90-DAY PROGRAM

Demystify the Development Review & Approval Process

Get Your Project Across the Line in 2024.

90-Day Program For Project Leaders Who Are Ready for Results, Confidence & Clarity.

Feeling Frustrated & Confused About How to Move Your Project Through the Approvals Process—On a Timeline That Actually Works For Your Investment Committee, Capital Committee, or Board?

As a leader of a land development project, your quest to get your project through approvals requires jumping through a seemingly-infinite series of hoops. Between…

  • Recent policy changes
  • Strict land use regulations that don’t fully align to your site
  • Complex and diverse stakeholders

…The roadblocks preventing your project from getting approved seem to be piling up with every passing week.

Every project is a difficult project.

Simply put, there are no “easy” sites left, and every site is different. As a project leader, you’ve been tasked with not just seeing a simple project through—but untangling a web of complex, specific issues that you may or may not have even seen coming.

Environmentally sensitive areas require coordination with different government organizations.

From habitats of endangered species to contaminated sites, a vast percentage of projects are subject to strict environmental regulations that require consideration by different government organizations. This requires an intentional approach to coordination.

Stakeholder engagement is often complex.

You’re getting input from a wide range of different sources—your team wants one thing, neighbours, local businesses, environmental groups, and indigenous groups are introducing other perspectives, and you’re feeling unsure about how to move forward. You frequently feel like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place.

And, with the added problems of the housing crisis and recent staffing issues in virtually every area of our industry? You’re…

  • Eager to contribute to the cause by developing real estate that provides tangible solutions for communities.
  • Getting anxious about all those review process horror stories you’ve heard from peers in our industry (or, that you are living right now).
  • Confused by land use policies—and even worse, you don’t know the people in government, so you don’t know who to talk to in order to start sorting this out.
  • Seriously concerned about staffing issues with all parties involved in this project.
  • Worried that your project might be doomed to sit in limbo for months… or at this rate, even years.

As an ambitious project leader, you’re committed to finding a clear channel forward—one where you can get your project approved in a way that minds all of the regulations AND your team’s timeline. 

…But you have no idea where to turn for guidance from someone who’s been through the process many times before and understands how to navigate it. 

You’re looking for support from a specific expert with niche experience in navigating development review and approval. AND you want to establish these skills for yourself, so you can impact your project, your organization, and the industry more profoundly.

Here’s the truth about the Development Review & Approval Process:

Submitting your application isn’t the hard part. 

Submitting a COMPLETE application that…

Satisfies land use regulations and policies. 

Provides a thoughtful, holistic plan for navigating the web of challenges that impact your property.

Comprehensively answers all the questions government will have about your project.

Is rooted in collaboration with government and leverages real communication and trusting relationships. 

Gets moved to the top of the stack & avoids the back-and-forth of comments—rather than gathering dust on someone’s desk or having to be resubmitted dozens of times.

…That’s where most project leaders run into difficulty.

More than almost anything, project leaders like you need a safe and secure environment where you can trouble-shoot on your project… In a space that’s 100% confidential, encourages honesty and vulnerability, and is led by a leader in Canadian real estate who’s been in your shoes dozens of times.

Having worked in the land development industry myself for more than 25 years, I know how difficult, complex, and frustrating this process can be…

And I’ve learned how to navigate it with ease and confidence.

I’ll never forget that sinking feeling in my stomach. I was working on my first major project—a government infrastructure project worth about $200 Million. We were in the weeds, trying to get approved when I realized I’d missed a crucial detail:

The land—like so many properties —was considered an environmentally protected area. This was the kind of news that stood to derail our timeline by years. 

I had done my due diligence and significant research into this area… but as any project leader can attest—it’s difficult to know what you don’t know until it’s right in front of you. 

We were sent back to the drawing board to resubmit (and resubmit, and…) our application over and over again until the project finally got clearance. 

Long story short, we made it work. The project was completed and everyone moved forward. But even now, more than a decade later, I think of that experience often. 

These days, having worked with tens of clients, in government, and with a private equity firm that invests in real estate…

… I understand the review and approvals process with MUCH more clarity than before. 

I may not be able to go back and tell my past self what key information she was missing. 

But I can ensure that today’s project leaders understand exactly what’s needed to get your project across the line…

…Even if you’re dealing with complex regulations, protections, and stakeholder engagement. 

That’s why, after nearly 25 years of…

→ Working in the trenches of the review & approvals process

→ Getting even the most challenging projects approved—from both the government side and the developer side

→ Forming meaningful relationships with people on “both sides of the table”

 

…I am offering an exclusive opportunity that breaks down exactly what senior leaders of projects need to know to:

  • Ensure that your team can submit a complete, comprehensive application with ease.
  • Feel confident responding to common challenges like environmental and stakeholder complexities.
  • Be confident and experience total clarity around what’s needed to get your project across the line as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Introducing… The Approvals Accelerator

A Program For Project Leaders Who Want More Confidence Navigating Review & Approvals—So You Can Get Your Project Across the Line, ASAP.

