Residential Preferences in B.C.: If You Build It – They Will Come

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Date(s) - October 30, 2013
10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is the first in a series of free online learning sessions intended to highlight recent healthy built environment research, information, tools, and resources that can help inform planning processes and decisions. This series is presented by the Provincial Health Services Authority on behalf of the Healthy Built Environment Alliance, a voluntary network of organizations from a wide variety of sectors across B.C. that provides leadership and action for healthier, more livable communities.

These webinars are intended for individuals involved in influencing and making planning and community design decisions, including: architects, planners, design professionals, engineers, real estate developers, and local government decision-makers.

The first research of its kind in B.C. will be presented that looks at the difference between where people want to live, versus where they actually live. A variety of graphics and images bring the research findings to life and demonstrate the growing, latent demand for more walkable environments that are currently under-supplied.

  • Learn about the characteristics of walkable environments and residential preferences in B.C.
  • Hear about why this is an important issue for the province and local governments.
  • Explore how this information can be applied in planning processes.


  • Dr. Lawrence Frank, Director, Health & Community Design Lab, School of Community and Regional Planning, UBC
  • Jennifer Hill, Senior Planner, Intergovernmental Relations and Planning Branch, Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development
  • Virginia Holden, Manager, Office of Housing and Construction Standards, Ministry of Natural Gas Development




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