Green Zoning and Planning at UniverCity, the Community at Simon Fraser


UniverCity – the Community at Simon Fraser is living up to expectations…the vision for a sustainable community has quickly come to fruition: UniverCity is walkable; provides families with a sense of community in a healthy environment; supports economic development and jobs; and offers a range of housing, commercial, and transportation options.

When UniverCity hosted the third event in Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation in Metro Vancouver: The 2007 Series, this provided an opportunity to talk about how lessons learned have been translated into a zoning tool. Dale Mikkelsen, Manager of Planning and Sustainability for the SFU Community Trust delivered a presentation titled Green Zoning and Planning..

UniverCity is implementing innovative new zoning policies, mandatory green building requirements, and new density bonusing program that has been developed in partnership with the City of Burnaby. The approach that UniverCity is taking will achieve a LEED Silver equivalent. Dale Mikkelsen elaborated on the progression from guidelines to requirements so that site developers will clearly understand what is expected of them.

UC1 - title slide for green zoning  presentation (320p)



About the SFU Community Trust:

Formerly known as the Burnaby Mountain Community Corporation, ithe SFU Community Trust  was incorporated in February 1999 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Simon Fraser University.

UC5 - goals of the sustainable community

The mandate of the SFU Community Trust is to manage the planning and development of a complete new community on approximately 65 hectares (160 acres) of land surrounding the SFU campus on Burnaby Mountain.


Posted November 2007