Getting your project across the finish line doesn’t have to be a slog. 

→ If you’re overwhelmed by land use regulations and policies…

→ If you’re tired of feeling like you don’t know what’s coming next…

→ If you’re done with waiting for the other shoe to drop…

It’s time to invest in personalized support & clear the channel for your project’s success.

The Approvals Accelerator is a 90-day program for developers, subject matter consultants, and leaders of land development projects. Inside, you’ll…

Circumvent the approvals process overwhelm & get a straightforward path to approval.

Get clarity around what’s actually required in your community plan amendment, zoning, Development Permit, or other government application, so you can navigate the process with confidence.

Work hand-in-hand with an award-winning real estate leader to troubleshoot specific issues in your project.

Learn how to build real relationships with government and stakeholders—so you can actually get your calls answered and your paperwork processed.

Crack the code on navigating complex issues like land use policies, environmental regulations, stakeholder engagement, and indigenous engagement.

Save your team countless hours and dollars—because you will be moving forward through approvals and won’t be resubmitting your application for months on end.

To supercharge your progress and help you get results as quickly as possible, you’ll get…

 

2X Monthly 1:1 Advisory Coaching Sessions With Tegan Smith

Twice per month, we’ll meet privately for a one-on-one coaching session to navigate review and approvals. We’ll dive into confidential project issues and develop specific solutions to challenging project issues. You’ll also get introductions and speaking points to build your network and create an intentional plan for engaging government staff, so you can get the support you need to move your project through with ease. 

Unlimited Voice Memo Consulting with Tegan Smith via Voxer

Between our coaching sessions, we’ll stay connected via Voxer, a voice messaging app. Your advisory package includes unlimited voice memo consulting. Need to talk through an unexpected obstacle? Have a quick question about your application? Want guidance or advice on how to address a particular issue? Drop a voice note any time and I (Tegan) will reply to your memos within one business day of receiving them.

Access to My Project Leadership Resource Vault

Over more 25 years of working in this industry, I have compiled an extensive collection of project leadership resources. Throughout your 90-days of advisory support, you’ll have exclusive access to my entire vault, including:

→  Templates to help you navigate the development and review process

→  Workbooks to inventory land use regulations

→  Sample meeting agendas

→  Checklists of key items to address in your speaking points

→  Project Management Plans

→  Government Engagement Plans

→  Public Engagement Plans

→  Advocacy Plans

 

…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Plus, you’ll move your project forward week after week with…

>> Project Deep Dives to uncover specific problems and solutions in every advisory coaching session.

>> Personalized resources and direction on specific land use policy to watch for based on your unique project, as well as the best ways to approach indigenous reconciliation.

What Makes This Opportunity So Unique?

We’re living through a uniquely frustrating (and opportune) moment in the development landscape. While it’s perhaps never been more challenging to get a project passed through quickly—it’s also never been rewarding. 

As a project leader, you’re tasked with navigating unique obstacles like ever-evolving land use and stakeholder engagement policies. This can feel like an insurmountable challenge. 

You have a beautiful opportunity to create real change in communities. In the light of our current housing crisis + staffing shortages across virtually every industry, you have the chance to…

  • Provide meaningful solutions that create housing in areas of significant need.
  • Create new commercial developments that empower and support our economy.
  • Form bridges between real estate officials and government officials, so we can collaborate across party lines and create real change. 

What most developers and project leaders don’t understand is—we cannot succeed in a vacuum. 

  • With new regulations, it will get more difficult before it gets easier.
  • There are no easy sites left.
  • Every application is more complex than the last.
  • There are no “simple”, cookie-cutter solutions.
  • Everyone is dealing with high levels of stress and pressure. 

If you’re going to get your project across the line—on a timeline that pleases your team & leads to easeful results within your project—you’re going to need to understand how to :

→ LISTEN to diverse perspectives to understand what’s happening behind the scenes in the community where your project is located.

→ CONNECT the dots between government regulations and your team’s goals, in a way that makes sense for all impacted parties. 

→ FIND THE TRUTH through difficult conversations with all parties of what’s really required to get your project approved and constructed, so you can create the impact and revenue you desire. 

The Approvals Accelerator

Applications Are Open! Submit Yours Now to Get Started…

A 90-Day Program For Project Leaders Who Want More Confidence Navigating Review & Approvals —So You Can Get Your Project Across the Line, ASAP.

