Richard Cook, MCP, MCIP, ITE
Richard Cook graduated with a Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and has been a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners since 1979. His thesis was on competition in the land development industry in Edmonton, Alberta. Richard’s early career included work on new town planning in northeast Alberta, and seven years as a strategic planner with Alberta Transportation and Utilities with a focus on remote areas of northeast Alberta. His professional focus is on results-oriented planning of the interface between land use and transportation.
Recently, he led neighbourhood planning project for an 1800-unit development on behalf of the Tsawwassen First Nation. The firm is active in residential and commercial projects in West Vancouver, Maple Ridge, Mission, Salt Spring Island, Courtenay and Langley. Richard guided the land aspects of a successful P3 project to design, build and develop an interchange in South Surrey. He extended that P3 experience by acting on behalf of Vancouver Coastal Health reviewing a major hospital project and on behalf of land owners for a new hospital proposed on Vancouver Island. Innovative approaches to project feasibility were employed with a municipal staff and council evaluating an integrated recreation and park redevelopment opportunity, and a major university seeking a replacement parking strategy. Currently, Richard consults to several of Canada’s largest development firms on land use and public consultation issues, as well as to the Tsawwassen First Nation on a variety of land use issues.