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 and 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, while responding to challenges facing this community and building upon its potential.

What's happening

Upcoming public hearing

Recommended land-use changes on these blocks have now been referred to Public Hearing on January 21.

Find information on Public Hearings

Blocks under review update

In September and October 2019, we held two engagement events for owners and residents living on or near the 2300-block Charles/Kitchener St and the 2400-block N Grandview Hwy/E 12th Ave.

View the engagement synopsis:

Review engagement materials

Winter 2018 to spring 2019

In July 2018, Council directed staff to undertake additional technical analysis and public consultation on potential zoning changes in two areas - referred to as "blocks under review - as part of the next phase of Grandview-Woodland Community Plan implementation. Review materials from the engagement exercises

The two areas are shown below. Refer to the Council Report (p.12) (14 MB) for more information.


The future of the plan

Over the coming decades, the plan will preserve the independent and eclectic nature of the Commercial Dr and East Hastings shopping streets, as well as protect the apartment stock, heritage buildings, and the social diversity of the area.

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.

Future change and development in Grandview-Woodland would contribute to the plan's strategy to deliver amenities to benefit the community.

Existing facilities and infrastructure will be renewed to address current gaps or community needs resulting from population and job growth.

The Grandview-Woodland plan's Public Benefits Strategy is valued at approximately $800 million in investments over the life of the plan.

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.

Block under review engagement exercises

Open house boards from the events held on September 26 and October 2, 2019:

Presentations from the workshops held on November 27, 2018:

Summaries from the two Block Under Review engagement excercises we undertook in November and December 2018:

Infographic of the plan

By City of Vancouver

Download the infographic (80 KB)

Recent developments with this community plan

Enactment of changes to Zoning and Development Bylaw approved by Council

September 18, 2018 - Council approved the enactment of zoning changes to create new RM-8A, RM-8AN, RM-11, RM-11N, and RM-12N District Schedules and Guidelines, as well as amendments to the existing C-2 District Schedule and Guidelines.

These zoning changes introduce increased opportunities for housing choice, as well as new shops and services in Grandview-Woodland.

New zoning approved

September 5, 2018 - Council has approved the new RM-8A/RM-8AN zoning for portions of E Pender St, E 8th Ave, and E 10th Ave, to allow new housing opportunities in the form of townhouses.

New zoning approved

July 10, 2018 - Council has approved the new RM-11, RM-11N, RM-12N and C-2 zoning for portions of Nanaimo St, E 1st Ave, E 12th Ave, and Garden Drive. This will allow new housing opportunities in the form of townhouses and low-rise apartments, as well as expanded shops and services.

March 2018 open houses: proposed zoning changes

We asked for your feedback on the proposed zoning changes presented at the March 14 and 17 open houses. An online survey was open until April 2, 2018. Thank you to everyone who participated. The feedback will inform further technical work on the proposed zoning changes.

January 2018 open houses: proposed new rowhouse, townhouse, 4-story apartment, and 4-storey mixed-use areas

We asked for your feedback on the proposals zoning changes presented at the January 27 and 31 open houses. An online questionnaire was open until February 22, 2018. Thank you to everyone who participated. The feedback has informed  further technical work on the more detailed regulations.

Enactment of changes to Zoning and Development Bylaw approved by Council

January 16, 2018 - City Council approved the enactment of changes to the RT-5/5N and RT-6 District Schedules, as well as amendments to the RT-4, RT-4A, RT-4AN, RT-5, RT-5N and RT-6 Guidelines. These amendments introduce increased opportunities for housing choice and character retention incentives in the Grandview-Woodland and Mount Pleasant communities.

RT Zone Review – key documents

October 3, 2017 – Learn more about the RT-5 and RT-6 District Schedules and Design Guidelines below. Enactment of the amended bylaws is anticipated in January 2018.