>> 90-Days of High-Touch Work Together With Award Winning Real Estate Planning Consultant, Tegan Smith

>> Twice Monthly One-on-One Confidential Coaching Sessions With Tegan Smith, to Navigate Development Review & Approvals

>> Unlimited Voice Memo Consulting with Tegan Smith

>> Access to Exclusive Project Leadership Resource Vault

PLUS…

>> Project Deep Dives to uncover specific problems and solutions in every session.

>> Personalized resources and direction on specific land use policy to watch for based on your unique project, as well as the best ways to approach indigenous reconciliation.

Who Is The Approvals Accelerator Advisory Program For?

You’ll be a great fit for The Approvals Accelerator If…

You are a project leader or in a similar role, including:

  • Senior Vice-President
  • Vice-President
  • Director of Development
  • Senior Development Manager
  • Project Director
  • Senior Project Manager

You’re working on any type of real estate development or infrastructure project in one of the following types of organizations: 

  • Developer or real estate investment organization
  • Non-profit organization
  • Government

You are actively engaged in a project that’s currently going through review & approvals.
You’re ambitious, bright, and willing to go the distance to see your project through.
You value relationships and networking within your industry.

The Approvals Accelerator Is NOT a Fit For…

Those with less than 10 years experience.

Those who are not actively engaged in a project that’s going through review and approvals.

The Approvals Accelerator Advisory Program Kicks Off January 8, 2024.

Doors Are Open Now!

What Happens When You Submit Your Application?

Your application is a no-obligation request to learn more about the program and speak with me, Tegan Smith, to decide whether this advisory program is right for you. Here’s what happens when you decide to reach out:

Submit your application. You’ll be asked to complete a short series of questions about your current project and your goals as project leader. 
My team and I will review your application. If it seems like we’re a good fit, we’ll reach out to schedule a time to speak. 
On your call, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any outstanding questions and get clarification about any specific details or concerns. If we both finish the call feeling like The Approvals Accelerator makes sense for your goals, you’ll be invited to join us officially. 
We’ll send over an invoice and contract to finalize your enrollment. The program fee is billable as a project planning consultant fee and is one of your project’s soft costs.
You’ll be invited to kick off our work together!

The Approvals Accelerator

Applications Are Open! Submit Yours Now to Get Started…

A 90-Day Program For Project Leaders Who Want More Confidence Navigating Review & Approvals—So You Can Get Your Project Across the Line, ASAP.

>> 90-Days of High-Touch Work Together With Award Winning Real Estate Planning Consultant, Tegan Smith

>> Twice Monthly One-on-One Confidential Coaching Sessions With Tegan Smith, to Navigate Development Review & Approvals

>> Unlimited Voice Memo Consulting with Tegan Smith

>> Access to Exclusive Project Leadership Resource Vault

PLUS…

>> Project Deep Dives to uncover specific problems and solutions in every session.

>> Personalized resources and direction on specific land use policy to watch for based on your unique project, as well as the best ways to approach indigenous reconciliation.

You Don’t Have to Navigate the Review & Approvals Process Alone. 

By the End of Our 90-Days Together, You’ll Walk Away With…

Precise knowledge of exactly what you need to do to get your project approved, with as much ease and as little headache as possible.

The confidence and clarity on land use policy to stay in the driver’s seat throughout your project’s review and approvals process.

A feeling of empowerment that you’re no longer at the mercy of government initiatives and can proactively streamline your own approvals process through networking and relationship building.

Knowledge of how to have a radical and important impact on your project, your organization, communities, and the industry.

The experience and next-level leadership abilities to move forward in your career, advance in future projects, and take on more challenging opportunities in the future.

A note from Tegan Smith. 

In more than 25 years working with land development industry leaders and government officials, I’ve learned a LOT about what it takes for a project to go from conception to construction—with as little friction as possible. 

I’ve been part of projects that went up like a dream…. And projects where we were stuck in purgatory for months without any sign of light at the end of the tunnel. 

The projects that went well were the ones where we were prepared with a solid knowledge of changing regulations and applicable land use policy. We navigated the hurdles easefully thanks to our in-depth understanding of the process and trusting relationships.

On the other hand, the projects that went poorly were the ones where the team didn’t know the land use policy and leaned too heavily on government officials for guidance and solutions to the problems we encountered. 

The Approvals Accelerator Advisory Program was born from need. Especially in light of the current housing crisis and labour shortages, Project Leaders desperately need a safe, confidential space to:

  • Get up to speed on land use policies
  • Get hands-on strategic advice from someone with boots-on-the-ground experience
  • Get their project across the line

I created this program because:

  • Leaders need quick, effective advice on what’s required to move forward with development projects.
  • To be candid—THIS is the level of support I deeply craved (but struggled to find) on past projects. 

You can get your project to the top of the stack if you are well-informed on land use policy, willing to work collaboratively, and proactive about bringing solutions forward. That’s what we’ll be doing together in this 90-day experience. 

