Grandview-Woodland Community Plan

Grandview plan

The Grandview-Woodland local area stretches from Broadway to Burrard Inlet, and from Clark Drive to Nanaimo Street.

This area features a diversity of people, housing, and land use.

At its heart is Commercial Drive (known locally as "The Drive"), a collection of ethnic restaurants and food stores, coffee bars, clothing stores, and street activity.

City staff are updating the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan to reflect the changing neighbourhood. Once complete, the new plan will ensure that future growth in the area will meet the needs of the community for the next 30 years.

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Questionnaire, open houses, and coffee talks: what do you think of the community plan?

June 25, 2016 - We have completed the draft Grandview-Woodland Community Plan – an important milestone in the four-year planning process!

The Grandview-Woodland Community Plan will provide direction on growth and change in the community over the next 30 years and cover housing, transportation, heritage, character, community facilities, parks, and open spaces. It aims to set out a thoughtfully managed framework for future change, striking a balance between the input and ideas of community members and important citywide policies.

Learn about the plan, ask us questions, and share your thoughts:

  1. In our online questionnaire until Thursday, July 21
    Take the questionnaire
  2. At our open houses
  3. At our coffee talks (small group chats with the planners) starting the week of July 11 (dates and times coming soon)

We will summarize and present your feedback to City Council in July along with the community plan.

2015 – 2016

2011 – 2014

Community plan

Background reports and documents

About Grandview-Woodland

Community profiles

Development capacity estimates

Estimates how much new housing could be built in the area

Census profile open data

About the Grandview-Woodland Citizens' Assembly

Terms of Reference

Background documents

Workshop and open house materials


Includes materials from:

  • Sub-area workshops (Grandview, Nanaimo, Hastings, Broadway-Commercial, and Commercial Drive)


Includes materials from:

  • Sub-area workshops (Cedar Cove, Britannia-Woodland)
  • Designing a citizens' assembly workshop


Includes materials from:

  • Broadway and Commercial area open houses
  • Emerging directions open houses
  • Early draft maps and drawings


Includes materials from:

  • Neighbourhood Planning through Dialogue workshop series
  • Planning principles open house
  • Asset maps
  • Community plan launch event
  • Stakeholder focus groups to shape the terms of reference

Project details

Project phases - Process to update the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan

Below is an overview of the phases of activity associated with the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.

Note: The initial Terms of Reference call for a four-phase planning process lasting 18 to 21 months (March 2012 – December 2013). In September 2013, Council approved an extension for the process. The following is a revised timeline.

Phase 1: Launch (spring 2012)

  • Compile relevant city-wide policies
  • Review the existing research on neighbourhood issues
  • Discuss the needs, challenges, and opportunities related to the plan's key areas of focus with the community
  • Develop a local area profile

Phase 2.1: Plan and policy generation (fall 2012 – summer 2013)

  • Develop draft community-wide policies
  • Create draft sub-area plans
  • Create community action projects and plans

Phase 2.2: Council-approved process extension and engagement research (fall 2013 – spring 2014)

  • Explore ways to create new and expanded engagement opportunities for a renewed planning process
  • Explore ways to develop a Citizens’ Assembly, based on best practices and community input

Phase 2.3: Plan and policy revisions, including Citizens’ Assembly activities (summer 2014 – spring 2015)

  • Civic lottery and recruitment process for Citizens’ Assembly
  • 11 Citizens’ Assembly meetings and 3 public roundtables; additional information on the Citizens’ Assembly can be found on the Citizens' Assembly website  
  • 7 City-led sub-area workshops and walking tours, open to all community members

Phase 3: Draft plan (dates to be determined)

  • Prepare a draft community plan that combines the community-wide policies and sub-area plans
  • Identify recommended priorities and other implementation-related activities
  • Conduct a final, broad public review of the draft plan

Phase 4: Plan approval (dates to be determined)

  • Modify and refine the draft plan based on feedback
  • Prepare a report for Council
  • Forward the draft plan to Council for adoption, and to the Park Board and the School Board for consideration of parks and recreation, or education-related matters

Work leading up to this community plan

The City has conducted a number of planning programs in Grandview-Woodland since the 1970s:

  • 1970s: A neighbourhood improvement program used federal funds to improve parks, schools, and social service facilities.
  • 1979 – 1983: The first Grandview-Woodland Area Policy Plan was created, providing policy for growth and change for much of the local area.
  • The Local Area Plan led to the current C-2C/C-2C1 commercial zoning along Commercial Drive, and the RM-4 apartment zoning east of that, both of which provide a better control on the quality and appearance of development.
  • 1987: The City created the Broadway Station Area Plan because of the first SkyTrain line, which led to revised zoning and design guidelines for development near the Broadway and Commercial station to address SkyTrain impacts.
  • 1997: The City introduced a design review for the RT-4 and RT-5 zones after consulting and polling residents.
  • 1998: As a result of the second Skytrain line and station at Broadway and Commercial – and in keeping with the Kensington Cedar Cottage (KCC) Community Vision adopted for the neighbouring KCC area – the City undertook a new Broadway and Commercial Precinct Plan to address streetscape and open space improvements, a retail study, and a review of the various C zones regulations and guidelines.
    • Broadway and Commercial Precinct Plan
  • 2006: Improvements to Commercial-Broadway Station were identified through Translink's Broadway/Commercial Transit Village Plan. The plan was developed through consultation with stakeholder groups, including local business and residents organizations.

Background documents from other previous plans

  • Kensington Cedar-Cottage Community Vision (1998) (4.0 MB)
    The Kensington Cedar-Cottage Community Vision was approved in 1998. Portions of that neighbourhood, between Broadway and 12th Avenue, are also included in the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan study area.
  • HastingsSunrise Community Vision (2004) (1.2 MB)
    The Hastings Sunrise Community Vision was approved in 2004, and included policy direction on parts of the Grandview-Woodland local area, specifically in the Cedar Cove area north of Hastings Street.

Land use and development guidelines

History of Grandview-Woodland

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