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The city admits the newly-named General Manager of Planning, Development and Assessments is controversial. Rollin Stanley has been recruited from Montgomery County, Maryland to replace outgoing GM David Watson.
Stanley is highly regarded as a visionary municipal planner known for a focus on development centred around mass transit nodes. But citizen activists in Maryland were reportedly at odds with his push for denser, walkable transit-oriented communities and his brusque manner.
The Washington Post reported Stanley was forced to issue a retraction a month ago after a Maryland magazine quoted him saying those who questioned his vision were "rich white women" who were "sowing discord." After calls for his resignation, the Post says Stanley issued a retraction and said he would enroll in conflict management classes.
At least one Montgomery County councillor says Stanley injected new blood into a stagnant planning environment. Calgary City manager Owen Tobert says Stanley will "reinvigorate the planning approval process and ignite implementation" of the Plan-It Calgary long range plans.
Stanley is expected to take up his Calgary post in June.