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.

Related projects

Recent developments with this community plan

Workshop: Planning the future of Venables and Commercial

May 4, 2015 - Materials from the May 4 planning event on the future of the northwest corner of Venables and Commercial are now available online. Key engagement questions can be found on page 15.

Provide feedback to the Citizens' Assembly at the final public roundtable

April 27, 2015 - Join members of the Grandview-Woodland Citizens' Assembly for the third and final public roundtable. The focus of the evening will be a discussion of the Assembly's combined community-wide and sub-area recommendations. Give specific feedback to Citizen Assembly members about their emerging recommendations.

Public engagement event to discuss the Kettle Friendship Centre

April 24, 2015 - We are hosting an evening drop-in event to discuss the proposal to expand the Kettle Friendship Centre, integrated with new market and supportive housing. Come learn about what we've heard to date, and share your ideas for the site.

View items from the sub-area workshops

April 15, 2015 - Materials from the recent sub-area workshops are now online. The materials include workshop summaries, maps, photos, notes, and backgrounder documents.

Give the Citizens' Assembly feedback on its draft recommendations

  • February 21, 2015 – The Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly will host its second public roundtable meeting on Thursday, March 5 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

    The assembly will share its draft neighbourhood-wide recommendations and its consideration of some outstanding issues. Give the assembly your feedback on this important work.
    The event is free but please register to participate:

    Workshops: Shape the future of Grandview-Woodlands' sub-areas

    November 2014 to March 2015 – What’s the future look like for Cedar Cove, Britannia-Woodland, Grandview, Nanaimo, Hastings, Commercial-Broadway, and Commercial Drive?

    As part of the Grandview-Woodland’s community planning process, the City held a full-day public workshop and optional walking tour for each area. At the workshops, participants explored policy directions to help shape the next few decades for each area. The Commercial-Broadway workshop built on earlier community engagement activities held in July 2013.

    Citizens' Assembly launched - Details on public observation sessions

    September 30, 2014 – After many months of preparation, the Citizens’ Assembly had its first session on September 20.

    For those of you who are curious about the Assembly, portions of future Assembly sessions will be open for the public to drop in and observe.

    Additional information on these observation sessions can be found on the Citizens’ Assembly website.

    Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly selected

    August 12, 2014 – From a pool of 504 community members who actively volunteered to be part of the Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly, 48 have been randomly selected. The members who were selected reflect the characteristics and diversity of the community they represent.

    The Citizens’ Assembly will convene for its first session in September, when they will begin to receive background information and hear perspectives on community planning work that has been done to date.

    Be a part of the Grandview-Woodland Citizens' Assembly

    June 24, 2014 – Information packages for the Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly are being mailed out this week. Do you live or own a business or property in Grandview-Woodland?

    Look out for an information package which will give you the chance to serve on a special Citizens’ Assembly. Forty-eight Assembly members will be selected via a random draw to discuss topics ranging from building heights and density to streets and community spaces.

    The Citizens’ Assembly will be one of several tools of that will help create the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan. To apply for a spot on the Assembly, you must register as a volunteer by July 31, 2014.

    Mail in the response card from the info package, telephone 1-800-858-0435, or register online at

    Reports released on proposed Citizens' Assembly

    May 8, 2014 – Five key documents related to the proposed Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly are now available. The following two documents outline the results of our community consultation:

    The next three outline the resulting design choices, draft Terms of Reference, and frequently asked questions:

    The summary of design choices and draft Terms of Reference (TOR) map out next steps in the assembly process. The TOR will help guide the work of the assembly once it is underway.

    We encourage you to review these materials and share them with your neighbourhood networks.

    The questionnaire on the Grandview-Woodland Citizens' Assembly is now closed

    February 11, 2014 – Thanks to everyone who participated in our questionnaire on the Grandview Woodland Citizens' Assembly. The questionnaire closed on February 9. The results will be shared shortly.

    Tell us what you think about the Grandview-Woodland Citizens' Assembly

    January 24, 2014 – Share your views on the Grandview Woodland Citizens' Assembly. The questionnaire closes February 9.

    Citizens' Assembly workshop - Shape the future of Grandview-Woodland

    January 14, 2014 – To help with the community planning process, the City is creating a citizens' assembly in Grandview-Woodland.

    In the Grandview-Woodland community planning process, members of the Citizens’ Assembly will deliberate on a set of specific planning questions. The assembly’s work will be one part of the larger community planning process taking place in 2014.

    Help us with this process by coming to a workshop to share your ideas on how a citizens’ assembly might work in Grandview-Woodland.

    Register for a workshop:

    Read the discussion paper: "A Citizens’ Assembly for Grandview-Woodland" (213 KB)

    Council motion on next steps for the community plans

    September 27, 2013 – On September 25, 26, and 27, Council met to discuss the "Community Plans: Next Steps" report. Council passed a motion on next steps.

    Summarizing the components related to Grandview-Woodland, Council directed staff to:

    1. Extend the planning process in Grandview-Woodland by a minimum of 12 months
    2. Create a Citizens' Assembly as part of the consultation process
    3. Work with the Kettle, Boffo Properties, other partners, and the community to explore options for the former Astorino's site (at Commercial Drive and Venables Street) that would reduce the proposed height and maintain the Kettle expansion and supportive housing

    Staff were also requested to report back to Council on items 2 and 3 by December 2013.

    Staff to update Council on next steps for community plans

    September 17, 2013 – Staff published the report "Community Plans: Next Steps" about the process and next steps for community planning work in Downtown Eastside, Grandview-Woodland, Marpole, and West End. Council will discuss this report on Wednesday, September 25 at 9:30am, at the City Finance and Services Committee meeting.

  • View previous progress updates

    Choose 'show more' to view all of the previous progress updates on the Grandview-Woodland 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; Citizens’ Assembly activities (spring 2014 – to be determined)

    • Activities for this phase are being developed

    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 Grandview-Woodland Area Policy 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 previous plans

    Grandview-Woodland Local Area Policy Plan (1979-1983)

    Land use and development guidelines

    History of Grandview-Woodland

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    Andrew Pask
    Grandview-Woodland Community Planner

    Scott Erdman
    Planning Assistant


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