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City of Vancouver recognized for excellence in planning

June 19 2015

Front covers of the Healthy City Strategy and Marpole Community Plan

The City of Vancouver won a gold and silver for the Healthy City Strategy and Marpole Community Plan, respectively, from the Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) as part of their 2015 Awards of Excellence in Planning last night.

The strategy and community plan won in the city and urban areas category.

Healthy City Strategy is a bridge between land use planning and community building

In October 2014, Vancouver City Council unanimously adopted the first phase of the Healthy City Strategy.

The strategy is seen as a bold, ambitious, and achievable plan with a vision for social development, equity, and inclusion that will make Vancouver a healthy city for all.

It integrates with the Greenest City Action Plan and Vancouver Economic Action Plan as well as other City strategies.

The PIBC jury was “impressed with the innovative policies introduced through this piece of work. The plan bridges the divide between traditional land use planning and truly integrated community building. Clear support from the chief medical health officer highlights the importance of developing partnerships between the planning and health communities going forward.”

Marpole Community Plan used broad community outreach

Also winning an award, the Marpole Community Plan is a clear and flexible framework that guides positive change and growth.

The plan integrates policy on land use, housing, transportation, parks and open space, local economy, arts, culture and the environment and more.

The plan considers long-range and short-term goals for the community and includes clear directions on public benefits that will be necessary to serve a growing population.

The jury was “impressed with the broad community outreach that included creative use of social media and audiovisual tools, bilingual and First Nations engagement, walking tours, pop-up events in local parks and ‘speed planning’ sessions. The plan itself sets out a clear course for how the Marpole community will grow and develop over the next 30 years.”

The PIBC celebrates the work of its members every year

The PIBC annually recognizes the professional work and individual accomplishments of members across British Columbia and the Yukon through its awards and recognition programs.