PIBC’s Vancouver Island North Chapter is excited to bring to you the second session of the 2021 Lunch and Learn Webinar Series
Join us for an online Zoom event on Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.
The Vancouver Island North Chapter Committee is excited to bring you a presentation by Andy Gaylor RPP, MCIP, titled: “From the Trenches: A Planner’s Guide to Dealing with Difficult Councils”. One of the most daunting challenges in a planning career is making the jump to presenting planning recommendations to a City Council or Regional Board. There is an art in explaining often complex policy and technical matters to a Council whose members are likely not well versed in the subject matter. This awkwardness is amplified when planners are faced with Councillors elected on an anti-staff, “cut red tape,” populist platform.
Join seasoned development planner Andy Gaylor as he shares his insights and recommendations in dealing with difficult Councils. In his presentation, Andy will shed some light on the factors that drive a wedge in the relationship between staff and Council, what a challenging Council looks like, and some tips for dealing with tough, pointed questions when you’re in the “hot seat”. Andy argues that good planning recommendations should always prevail even when a planner is pressured to align their stance with something more politically acceptable.
About the Speaker
Andy Gaylor is a registered professional planner with over 12 years of progressive municipal planning experience, working in planning departments in the sunny Okanagan with the City of West Kelowna for eight years and presently with the City of Campbell River as a Development Planning Manager since 2017. Specializing in development planning, Andy has worked in many different levels of planning, from a planning intern with the City of Courtenay as a university student to his present position as manager, supervising a small team of development planners in Campbell River; a City experiencing unprecedented development pressure. Andy holds two degrees from the University of Victoria, including an Undergraduate Degree in Political Science (2008) and a Masters Degree in Public Administration (2019). Andy is guided by a belief that forging genuine and strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders can yield developments that maximize public benefit. When Andy isn’t dealing with difficult Councils, he can be found fixing up his rustic cabin on Quadra Island with his wife and two young sons.
About this event
Please join us by computer or by phone on Thursday, June 10 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm for a presentation and Q & A.
In order to attend the virtual event, please CLICK HERE to RSVP and register. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to those registered.
The Zoom link will be active prior to the presentation starting at 11:30 am for anyone who is interested in an informal “check-in” with other local planners attending the event. This is meant to be a way to connect with colleagues and meet new planners in the area through the form of a virtual pre-presentation mingling session.