Progress made by the Task Force and City
3-1-1 begins pilot project of limited service on Twitter
November 2013 - 3-1-1 begins a pilot project of limited service on Twitter from Monday to Friday, as outlined in the Engaged City Quick Starts guide.
During the pilot period, 3-1-1 aims to understand the workload required for staff to provide Twitter service, as well as identify training needs, collaboration processes, and appropriate service levels to ensure citizen needs are met within our means. 3-1-1 will be continually evaluating its work during the pilot.
Engaged City Task Force working on final report
November 2013 - Thank you for your feedback! The Engaged City Task Force is drawing on stakeholder conversations, public feedback, and best practices to create their final report. These recommendations will go to Council in early 2014.
City launches new online space for public engagement
September 11, 2013 – As part of the Engaged City Task Force's quick start recommendations, we invite you to be a part of Talk Vancouver, an online space for civic participation. Help us build a better Vancouver by becoming a member of the City's online community of trusted, local advisors. We will keep you connected to the latest City initiatives and invite you to participate and voice your ideas.
We have launched this online community panel to enable citizens to engage regularly with the City and provide feedback on civic issues. Using interactive survey and dialogue tools to collect feedback, this panel – with membership in the thousands – will provide a new avenue for citizen input that builds on existing structures for engagement. The online panel will allow for more in-depth feedback and the ability to ensure that responses are demographically reflective of Vancouver.
City implements Task Force quick start recommendations
Make it easier to register to vote
June 20, 2013 – With only 35% of eligible voters casting a ballot in the 2011 municipal election, how do we increase low voter turnout in Vancouver? By encouraging early voter registration! It makes you much more likely to vote in the 2014 election.
To promote registration, The Task Force urged the City to make signing up simple and easy. Today, our website includes a permanent link to the Elections BC Online Voter Registration website.
Improved development signage
June 19, 2013 – A key recommendation in the Task Force Quick Starts Report is to improve communication around property development. The City is introducing a clean, engaging design for rezoning and development signage that features:
- Easy-to-understand language and details
- Improved visuals (a sketch and site map)
- Information on how residents you can give input online or in person
The questionnaire closed on July 26, 2013.
The first site with the new signage is 720 – 730 East Hastings, where Vancouver Public Library (VPL) and YWCA Metro Vancouver seek rezoning for a proposed six-storey mixed use building.
Share your ideas with the Task Force
May 24, 2013 – How do we become more connected to our neighbours and our communities? Double voter turnout in Vancouver’s next municipal election? Increase more positive and meaningful civic engagement in Vancouver?
The Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force wants to hear your ideas – big and small – to help answer these questions and to improve the City’s role in creating a more engaged community. Your ideas and comments will inform the final report and set of recommendations that the Task Force is preparing this summer, to be presented to Council.
- The questionnaire closed on September 9, 2013. Thank you for your interest.
First report released
May 22, 2013 – The Engaged City Task Force released their first report that contains a set of 16 recommendations that the City can take to enhance public consultation, improve the effectiveness of civic communications, and foster collaboration and connection within neighbourhoods. These quick starts are recommendations that the taskforce believes could be accomplished by the City within a six-month time frame.
December 5, 2012 – The Mayor announces the 22 citizens who will serve on the Engaged City Task Force. The members were selected from 117 applicants.
Task force established
October 3, 2012 – Vancouver City Council passed a motion to establish the Mayor's Engaged City Task Force, with the mandate to increase neighbourhood engagement and improve upon the many ways the City connects with Vancouver residents.