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Advisory groups and citizen involvement

advisory groups

The following groups provide expertise and contribute to the planning and development of Vancouver.

Planning and development expertise

Board of Variance and Parking Variance Board

Hears appeals to decisions made under the the Zoning & Development, Sign, Protection of Trees, and Parking bylaws.

Chinatown Historic Area Planning Committee

Works to preserve and protect the heritage and character of the Chinatown area of Vancouver.

Development Permit Board Advisory Panel

Supports the work of the Development Permit Board by advising the Board about the applications the Board is reviewing.

First Shaughnessy Advisory Design Panel

Offers feedback to City Council and staff on development and design issues in First Shaughnessy, focusing on preserving the area’s special character.

Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee

Works to preserve and protect the heritage and character of the Gastown area (zone HA-2).

Urban Design Panel

Advises City Council and staff on development proposals and policies, and reviews all civic building projects.

Vancouver City Planning Commission

Advises City Council on planning and development issues in Vancouver.

Vancouver Heritage Commission

Advises City Council about heritage matters, and makes recommendations to Council about heritage buildings, structures, and lands in Vancouver.

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Do you have experience, knowledge, or skills that could help make Vancouver a great place to live, work, or visit? Your expertise can help the City respond to the needs of all our citizens.