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Ballem’s internal note to staff re Toderian termination

January 31st, 2012 · 43 Comments

From: City Managers Broadcast Account
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 12:45 PM
To: All Staff (COV) – DL
Cc: Corporate Management Team (COV) – DL
Subject: COV Broadcast From City Manager:  City to Seek New Planning Director
Today, as you have likely heard, Council has confirmed the decision that our Director of Planning, Brent Toderian, will be moving on from his post with the city. As you will see from the Info Bulletin, Brent has made many contributions to the City in his years with us and I think we all know that he will have more contributions to make on a local, national and international level to the area of urbanism. Changes of this kind are never easy. It is important that our organizaiton be thoughtful and supportive of Brent and staff as we move through the transition. David McLellan and Brenda Prosken and I will ensure that the work of the city continues and that there is a smooth transition. I want to reiterate my thanks to Brent for all the work he has done on behalf of the citizens of Vancouver over the last 6 years.
Best Regards,
Penny Ballem
City Manager
City of Vancouver
Information Bulletin
Jan. 31, 2012
City to seek new planning director
The City of Vancouver is undertaking a number of strategic initiatives to balance the competing demands associated with housing affordability, economic development, citizen engagement and a broad sustainability agenda.
This work will be guided by major policy directions such as the Regional Growth Strategy, the City’s Economic Action Strategy, the Affordable Housing and Homelessness Strategy, and the Greenest City Action Plan, all of which present new opportunities and challenges.
Following due consideration, it has been determined that it is an appropriate time for a change in leadership in the Planning Department.
Today, City Council endorsed and confirmed that Brent Toderian will be moving on from the position of Director of Planning at the City of Vancouver.
An international search will be conducted for a new director of planning.
Over his six years with the City, Brent has led significant planning initiatives, including the Eco-Density Initiative, the laneway housing program, the Metro-Core Jobs and Economy Strategy, and the Cambie Corridor plan. Brent has also been a national and international speaker in the area of urbanism.
We wish Brent the very best in his future endeavours and thank him for his service to the city and its citizens.

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