The Panel gives impartial and professional advice to the Director of Planning, Development Permit Board or City Council on any proposal or policy affecting the community’s physical environment. In particular, the Panel offers advice on significant development permit applications which are to be reviewed by the Development Permit Board or Director of Planning, as well as comprehensive rezoning applications and other projects of public interest.
The Panel is strictly an advisory body and makes recommendations only. It does not have the authority to approve or refuse projects or make policy decisions. It is required to be composed of not less than 13 members. They consist of:
6 members from the Architectural Institute of British Columbia:
Daryl Condon, Hughes Condon Marler Architects
Veronica Gillies, HOK Architects Corporation
Peter Wreglesworth, Stantec Architecture Ltd.
Helen Besharat, Architect, Besharat Friars Architects
Greg Borowski, Architect, Merrick Architecture (Chair)
Alan Endall, Architect, Endall Elliot Associates
2 members from the Association of Professional Engineers:
David Grigg, Street Smart Infrastructure Planning
Geoffrey McDonell, Engineer, Cobalt Engineering
2 members from the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects:
Robert Barnes, Landscape Architect, Perry + Associates Landscape Architecture
Bruce Hemstock, PWL Partnership Landscape Architects
1 representative from the Vancouver Planning Commission:
Arno Matis, Iconstrux Architecture Ltd.
1 member representing the Development Industry:
Norm Shearing, Parklane Homes
1 member representing Art Professionals:
About the Author: Chris Friesen has been the ISSofBC Director of Settlement Services for over twenty years. He is currently leading the multi-year initiative to design and build a Metro Vancouver Regional Service Centre for Refugees. In spring 2016, this 58,000sf facility will become the first of its kind in the world, bringing together a variety of community and government services and organizations to meet the immediate needs of refugees and immigrants settling in BC. Learn more about the new Welcome House.