The School of Community and Regional Planning has a rich history as one of the first dedicated planning schools in Canada and the first planning school in North America to be specifically focused on sustainability through its mission statement.  The following is a brief chronology of key events in the school's history.



Our 65th anniversary project was a timeline mapping SCARP's history from our beginnings in 1951 up to 2016.



H. Peter Oberlander

1951 The School is opened. Dr. Peter Oberlander is appointed Director.
1958 First three Master's students graduate
1968 First doctoral student admitted
1970 SCARP first accredited by U.S. Planning Accreditation Board
1971 First doctoral student graduates

Brahm Wiesman


Brahm Wiesman becomes Director of the School

1988 Alan Artibise becomes Director of the School
1994 William Rees becomes Director of the School

SCARP adopts Sustainability Mission statement:
To advance the transition to sustainability through excellence in integrated policy and planning research, professional education and community service

1995 Student Curriculum Report: Planning for the 21st Century  
1996 Draft Proposals for Revising the Master's Degree Program  
1997 Student Report: What Do Canadian and American Planning Schools Say They Do?  
1999 Re-Accreditation Reviews by U.S. Planning Accreditation Board and Canadian Institute of Planners; reports  
1999 Tony Dorcey becomes Director of the School  
1999 School Management Committee established - faculty, staff and student representatives meet monthly  
1999 SCARP web site provides details of degree programs and courses  
2000 Canadian Association of Planning Students (CAPS) annual conference organized by SCARP students  
2000 Introduction of annual community-based planning course in interior of B.C. - Royston on Vancouver Island - wins PIBC Honourable Mention  
2001 SCARP students engage campus sustainability and development  
2001 PlanTalk introduced, a downtown series of discussions organized by PIBC Lower Mainland Chapter and SCARP students  
2001 Professional Research Project introduced as alternative to Master's Thesis  
2002 SCARP faculty first post statements of their individual Perspectives on Sustainability Planning  
2002 Planning Education for All Seasons: Integration and Diversity in Theory and Practice - a workshop with planning academics and practitioners from across Canada, convened as one of the School's 50th anniversary events  
2002 West Mall Annex renovated and the Centre for Human Settlements (CHS) relocates from the other side of the campus  
2003 Review of SCARP's Quantitative and Analytical Courses  
2003 SCARP launches the first bi-annual, week-long North American PhD Student Jamboree  
2004 Re-Accreditation reviews by U.S. Planning Accreditation Board and Canadian Institute of Planners  
2005 Master's curriculum review report; and School discussion of report  
2006 SCARP Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Overview Prepared for Search for a New Director  
2006 SCARP receives the 2005-2006 Peter Larkin Award, which is granted to a UBC graduate program for contributions to student development in honour of Dr. Larkin’s commitment and passion for teaching and graduate education  
2006 Planners for Tomorrow organized by SCARP students as CAPS annual conference and to coincide with the World Urban Forum in Vancouver. Report: Planners for Tomorrow (P4T): Student Perspectives on the Future of Planning in Canada  
2006 Leonie Sandercock becomes Director of the School  
2007 School faculty retreat reaffirms SCARP mission statement and goals; also decides to rejuvenate the Centre for Human Settlements with a new mission, focusing on research and engagement addressing an urban world in sustainability crisis  
2007 Penny Gurstein becomes Acting Director of the School  
2008 Penny Gurstein becomes Director of the School and announces development of strategic plan.
2010 SCARP celebrates its 60th Anniversary  
2012 SCARP moves its administrative home to the Faculty of Applied Science  
2012 Indigenous Community Planning Specialization starts at SCARP  
2015 Master of Community and Regional Planning degree program commences  

Newsbytes provides information on SCARP since its first publication in 2000. It is the web-based successor to The Garden City News that was published every Monday morning during term by the School's longtime Administrator, Bonnie Schoenberger.