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Development Permit Board Advisory Panel

The advisory panel advises the Development Permit Board about the applications that the board is reviewing. The advisory panel:

  • Reviews plans and models of proposed major development.
  • Hears presentations from applicants and other interested parties.
  • Attends all meetings of the Development Permit Board. Panel members may participate in board meetings if they wish.

As advisors to the Development Permit Board, advisory panel members are polled for their opinions but do not vote on the applications before the board.

Terms of reference

The Development Permit Board and Advisory Panel Bylaw establishes the board and its advisory panel, describes their membership, powers, and responsibilities.

Meeting frequency

The advisory panel meets every other Monday at 3:00pm at Vancouver City Hall. Meetings generally end by 10:00pm, although they may run later. Extra meetings are sometimes scheduled.

Time commitment

Several hours of preparation time are needed before each meeting. Advisory panel members may be asked to perform additional work outside regular meeting times.


The advisory panel consists of nine members appointed by City Council. The members include:

  • The chair of the Urban Design Panel
  • The chair of the Vancouver Heritage Commission
  • Two representatives of the development industry
  • One representative of the design professions
  • Four representatives of the general public (one of whom also represents young people in the community)

City Council members or City employees are not appointed to the advisory panel.


Group Represented Representative(s) Alternate(s)

Urban Design Panel

  • Amela Brudar (Chair, Urban Design Panel)
  • Helen Avini Besharat (Vice-Chair, Urban Design Panel)
Design professions
  • Vacant
Development industry
  • Richard Wittstock
  • Beau Jarvis
Vancouver Heritage Commission
  • Anthony Norfolk
General public
  • Rebecca Chaster
  • Ryan Rohani
  • Dani Pretto
  • Stephanie Allen


At any given time, approximately half of the members are appointed for 1-year term and the other half for 2-year terms.

Resources for advisory committee members

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about building and zoning


Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon

Contact the Development Permit Board

Meeting Coordinator

Kathy Cermeno
Phone: 604-873-7770

For general Development Permit information:

Phone: 604-873-7611