Rollin Stanley is going to make Calgary a more urban and densely populated city – even if he has to drag it kicking and screaming into that future. Stanley, a motorcycle enthusiast, spent 21 years in the City of Toronto’s planning department before stints in St. Louis and Montgomery County, Maryland. He joined the city of Calgary as its general manager for planning, development and assessment in June 2012, and has been clear from the beginning that he isn’t trying to pick a fight with the city’s developers. But he’s not shy about talking up the fact that urban density is a more efficient way of running a 21st century city, and he’s committed to ensuring that those in favour of cultivating it get a fair hearing at city hall. That, in and of itself, is almost revolutionary in a city where developers who specialize in sprawl have long held sway.
Rollin Stanley: Alberta's 50 Most Influential People 2013
Takeaway: Rollin Stanley is committed to the cause of urban density in Calgary.