By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter
A forum between the Belize Association of Planners and professors from Vancouver Island University, Canada met on Friday afternoon to discuss planning practices and development planning as it relates to city development.
President of the Belize Association of Planners, Carolyn Trench-Sandiford told The Reporter that the purpose of the forum was to bring together stakeholders to dialogue and exchange relevant information about planning.
“We thought it timely that the association and the professors meet and have a discussion on planning issues, practices and approaches that are taking place both in Canada and Belize so that we can share knowledge, experiences and lessons learned,” Sandiford said.
Sandiford explained that the forum revolved around commercial downtown development and how to make those areas prosperous. She dded that they were also looking at waterfront development planning.
Sandiford said that the discussions would compare the activity in Belize to that of Vancouver and said that she hoped the discussion would set the stage for future collaboration between the University of Vancouver and the Belize Association of Planners.
Belize City Mayor Darrel Bradley, who also attended and made a presentation, said that the forum focuses on the issue of strategic planning which is something Belize City has been lacking.
“When we can talk with relevant stakeholders and address some of the common issues then we can target them in a very structured, focused approach,” Bradley said.