Amendments to the Zoning and Development Bylaw approved by Council

October 3, 2017 – City Council has approved amendments to the Zoning and Development Bylaw. The amendments introduce increased opportunities for housing choice and character retention incentives in Mount Pleasant, Grandview-Woodland, and adjacent areas, including:

  • Changes to RT zoning in these communities
  • Rezoning certain areas in Grandview-Woodland from RS to RT-5/5N


Learn about the proposed zoning changes

In advance of the public hearing on amendments to the Zoning and Development Bylaw, here are two opportunities for residents of Mount Pleasant and Grandview-Woodland to learn more about these proposed zoning changes and ask general or site-specific questions:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Come to an information meeting on the proposed new regulations and guidelines. City staff will be on hand to answer general questions on the proposed amendments to the Zoning and Development Bylaw. The event will be an open format, with residents welcome to attend between 5 and 8 pm.

Time and location: Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive – Rooms B and C). 5:00pm to 8:00 pm.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 – We are hosting a site-specific enquiry night. It’s a good opportunity for property owners or authorized representatives to speak with City staff on a one-on-one basis about a specific property. If you would like to attend, you need to call and book an appointment ahead of time. To request an appointment, please email or call 604-829-9266.

 Time and location: 515 W 10th Avenue – City of Vancouver Development and Building Services Centre. 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Increasing housing choice and character retention incentives

On July 25, 2017, City Council referred amendments to the Zoning and Development Bylaw to a public hearing on September 19, 2017. The amendments propose to increase opportunities for housing choice and character retention incentives in Mount Pleasant and Grandview-Woodland, including:

  • Changing the RT zoning in these communities
  • Rezoning certain areas in Grandview-Woodland from RS to RT-5/5N

Read the Council report (3.1 MB)

Once the public hearing agenda is announced, you can request to speak at the public hearing about the agenda items.

Grandview-Woodland plaza exploration

We have been approached by a development team (developer, architect, and property owner) about a potential redevelopment of the Safeway site located at 1780 East Broadway, at Commercial Drive.

The Grandview-Woodland Community Plan sets a requirement to provide a new at-grade public plaza on the site (see section 6.7.1, page 112-113 of the updated version).

Thank you to everyone who attended the plaza exploration event.

Final Grandview-Woodland Community Plan document now available

Since the plan's adoption, we've been busy creating a colourful, easy-to-read version of the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.

Online questionnaire now closed

Thank you for participating in our online questionnaire. Feedback on the opportunities to add duplexes and laneway housing in Grandview Woodland will be summarized and shared in a report.

May 2017 open houses: proposed duplex zoning changes

Learn more about the proposed two-family (duplex) zoning changes, ask questions, and provide feedback. Details on the townhouse and 4-storey zones will be refined and shared with the community at a later date.

May 13 open house May 17 open house

November 2016: proposed zoning changes for new housing choices

To implement the Plan, we're proposing zoning changes to allow for new housing choices in Grandview-Woodland: duplexes, townhouses, and some 4-storey apartments in specified locations.

View a map of proposed housing types (160 KB)

We held an open house on November 26 and 30 for you to learn about the proposal, ask questions, and share your thoughts.

View the open house information boards (11.2 MB)

We also conducted an online questionnaire until January 15, 2017 to ask for your feedback about the proposed zoning changes. Thank you to everyone who participated. The feedback will inform further detail on the proposed regulations and design guidelines.

Read the feedback summary  (547 KB)

10th Avenue Corridor improvements

We're proposing improvements to the 10th Avenue Corridor to be more safe, convenient, comfortable, and fun for people of all ages and abilities to walk and cycle. In Grandview-Woodland, the project includes the segment between Commercial Drive and Victoria Drive.

Our transportation team held an open house on November 29 for you to learn more and give feedback on the recommended design.

View the proposed improvements

Commercial Drive Complete Street project

We're proposing to create a complete street on Commercial Drive that increases the safety and comfort for people who walk, bike, take transit, and drive.

Learn more and get involved

Grandview-Woodland Community Plan approved by Council

The Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood has a new community plan.

City Council approved a framework on July 28, 2016, that will:

  • Add family and non-market housing
  • Protect and increase rental homes
  • Improve community amenities
  • Preserve the unique vibe of Commercial Drive

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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