Michael Mortensen brings 20+ years of development and urban planning experience to his work leading teams and managing all aspects of the development of transformative mixed-use projects.
A developer and a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, Michael understands development from both the private and public perspective. His experience includes projects at scale in Greater Vancouver, Toronto, London UK, and the UNESCO World Heritage City of Edinburgh.
Michael has served on the City of Vancouver’s Development Permit Board Advisory Panel and the City of Surrey’s Urban Design Panel. He currently teaches a Real Estate Development course as an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business.
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20+ years of industry experience as a planner and developer 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.
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Vancouver's skyrocketing land prices are putting enormous pressure on affordability. Between 2013 and 2016, in the three years I was away working in London UK, the cost of prime downtown land in Vancouver doubled from $250 per buildable square foot to more than $500/bsf - sending aftershocks in the price of land to surrounding submarkets. However, land cost increases are not the only story: construction costs are also on the rise.
We're living in interesting times with Federal, Provincial and Local levels of government all intervening in the housing market in the interests of affordable housing. Are we forgetting the biggest tool in our affordable housing toolbox?
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