Last week, I cast my opinion that transit-oriented sites are THE most practical, economical, and impactful for moving the needle in the housing crisis.
First-hand I know this is true. In the past five years, I have traveled to world cities like New York, London, Hong Kong, Dubai, Tokyo, Melbourne, and Sydney. I’ve reviewed the case studies and talked to global leaders.
If we have a hope in creating housing at pace with immigration in Canada, the best projects are transit-oriented sites.
But where to start? CEOs of development companies are looking at regulations, and wondering… How will we make progress with uncertainty like this?
Even for seasoned experts, transit-oriented sites are not simple development projects. The issues we’re facing are complex, nuanced, and multifaceted:
🔹Permitting processes are difficult to navigate, even before you layer on the lack of clarity on servicing, public realm, site consolidation, and density bonus requirements.
🔹When community plans need updating (like they do in British Columbia by the end of 2025), it is difficult for government to provide applicants with direction on development cost charges, community amenities, and other servicing costs.
🔹Government continues to struggle with staffing —and in British Columbia, the bleak reality is planning departments understaffed AND charged with making complicated policy changes.
But there IS a light at the end of the tunnel. After spending decades working from all sides of the table & recently working on behalf of both municipal and private clients to stay ahead of regulatory changes…
…I am confident that what’s needed to accelerate zoning on a transit-oriented site is CLARITY.
1️⃣ By bringing a seasoned expert to support pre-development work, you are investing in third party support to know what is and isn’t possible for your site.
2️⃣ By leveraging this knowledge + my advice on how to navigate relationships, we will present a comprehensive application that provides solutions to “would-be roadblocks” in the approval process.
3️⃣ By presenting a comprehensive application where we take the lead in problem solving, we make government staff’s job 100x easier and make it straight-forward for them to approve the project.
The result? You’re ready to move forward with your transit-oriented site and unlock desperately needed high-density housing opportunities.
If you’re ready to take your transit-oriented development project across the line — I have a few open spots for pre-development consulting clients.
Together, within 30 days, we’ll develop a plan to optimize the value and impact of your work.
Especially during challenging seasons like this one, these spots tend to go fast. So don’t wait. Book a call with me today and let’s create a strategic plan to move your project forward.
Looking forward to speaking with you,