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Last year around this same time PIBC hosted a webinar which explored the legal requirements of holding virtual council meetings, committee meetings, public hearings, public consultations and what local governments should consider as they adapt processes and strategies in response to COVID-19. This webinar will revisit the legal requirements and hear from planners across the province on how their local communities have been adjusting. Find out what is working and what remains a challenge. Hear firsthand about recent public engagement processes – the successes, the challenges and what was learned in the process.
Join Don Lidstone of Lidstone & Company, Jana Zelenski of Lanarc, local planners representing both small and large communities and representatives from the development sector for an informative, reflective and interactive webinar.
Don Lidstone Q.C, Managing Partner
Lidstone & Company
Barristers & Solicitors
Don Lidstone Q.C. is licenced in BC, Alberta, and Yukon. He practices generally in the area of local government law. His municipal law focus is in the areas of governance, finance and taxation, land use and development, environmental law, aboriginal law and bylaw/legislative drafting. Invited to speak regularly at conferences, symposia and universities, Don has chaired the Sustainable Region Initiative (Governance and Finance), Liquid Waste Expert Review Panel, Fire Services Review Panel, Whistler Waste Blue Ribbon Panel, and the Municipal Law Section of the British Columbia Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. He has published numerous papers and manuals and consulted on the development of the Community Charter and other municipal statutes in a number of provinces. Don was designated Queen’s Counsel in 2008.
Jana Zelenski, Principal, Landscape Architect + Engagement Planning,
Jana brings a strong background in landscape architecture and open space planning and a belief that the best solutions are reached through a comprehensive planning and consultative process. Jana’s work encompasses planning and design, from community-wide planning, to detail design and site implementation. She works closely with clients, and communities to plan and design solutions with lasting effects. Jana’s IAP2 Certification and work experience provides a solid foundation for designing and implementing engagement processes that are efficient and generate meaningful results.
She has been working with clients for over a decade to plan and execute consultations that engage stakeholders and members of the public on topics including environmental assessment, transportation, water, parks and open space, and community planning.
Our Community Panel:
Brad Jones, VP Development, Wesgroup
Tanja Oswald, Planning Analyst, City of Vancouver
Lecia Desjarlais, Planner, City of Vancouver
Lisa Bhopalsingh, Manager of Community & Cultural Planning, City of Nanaimo
David Block, Director of Development Services, City of Terrace