Planning a liveable, sustainable city

In Vancouver, urban planning focuses on liveability.

In Vancouver, urban planning focuses on liveability.

That means creating a city of neighbourhoods where people can work, play, and shop.

It also means creating urban environments where residents feel supported and engaged, and can enjoy a vibrant street life and their fellow residents.

In building our liveable, sustainable city, the City:

  • Creates communities that prioritize sustainable modes of transportation, minimizing our dependance on cars
  • Facilitates high-quality urban design that contributes to an attractive, functional, memorable, and safe city
  • Incorporates parks and open spaces, sidewalks and walkways, bodies of water, trees, landscaping and lighting into our urban fabric
  • Protects the beauty of the city and its surroundings, while allowing for density and growth

Urban planning

Major planning projects

Explore the many ongoing planning projects that are helping to solidify Vancouver's reputation as one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Neighbourhood planning projects

Community plans are important road maps that provide clear but flexible frameworks to guide positive change and development in neighbourhoods

Heritage conservation

Council's long-term goal is to protect as many historically important buildings, sites, and trees as possible, through designation, incentives to developers, and public education programs.

Community benefits from development

New developments help fund infrastructure, services, and public amenities for our growing city so it's liveable for all.

Regulation redesign: simplifying rules for city building

We are launching a comprehensive review of City regulations and policies to make them more user-friendly and to help streamline review processes.

Central Waterfront Hub Framework

Read the planning framework for the Central Waterfront Hub that describes how this key area could become an advanced transportation hub and dynamic extension of our downtown waterfront. (PDF, 14 MB)

Urban Design Awards

The Urban Design Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in architecture and urban design in Vancouver.