About three months ago, the Urban Design Institute, the development industry’s trade body, invited me to speak as part of one of their lunch panels. It was about community engagement. Today was the second part of that conversation, with a panel made up developers and their aides, giving the industry’s perspective on engaging with the communities. Once again I was invited, this time as a guest.
Bob Ransford was once again the moderator. The panelists were Virginia Hill who works for developers securing support for their projects, Beau Jarvis and Deanna Grinnell both of Westgroup Development, and developer Marc Josephson. The room was busy and the standing lunch — a great opportunity to network — was excellent as usual.
All of the panelists were keen on early engagement with the neighbourhoods, with face-to-face meetings, identifying potential issues and getting on with dealing with them, and sticking with the community…
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