Whether you are a private developer, government organization, or non-profit group, the dominant risk to a project’s business plan is the municipal approvals process.
The next municipal election is on October 15, 2022. A year from now, Councils will stop making decisions.
After the next municipal election, there will be turnover in who is elected, policies will need to be updated to address the platforms of the new Councillors, and staff who are disengaged by this will change jobs. The election will have an impact on your project requirements and timelines.
Channel helps project leaders to address approvals risk. We typically work in three phases:
- DUE DILIGENCE REPORT documenting relevant regulations and precedent decisions, assessing cost and timeline risk, and recommending next steps.
- Execute on a GOVERNMENT ENGAGEMENT PLAN, working in collaboration with government and other stakeholders to better understand approvals risks and how to manage them.
- Prepare QUALITY SUBMISSIONS. We advise subject matter consultants to ensure their reports fully address government feedback so that submissions are easily approved.
This past year, we have helped several clients achieve unanimous Council approvals.
“Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.”
To be able to communicate something people want, first we understand what it is that they want. We bring grace, listening and paying attention.
Do you have a well-articulated strategy for how and when you will engage government in your projects?
Channel has quickly become the gold-standard in Vancouver because of our elegant approach. We listen and we adapt to the distinct needs of the project and the local community.
Who is looking after your approvals process? Are you positioned to achieve your goals? If you need help, please call me.
Tegan Smith, MCP, RPP, MCIP (she/her/hers)
Principal, Channel Consulting
I acknowledge that Channel is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.