Our team offers a variety of services from land use planning, development consulting, engagement, consultation, master planning and more. We have experience across BC, with a focus on Vancouver Island and the Okanagan Valley.
Land Use Planning
We understand the importance of coordinating, managing and communicating projects with different jurisdictions, regulatory agencies, stakeholders, Indigenous neighbours and the greater community. Our team provides master planning, urban design insights and coordination of all levels of development approvals.
We have experience managing small residential permitting and construction projects, large multi-family developments and master planned developments. Our team will provide coordination of a development project through the planning approvals processes including contract administration and consultant coordination.
At our core Planners are communicators. We provide tailor made, innovative plans to consult and engage with the public, stakeholders and Indigenous neighbours no matter the project size and scope. Our team can provide communication plans, consultation strategies and help create buy-in using both in-person and online engagement tools and best practices.
Our team has experience in current planning application reviews on behalf of our local government clients. We have collaborated on OCP updates, Zoning Bylaw reviews, grant/funding applications and created various corporate and government plans and strategies. Our team has also worked as development managers, helping staff and Council make key decisions on municipally-owned land.
Westplan is deeply committed to education and raising the bar on planning and real estate development education, and we invest a significant amount of time and resources of the company in various educational programs.
Master of Community Planning
Mark worked with Drs Pam Shaw and David Witty, and other colleagues, to launch VIU’s School of Community Planning in 2015. He now holds a professor position at the school and teaches the professional practice courses and supervises many thesis students. His courses cover key topics including:
Real estate development
Local government planning and approvals
Official community planning
Neighborhood and special area planning
He has also played a central role in the creation and ongoing evolution of the curriculum to best answer the question: “What do young planners need to know to be effective in the 21st Century?
Students love his courses, and he was awarded the Provost’s Award for Scholarship and Creativity at VIU for his work.
Teunesha plays a role in mentoring and sponsoring graduates from the program and is also a guest speaker / PT instructor in various roles.
Urban Development Institute
Mark has played a central role in the public and professional education programs for several chapters of the Urban Development Institute – including the Capital Region Chapter and the Okanagan Chapter. He has helped create, coordinate, teach in and chair numerous master class sessions on many real estate topics over the past decade.
In 2020, he worked with UDI Capital Region to develop a formal certificate program in Real Estate Development Management. He chairs this 9 course annual program and teaches a number of its sections. The online program has become one of the leading (and only) real estate development management programs in BC.
The RED Management Certificate program covers topics including:
Securing development land
Marketing and sales
In 2021, UDI gave Mark an Award of Excellence for his contribution to the industry for helping develop and manage this program.
Find out more at: https://udicapitalregion.ca/get-involved/upcoming-educational-courses/#0