West End Community Plan

The West End is a liveable neighbourhood that is home to a unique mix of people and places.

It is a community that features a range of housing, land use, heritage buildings, transportation options, and amenities.

What's happening

2019 West End Plan implementation projects

Recent development in the community has contributed to new amenities that were identified in the plan’s Public Benefits Strategy (PBS). The PBS provides direction for future investments in the community over the long term, including affordable housing, childcare, parks, civic facilities, transportation and more.

Explore upcoming West End projects

Click on the map to explore upcoming projects, or check out the events calendar below.

Related projects

Downtown: Places for People

We want your ideas on how to support exceptional, vibrant, and memorable experiences in downtown Vancouver.

West End Waterfront Master Plan

We're beginning a planning process to create a comprehensive long-term vision and plan for the West End’s waterfront.

What is the West End Community Plan?

Because demand for new development is growing, we have prepared a community plan to ensure that future growth in the West End meets the needs of the community.

In 2013, community members supported a set of emerging and refined plan directions, including the West End Community Values, which helped shape the community plan. The plan focuses on neighbourhood character, housing, local business, heritage, transportation, and parking.

Explore the plan highlights

Use this map to explore the directions for the West End villages, neighbourhoods, and corridors.

Help us decide where to invest funds in the West End

We’ve launched a participatory budgeting process to distribute additional revenue collected through West End permit parking fees. 

Find out more and have your say

West End community plan infographic

Learn about the City of Vancouver’s award-winning West End Community Plan with this infographic.

Full community plan (11.76 MB)

A longer read about managing future change in each area, housing, transportation, public spaces, arts, culture, health, and much more.

Neighbourhood Champions Network

The Neighbourhood Champions Network helped the City encourage participation in the community plan public engagement process.

Recent developments

West end parking strategy approved by Council

February 8, 2017 - Council approved the West End Parking Strategy. This plan will make it easier for residents and their visitors to find a parking near home, while reducing the emissions and potential safety incidents that come with driving around looking for a parking space.

Learn more about the West End Parking Strategy

Jim Deva Plaza launch celebration

People gathered to celebrate the opening of Jim Deva Plaza

August 8, 2016 – A fun evening of family activities and performances marked the official opening of Jim Deva Plaza on July 28. We had Bill Monroe (AKA Golden Goddess) as MC with speeches from Councillor Tim Stevenson, City Manager Sadhu Johnston, Jim Deva's sister Trudy Spray, Jim Deva's partner Bruce Smyth, West End BIA Executive Director Stephen Regan, and LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee member Barb Snelgrove. We had a blessing ceremony by the Greater Vancouver Native Cultural Society, a lively drag show featuring Carlotta Gurl, Simone Says, and Golden Goddess, and catchy tunes sung by Top Line Vocal Collective. This is the beginning of ongoing activities in the plaza in the months ahead. The plaza is already becoming a vibrant gathering place for locals and visitors alike. Visit External website to learn more.

Jim Deva Plaza opening July 28, 2016

Location of Jim Deva Plaza

July 7, 2016 - Construction is underway for the new Jim Deva Plaza. This permanent public plaza is named in recognition of Jim Deva who is fondly remembered as a cornerstone of his community. Jim was committed to inclusive public space and rallied against anti-gay violence and censorship. The plaza will provide the West End with a vibrant public space at the heart of Davie Village. Come join us for the launch celebration on July 28th on Davie and Bute Street. A dedicated plaza stewardship committee is organizing ongoing events in the plaza, so look forward to new activities.

Council approves Phase One of the Davie Village Public Space Improvements

December 21, 2015 - On December 16, City Council approved the detailed design and funding for Phase One of the Davie Village Public Space Improvements project, including the Jim Deva Plaza and associated transportation modifications.

We will continue to work over the coming months to prepare the Jim Deva Plaza Stewardship Strategy before an estimated plaza opening date of summer 2016. We look forward to an exciting summer of events and programming.

Council presentation December 16

December 9, 2015 - The Davie Village Public Space Improvements project will be presented to Council on December 16 for approval of the detailed designs for phase one of the improvements, including Jim Deva Plaza and the related transportation changes. Sign up to speak at this Council meeting.

Open houses October 22 and 24: What do you think of the final design for Jim Deva Plaza?

