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General Manager of Planning and Development Announces Retirement

July 26 2015

City Hall in summer, behind the trees on the north lawn

After 35 years of experience planning in the public and private sector, the City of Vancouver General Manager of Planning and Development, Brian Jackson has announced his plans to retire at the end of 2015.

 

Following an international search, Jackson was appointed by Council as the General Manager of Planning and Development Services, and has spent the last three years leading the most ambitious planning agenda the City has ever experienced. Under his leadership and through his ability to enable complex land use policy and related decisions, the City has delivered on both the development of and the implementation of key community plans including the West End Plan, the first ever Downtown Eastside Plan, the Marpole Plan, the Cambie Corridor Plan, and through the work which still continues on the Grandview-Woodland Plan has lead an unprecedented engagement using an innovative Civic Assembly methodology.  In addition, Jackson has overseen the most significant growth in job related commercial development in the downtown core in the history of Vancouver. Jackson has achieved the difficult goal of enabling large, complex planning initiatives to continue to create livable, sustainable communities while contributing to a vibrant and robust economy. Over the next few months prior to his retirement date, Jackson hopes to complete key elements of his legacy Heritage Action Plan to ensure the preservation of Vancouver’s historic assets.

 

In addition to his planning leadership, Jackson has also served as the executive lead of the Permits and Licenses project, which is a major information system update for the processing of the thousands of permits and licenses issued by the City – this is the most significant business transformation project in the history of the City.  

 

“During his time at the City of Vancouver, Brian Jackson worked to create a more coherent approach for land use planning. He’s been a true leader in this area and has taken on the challenge of working with individual communities to take action on our vision for the future of Vancouver.” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “He has made a significant impact and shown what smart, creative and integrated urban planning can look like. Although we’re sad to see him leave, we wish him the best in his retirement.”

 

A number of Jackson’s initiatives have received recognition through the Planning Institute of British Columbia. In 2015 the Marpole Community Plan with Silver for Excellence in Policy Planning. The West End Community Plan won the 2014 Excellence in Policy Planning for its innovative policies and comprehensive public engagement.

 

Jackson will retire as of December 31 2015 and an international search will be undertaken to find a replacement.