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Event: Innovative Approaches to Managing Suburban Sprawl – January 20, 2014

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The Canadian Urban Institute and Sustainable Prosperity in collaboration with Simon Fraser University  and the Urban Development Institute invite you to attend:

Suburban Sprawl

Innovative approaches to managing suburban sprawl in Canada.

Date: Monday, January 20, 2014
Time: 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM (PST)
Location: Simon Fraser University, Segal Building, 500 Granville Street, Vancover, BC
Tickets: $95/$130 via Eventbrite

In the next 25 years, there will be 20% to 40% more Canadians. Providing this much housing with today’s development model would create: longer car commutes, increased pollution, higher risk of accidents, increased fatigue, impair 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 moderated by Gordon Price, Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University, will use the findings of this report to address:

  • 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?


David Thompson, Policy Director, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Prosperity

Gordon Harris, FCIP President & CEO, UniverCity, SFU Community Trust

Anne McMullin, President & CEO, Urban Development Institute

Larry Beasley, FCIP Founding Principal, Beasley Associates

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Sustainable Prosperity (SP) Report

Learn More:

Canadian Urban Institute is a non‐profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in urban areas throughout Canada and abroad.

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. It is funded by the City Program Endowment Fund.

The Urban Development Institute is a non-profit association, with international affiliation that represents all facets of the development industry and its related professions.