  • If you’re ready for a simpler approach to reviews and approvals, in the current environment…
  • If you want to get your project across the line, ASAP…
  • If you want to feel confident leading your team to the finish line…
  • If you want a streamlined, collaborative approach to getting approved…

THAT is my offering to you through this experience. 

Throughout my career, mentoring others has always been an important part of my work. In 2024, I’m going all-in on the advisory program as the ideal way to increase my impact and create real change. 

The Approvals Accelerator is an exclusive opportunity to have a massive impact on your project, your organization, and our industry. We’re now accepting applications for this intensive program…

…But to ensure a high-value, transformative experience for all involved, space is limited to just 5 project leaders. 

Want to be one of them?

Apply now to join me for 12 weeks that will supercharge your project’s progress, clarify land use regulations, demystify the review process, and build your skills as a leader in the real estate space. 

See you inside,

Tegan

The Approvals Accelerator

Applications Are Open! Submit Yours Now to Get Started…

A 90-Day Program For Project Leaders Who Want More Confidence Navigating Review & Approvals—So You Can Get Your Project Across the Line, ASAP.

>> 90-Days of High-Touch Work Together With Award Winning Real Estate Planning Consultant, Tegan Smith

>> Twice Monthly One-on-One Confidential Coaching Sessions With Tegan Smith, to Navigate Development Review & Approvals

>> Unlimited Voice Memo Consulting with Tegan Smith

>> Access to Exclusive Project Leadership Resource Vault

PLUS…

>> Project Deep Dives to uncover specific problems and solutions in every session.

>> Personalized resources and direction on specific land use policy to watch for based on your unique project, as well as the best ways to approach indigenous reconciliation.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m working on a major development, government, or nonprofit project worth several million dollars. Is this appropriate for projects at this level?

Yes, without question. This program is best suited for project leaders working on projects of $10 Million or more. I have decades of experience working on projects worth upwards of $200 Million. In other words, you’re in good hands. 

This sounds like a great opportunity—but my plate is already beyond full. How much time is this going to require?

The Approvals Accelerator is designed to take work and stress OFF your plate. As such, you can be successful in this advisory experience with just a few dedicated hours each month for 90-days. The beauty of this experience is that you get personalized, 1:1 advisory consulting support in an expedited container—so you can get the information you need, submit a winning application, and move your project across the line ASAP.

I am a subject matter consultant who is starting to lead more of the regulatory process. Is this for me?

If you are a senior architect, engineer, or environmental consultant who is starting to take leadership on development review and approvals for projects, this program is a perfect fit for you. 

Someone on my team would love for our project’s leader to be part of this program. Can I apply on behalf of someone else?

As long as that person is committed to and excited about completing this opportunity, absolutely! Submit an application and let’s hop on a call with your project leader to discuss this. Email me at tsmith@channelconsulting.ca for more information.

How much does The Approvals Accelerator cost?

The fee for the program is $14,500.  The Approvals Accelerator is a planning consultant service and, as such, can be expensed as a project soft costs.

How are most participants covering the fees for The Approvals Accelerator?

The Approvals Accelerator is a planning consultant service and, as such, most participants will be expensing the program as a project soft cost. Unless you wish otherwise, your invoice will quote the project name and that the fee is for planning consultant services. 

I have additional questions. Who can I speak to about this?

For more information, submit an application or reach out to me directly at tsmith@channelconsulting.ca. Hope to hear from you soon!

The Approvals Accelerator

Go Into 2024 With the Clarity & Confidence You Need to Lead Your Project With Ease.


Get Approved & Get Your Project Across the Finish Line With…

Applications Are Open! Submit Yours Now to Get Started…

A 90-Day Program For Project Leaders Who Want More Confidence Navigating Review & Approvals —So You Can Get Your Project Across the Line, ASAP.

>> 90-Days of High-Touch Work Together With Award Winning Real Estate Planning Consultant, Tegan Smith

>> Twice Monthly One-on-One Confidential Coaching Sessions With Tegan Smith, to Navigate Development Review & Approvals

>> Unlimited Voice Memo Consulting with Tegan Smith

>> Access to Exclusive Project Leadership Resource Vault

PLUS…

>> Project Deep Dives to uncover specific problems and solutions in every session.

>> Personalized resources and direction on specific land use policy to watch for based on your unique project, as well as the best ways to approach indigenous reconciliation.

Meet Your Leader

Tegan Smith is a leading expert on land development, and the Founder of planning consulting firm, Channel Consulting. With over 25 years of experience in land use, Tegan brings a uniquely in-depth and nuanced approach to land development.

She is recognized as a prevailing voice in this industry.

In November 2022, Tegan was named the winner of the Urban Land Institute of BC’s 2022 Outstanding Leader award. Moving forward, she wants to use her knowledge and platform to help others in the industry connect people and ideas to successfully unlock housing.