People gathered at Victory Square to watch a music concert, with heritage buildings along Hastings Street in the background

Downtown Eastside Plan

The Downtown Eastside Plan, approved by City Council in  2014, provides a vision, policies, and strategies for the Downtown Eastside that focuses on ways to improve the lives of low-income DTES residents and community members.

The plan was developed in partnership with the DTES Neighbourhood Council (DNC), Building Community Society (BCS), and the Planning Committee.

Through each phase of the planning process, there was a range of community engagement opportunities, where residents, business, community groups, and stakeholders shared their ideas and feedback.

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DTES Plan Community Fair – consultation summary 

September 2019 - The Downtown Eastside Plan Community Fair was held at the Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall on June 20, 2019 from 10am to 5:30pm.

A questionnaire was distributed during and after the fair that asked for feedback on the plan implementation to date, funding priorities for the next five years, and how they can be achieved to help inform future grants, initiatives, and projects. The consultation summary summarizes the findings of the questionnaire and feedback, and will be shared with City Council as part of the next DTES Plan progress update in 2020.

View the consultation summary (1.8 MB)

Blood Alley Square Redesign open house

May 15, 2019 - an open house was held to present the proposed design concept for Blood Alley Square. We're developing an exciting and vibrant redesign to create an inclusive space that is open to people from all walks of life.

Thank you to everyone that attended or shared their thoughts on the detailed design presented during this past round of consultation from May 15 to June 16, 2019. Your feedback will be used to refine the proposed design where feasible, while taking into account technical and financial considerations.

Tree management update

In direct response to feedback received, the tree management plan for Blood Alley Square which initially retained 4 existing trees has been updated to retain the existing significant tree located at the northern edge of the square. Additionally, we have developed a tree succession plan that incorporates the planting of two large size specimen trees that will replace existing trees that are to be removed due to their poor health. This will ensure that the tree canopy is restored and enhanced.

What’s next?

Next steps will include commencement of unhealthy tree removals summer of 2019 in coordination with the adjacent development, design refinement based on feedback received at the May 15 open house, engagement with local stakeholders to develop community partnerships for stewardship of Blood Alley Square, and coordination of a final design open house in conjunction with the Gastown Complete Streets Project in early 2020.

Learn more about the Blood Alley Square Redesign Project

Infographic of the DTES Plan

By City of Vancouver

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Get a snapshot of the DTES Plan's goals in the next 30 years.

Full community plan (26.42 MB)

A longer read about managing future change in each area, housing, culture, economy, health, parks, heritage, transportation, and more.

Local Area Profile (12.05 MB)

Use baseline information about the DTES to help you engage with local projects.

The Downtown Eastside Plan was developed in four phases.

  1. Reviewing: We identified what the key issues were and what assets we had to work with.
  2. Planning: We developed planning strategies and corresponding action plans. We also identified what would be accomplished, how, and when.
  3. Feedback and approval: We got feedback from City Council and the public, and after incorporating all of the feedback, we presented the plan to Council for final approval.
  4. Monitoring and evaluation: We will measure our results to determine whether we've made a difference and achieved our goals, and assess what's left to do.

View a detailed timeline of the planning process

Previous planning efforts in the Downtown Eastside have served to revitalize the area.

In April 2005, City Council approved the Carrall Street Greenway that now connects Gastown, the Downtown Eastside, and Chinatown. The greenway facilitates economic revitalization and community development in the Downtown Eastside.

On September 22, 2005, the Housing Plan for the Downtown Eastside was adopted by Council. The plan presents a vision for the future of housing in Chinatown, the Downtown Eastside Oppenheimer District, Gastown, the Hastings Corridor, the Industrial Lands, Strathcona, Thornton Park, and Victory Square. It addressed specific housing types: SROs, social housing, market housing, supportive housing, and special needs residential facilities.

From 2008 to 2011, $10 million was given to the Downtown Eastside to celebrate its heritage, culture, and history as part of the Great Beginnings: Old Streets, New Pride initiative.