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Grandview-Woodland Community Plan

An inclusive, thriving future for a unique, diverse community

The Grandview-Woodland Community Plan sets out a thoughtfully-managed framework for future change, including an anticipated population growth of about 10,000 people over the next three decades.

The plan protects the heart and soul of the neighbourhood's character, with policies that: 

  • Enhance the eclectic nature of the Commercial Drive, East Hastings, and other shopping areas
  • Create new housing opportunities while protecting the apartment stock, heritage buildings, and the social diversity of the area
  • Renew and improve public spaces, social and cultural amenities, and critical infrastructure
  • Support walking, biking, and public transit, and improved access to and through the community
  • Address important opportunities to support reconciliation, equity, resilience, and environmental sustainability

The goal is for the community to continue to evolve as a mixed-income, socially-sensitive place that is transit-oriented and rich in heritage and culture.

Summary and highlights (5.73 MB)

A 10-minute summary about how the plan will manage the future of each unique area in the community.

Infographic (81.38 KB)

A two-minute snapshot of the plan's goals in the next 30 years.

Infographic of the plan

By City of Vancouver

Download the infographic (80 KB)

What's happening

Lakeview United Church (2776 Semlin Dr and 2025 E 12th Ave)

June 9, 2020 - Council approved the rezoning of Lakeview United Church. The proposed redevelopment will create 104 social housing units in addition to renewing the existing church space. The rezoning is enabled under the Broadway Commercial Station Area Precinct policies in the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.


Caffe La Tana (631-635 Commercial Dr)

May 26, 2020 - Council approved the rezoning of Caffe La Tana to protect this important small-scale retail space and to support a wider array of commercial uses for the space. The rezoning is enabled under Commercial Drive sub-area and Local Economy policies in the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.

Workshop and open house materials

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

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 (June 25, 2016)

  • 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 (July 2016)

  • 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

Planning area

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

Land use and development guidelines

Background documents from other previous plans

Land use and development guidelines

History of Grandview-Woodland

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grandviewplan@
vancouver.ca

Andrew Pask
Planner
604-673-8171

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