Michael launched Liveable City Planning Ltd in Vancouver BC in 2016 with 20+ years of experience delivering transformative mixed-use real estate projects.
A developer and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, Michael understands private and public interests. In Vancouver, he worked in public service for a decade, first with CMHC Assisted Housing, and subsequently with the City of Vancouver as a Senior Planner with the City’s Major Projects team. His private sector experience includes projects at scale in Greater Vancouver, Toronto, and Los Angeles, and international experience leading development teams in Grosvenor’s London UK head office (2013-2016).
Michael has served on the City of Vancouver’s Development Permit Board and the City of Surrey’s Urban Design Panel. He is an Adjunct Professor with UBC’s Sauder School of Business, teaching an MBA course in Real Estate Economics, Pro Formas, and Urban Planning.
LinkedIN Profile Here
20+ years of industry experience Urban Planning and Real Estate Development have given me an appreciation of the benefits of embracing the ideas of creative people within our communities. Excellent public involvement processes build trust; they are essential if we are to redevelop our neighbourhoods with intensity and commensurate amenity.
Case Study Here
UPDATE: On July 23, 2020 the City of Vancouver's planning team brought forward Purpose Built Rental Housing Zoning allowing 6 storey development in the City's C-2 Zones. By a narrow margin, Council voted to defer a decision until the Fall of 2020.
See the Council Report and Minutes Here
Time flies! In July 2020, Liveable City Planning turned 4! I owe much of my success to my network of many friends and colleagues - you all know who you are! I am celebrating all of you by making a donation to RainCity Housing, a non-profit working on the front line of homelessness and its root causes.