Change is coming to the City of Vancouver’s Planning Department as head planner Brian Jackson announces he is set to retire at the end of 2015. In a CBC radio interview this morning, Jackson stated that he would be staying to complete a final report to Council regarding tearing down the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts. Jackson’s tenure lasted a short three years, and while he claims that his decision is personal, it has left some wondering whether he was up for the challenge of this Council’s very aggressive mandate?
Frances Bula wrote today in the Globe and Mail, “Jackson came in promising to be more consultative and to build on what Vancouver had done well – creating density that fit with neighbourhoods and was livable. He was successful in getting new plans for the West End, the Downtown Eastside and Marpole passed, after lengthy consultations and major adjustments in communities that had originally mounted protests”
Mayor Gregor Robertson stated to the Vancouver Sun “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, and 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.”
An international search will be sparked to look for a replacement for Jackson, according to a City of Vancouver News Release.