About Dr. Ann McAfee, FCIP, MLAI, Retired Co-Director of Planning at City of Vancouver

Ann McAfee has a Doctorate in Planning and Urban Land Economics from UBC. From 1974 to 2006, she worked for the City of Vancouver first as Housing Planner, and from 1994 – 2006, as Co-Director of Planning. In mid-2006, Dr. McAfee established City Choices Consulting, a firm specializing in advice on strategic planning and public processes. As an Adjunct Professor, she teaches a course in strategic planning. Dr. McAfee is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners. In 2007, she was co-recipient of the Kevin Lynch award for distinguished planning practice from M.I.T.

Plans, Pandemic, Protests: Time For Cities to Pause & Pivot

This paper describes the immediate and possible future impacts of COVID-19 on planning in the Greater Vancouver area.

The first part introduces three initiatives, launched in 2019, to refresh city and regional plans. The second part identifies new challenges for plans to address and initial responses to COVID. The paper concludes with transferable observations on reframing plan making in the context of COVID and fiscal constraints.

Included are four planning steps that combine inspirational objectives for economic and equitable recovery, with aspirational plans for longer term resiliency, and offer actionable programs to move forward in the context of available resources.