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Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan


Tanya was responsible for the project management, development and implementation of the DTES Local Area Plan and the Local Economy chapter as a member of extensive interdepartmental staff team from March 2013 to October 2014.


Specifically, she led the implementation of the Local Economy chapter, assisted in achieving the goals and targets of the overall DTES LAP and advised senior leaders on international and local best practices and methodologies including innovation, poverty reduction and collective impact to address inner-city local economic development issues.


She was a liaison to the 30-community member DTES LAPP Committee and various multi-sector private stakeholders including local BIAs and community organizations. She applied socio-economic theories and practice, integrated the DTES Social Impact Assessment (SIA) into the plan and co-created the Social Impact Management Framework and its component Community Asset Management.


This role included managing the production of complex policy plans, providing strategic input and direction on existing zoning and policy, supervising staff and interns, managing consultant studies and budgets, making presentations and writing reports to senior management and Council and aligning capital funding towards implementation and Council priorities.


After the plan was approved by Council, Tanya scoped, researched and developed the Council-mandated DTES Community Economic Development Strategy Framework in partnership with community stakeholders including other levels of government, residents, businesses and the non-profit sector.


She was a member of the Healthy City Strategy Tech Team and assisted with the development of the Well-Planned Built Environment, Making Ends Meet and Working Well and Being and Feeling Safe chapters of the Healthy City Strategy. In addition, she represented Planning on various projects including:


  • The relocation of United We Can

  • The interdepartmental management and capacity building of the DTES Street Market

  • Development, housing and small pharmacy applications 


To see the plan, click here








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