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Summit Addresses Improving Community Development Processes

How Can We Change Our Ways?

It’s time to improve development processes for the communities we want! Public processes frequently fail to deliver clear representations of community perspective; the onus of rezoning to achieve Official Community Plan objectives is put on developers; and processes can be adversarial and extortionary. We need progressive thinking and better processes to facilitate economic recovery and vibrant communities.

Join a panel of expert planners and developers at the upcoming virtual State of the Island Economic Summit for a session on ‘Changing our Ways’, featuring:


• Kerry Slavens, Director of PR & Engagement, South Island Prosperity Partnership


• Luke Mari, Principal, Development Leader, Aryze Developments

• Miko Betanzo, Senior Planner, Urban Design, Sustainable Planning & Community Development, City of Victoria

• Kathy Whitcher, Executive Director, Urban Development Institute, Capital Region

Thank you to The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board for sponsoring this session!


Challenges & Opportunities our Communities face due to COVID

The pandemic is impacting our communities in many ways both known and unknown. Commercial vacancies, business closures, reduced tax revenues, increased social issues, now challenge every community large and small.

Join us at the virtual State of the Island Economic Summit, taking place October 27-29, for a session that will provide a look at where new opportunities lie for our communities and how we can plot our way forward.

See the full Summit Agenda here.

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