began her presentation with Thoughts and Observations of Vancouver from an outsiders perspective. She discussed how Vancouver is a “city of neighbourhoods”, and as such, we should continue to preserve their distinct and unique nature while accommodating for future development. Housing is of course at the forefront for every discussion when it comes to development, and Kaye raised the topic of the “missing middle” and how to potentially overcome it with innovation. New York City has a variety of housing types that Vancouver has not taken advantage of such as rowhomes. The City needs to use innovation and new techniques to overcome these large-scale issues.
Kaye discussed how entrepreneurial Vancouver is, and brought up some fascinating statistics to the 60+ ULI members in attendance. The small business environment in Vancouver is “fantastic” and continually growing. 95% of businesses in Vancouver are small businesses, and 60% and 5 employees are less. While everyone looks at the big companies that come to Vancouver, there are many small businesses that are continually contributing to the local economy.
Kaye then provided an overview of the Development, Buildings, and Licensing department at the City of Vancouver and the priorities for the department in 2017/2018. These included:
- Streamlining the Development Process
- Updating City Planning Tools
- Clarifying the role of Advisory Bodies
- Conducting a Full Regulatory Review
Kaye concluded her presentation discussing resiliency and sustainability in our social and built environments. This includes the paradigm shifting technologies of Uber and AirBNB.
The event concluded with a brief Q&A period, along with a networking session. Event detail is available here.
Please also ensure to check out some photos from the event on our ULI BC Facebook page here.
This post event summary was written by ULI BC YLG Member, Andrew Fayn (MXD Development Strategists)