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Smart Growth Canada Network E-Courses 

 Project Type 

NGO, Sustainable Cities Capacity Building, Canadian Success Stories  

Role

Former Founding Executive Director/

Chief Editor 

Gloria Venczel, Former Founding Executive Director, Smart Growth Canada Network
Gloria Venczel, Former Founding Executive Director, Smart Growth Canada Network

Vibrant Complete Communities

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Gloria Venczel, Former Founding Executive Director, Smart Growth Canada Network
Gloria Venczel, Former Founding Executive Director, Smart Growth Canada Network

Community Involvement

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Gloria Venczel, Former Founding Executive Director, Smart Growth Canada Network
Gloria Venczel, Former Founding Executive Director, Smart Growth Canada Network

Transportation Choice

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Gloria Venczel, Former Founding Executive Director, Smart Growth Canada Network
Gloria Venczel, Former Founding Executive Director, Smart Growth Canada Network

Vibrant Complete Communities

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Workshops With Experts on  Affordable  Housing 

 Project Type 

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada , MetroVan's

Built City Speaker Series 

Role

Thought Leader

Gloria Venczel, MRAIC, Thought Leader, RAIC MetroVan's Built City Speaker Series
Gloria Venczel, MRAIC, Thought Leader, RAIC MetroVan's Built City Speaker Series

"A Deeper Dive into Family Affordable Housing-A Workshop with Experts"

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Gloria Venczel, MRAIC, Thought Leader, RAIC MetroVan's Built City Speaker Series
Gloria Venczel, MRAIC, Thought Leader, RAIC MetroVan's Built City Speaker Series

"A Deeper Dive into Family Affordable Housing-A Workshop with Experts"

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Gloria Venczel, MRAIC, Thought Leader, RAIC MetroVan's Built City Speaker Series
Gloria Venczel, MRAIC, Thought Leader, RAIC MetroVan's Built City Speaker Series

"A Deeper Dive into Family Affordable Housing-A Workshop with Experts"

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Role

Former Founding Executive Director + Chief Editor,

Smart Growth Canada Network  

Nine visually enhanced  e-courses on smart growth principles,  developed with the top two smart growth researchers in Canada, Dr. Don Alexander + Dr. Ray Tomalty, plus others.

-Funded by NRCAN + REFBC

-Based on Canadian communities'  success stories of implemented smart growth principles 

-Case studies 

-Reflective questions

-Crossword puzzles 

 Role

Thought Leader

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada,

MetroVan's 

Built City Speaker Series

Keynote Speaker: Gordon Price, Urbanist, SFU Centre for Dialogue

"A Deeper Dive Into Affordable Housing-A Workshop With Experts"

                                               

Experts included:

-Graham McGarva, FRAIC, Founder, VIA Architecture

-Darren Kitchen, Cooperative Housing Federation of BC

-Robert Brown, Catalyst Community Developments Society

-Colleen Hardwick, PlaceSpeak, GEO Located Online Community Consultation 

-Danny Oleksiuk + Rachel Selinger, Abundant Housing Advocacy 

Central Lonsdale Planning Study

City of North Vancouver 

Project Type

Master Planning + Density Bonusing for Rental Housing Policy + Feasibility Study

Employer

Urban Design + Planning  Project Lead  

City of North Vancouver 

Central Lonsdale Planning Study: Density Bonusing for Rental Housing -Public Amenities
Central Lonsdale Planning Study: Density Bonusing for Rental Housing -Public Amenities

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Central Lonsdale Planning Study: Density Bonusing for Rental Housing -Mobility + Side Street Design
Central Lonsdale Planning Study: Density Bonusing for Rental Housing -Mobility + Side Street Design

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Central Lonsdale Planning Study: Density Bonusing for Rental Housing-Front Counter Handout
Central Lonsdale Planning Study: Density Bonusing for Rental Housing-Front Counter Handout

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Central Lonsdale Planning Study: Density Bonusing for Rental Housing -Public Amenities
Central Lonsdale Planning Study: Density Bonusing for Rental Housing -Public Amenities

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Role

Urban Design + Planning Project Lead

Central Lonsdale Planning Study was an urban design/master planning feasibility study, working with in-house expertise on proformas, land value for density bonusing for cost-free non-market + market rental housing construction, demographic + housing stats. Developed massing, floor plate and urban design scenarios on where to locate the density within the study boundaries of  23rd Street down to 8th Street  +St. Georges Ave to Chesterfield Ave. 8 month process.

Results included:

-Capacity building for 12 member Council Appointed Steering Committee on planning tools + concepts on zoning wrt Official Community Plan, social diversity, the need for housing verity + affordability, what density bonusing is, snap shot of current housing stock + future projections, principles of pedestrian oriented streetscape design + retail success, parking reductions, TOD etc..

-Steering Committee returned a near unanimous recommendation to Council on density + building form.

-Public realm + open space planning for amenity  hubs along Lonsdale Avenue as Ceremonial Gateways, Destination Greenways/Playspace, Seniors Gathering + Outdoor Brown Bag, Transportation/Multi-modal + Info, Office + Outdoor Brown Bag 

-Side Street + Laneway amenity + character programming for residential streets, greenways, bikeways and transportation  

+ Post-Covid Recovery  +  Economic Equity  Climate Friendly Cities   Walkability + Vibrancy + Social Media vs Place Based Social Connectedness + Affordable Housing +  Equity Public Spaces + Social Resiliency + Micromobility + Curbside Management + Autonomous Vehicles + Data Collection + Privacy Smart Tech + Democracy + Public Capacity Building + Process + Happiness

Integrated Livability