Grandview-Woodland Community Plan

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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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Recent developments with this community plan

The questionnaire on Little Italy is now closed

April 25, 2016 - Thanks to everyone who participated in our questionnaire on Little Italy. The questionnaire closed on April 24. The results will be shared shortly.

Questionnaire: What do you think about Little Italy?

April 7, 2016 – The Commercial Drive Business Improvement Association asked the City of Vancouver to designate a portion of Commercial Drive as Little Italy. On April 6, City Council directed staff to consult with you on this proposal, in advance of this year's Italian Day festival.

Share your thoughts on this proposal in our online questionnaire until April 24. Your responses will help inform the Commercial Drive BIA about what the Little Italy designation could look like for Commercial Drive.

Get to know Little Italy by reading a brief history of the area  (620 KB).

Planning work continues

April 7, 2016 – We're continuing our analysis of the Citizens’ Assembly’s 270 recommendations, and our review of the input we received from the sub-area workshops, the earlier Emerging Directions, as well as other community engagement activities. Thank you for your patience – it's a large amount of work!

Final Report review continues

October 8, 2015 - We're continuing to review recommendations made by the Grandview-Woodland Citizens' Assembly in their Final Report, in addition to all the community feedback received in earlier stages of the planning process. We plan to share our response in late fall or early winter once we've incorporated all the input into a revised community plan.

Citizens' Assembly report presented to Council

June 22, 2015 - The report on the Grandview-Woodland Citizens' Assembly will be presented to City Council this Wednesday, June 24.

Final Report: Citizens' Assembly on the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan

June 11, 2015 - The final report by the Citizens' Assembly on the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan is now available on the Citizens' Assembly website , on their homepage under the tab "Citizens' Assembly materials".

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 - On Monday, May 4, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, 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.

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.

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, 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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For more information about this community plan, contact a community planner directly:

Andrew Pask
Grandview-Woodland Community Planner

Zoë Greig
Planning Assistant


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