Jim Deva Plaza fall 2015 open houses

October 20, 2015 – We're ready to share the final design for Jim Deva Plaza. With your help at the April and June open houses, we identified and refining the preferred concept.

Drop by an open house to let us know what you think of the design. City staff will be on hand to answer questions and receive your feedback.

  • October 22, 4:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Jim Deva Plaza, intersection of Davie and Bute streets
  • October 24, 11:00am to 2:00pm, at the Jim Deva Plaza, intersection of Davie and Bute streets

Jim Deva Plaza approved

July 22, 2015 – City Council approved a new public plaza in Davie Village. The permanent plaza will be located on Bute Street south of Davie to the lane and will be named "Jim Deva Plaza" in recognition of the late Jim Deva, community activist and champion for LGBTQ rights. This will be the first significant public space initiative implemented from the West End Plan.

Work will continue throughout the fall to advance the detailed design of the plaza, a plaza management strategy, and an LGBTQ outdoor museum. Stay tuned!

Open houses June 4 and 6: What do you think of the preferred concept for the Heart of Davie Village?

June 1, 2015 - In April, we hosted two open houses inviting you to help us create a plaza that's an inviting, dynamic space, which celebrates Davie Village and the local LGBTQ community. Based on the feedback we received from the open houses, questionnaire, and additional stakeholder consultation, City staff and consultants have refined a preferred design concept for the plaza.

Drop by an open house to let us know what you think of the concept. City staff and consultants will be on hand to answer questions and receive your feedback.

  • June 4, 5:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Heart of Davie Plaza
  • June 6, 11:00am to 2:00pm, at the Heart of Davie Plaza

Open houses April 25 and 27: What do you think of the early concepts for the Heart of Davie Village?

April 15, 2015 – A new permanent plaza, decorative lighting, wider sidewalks, landscaping, public art, and a mid-block pedestrian crossing are being considered for the Heart of Davie Village at Davie and Bute streets.

Drop by an open house to review the three preliminary concepts and let us know what you think. City staff and consultants will be on hand to answer questions and receive your feedback. Help us create a plaza that’s an inviting, dynamic space that celebrates the Davie Village and the local LGBTQ community. Get the details:

Want updates on the plan's implementation? Check out our newsletter

January 20, 2015 – Want to know what's next, now that the West End Community Plan has been approved by City Council? We'll be sharing newsletters to keep you informed about the progress of the plan, future events, and other important updates.

 Look under the Documents tab for all future newsletters.

Final West End Community Plan document now available

December 9, 2014 – Over the summer and fall, we’ve been busy creating a colourful, easy-to-read version of the West End Community Plan. Want to take a look? It’s now available in both PDF format and as a hard copy. If you’d rather flip through the printed plan document, it’s available at several locations in the West End: Joe Fortes Library, West End Seniors Network (Barclay Heritage Square), and Gordon Neighbourhood House.

We also created a fun and informative infographic with highlights from the West End Community Plan.

The Bute Street Plaza pilot project is now complete, and staff are reviewing pilot feedback

September 19, 2014  –  With the Bute Street Plaza pilot project complete and Bute Street reopen to traffic, staff are reviewing more than 500 comments from residents, local businesses, visitors, and stakeholders. This feedback will help determine the future of this space and the improvements that need to made to make it even better. So far, more than 80% of survey respondents support the plaza and would like to make it permanent.

A detailed summary of the feedback will be posted here.

If you didn’t have a chance to share your thoughts, please share them by email:

Tell us what you think about the public plaza at the "Heart of Davie Village"

July 25, 2014 – Share your thoughts on this public space to help identify short term improvements and to inform the future use of the space.

The online questionnaire closed on September 14, 2014. Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts on the Heart of Davie Plaza. Stay tuned to find out what we heard, and for the next steps with the plaza.

Next steps on the public plaza at the "Heart of Davie Village"

June 3, 2014 – To identify short-term improvements and inform the future design and use of the plaza at Davie and Bute streets – the "Heart of Davie Village" – the West End planning team and VIVA Vancouver will collect input through in-person surveys on location and a local resident survey. Summaries of the results will be posted here when completed.

During the West End planning process, the community recognized Davie Village as a LGBTQ hub and requested public space improvements at Davie and Bute, the "Heart of Davie Village". The City launched a pilot project in summer 2013 to create rainbow crosswalks and a temporary public plaza (see the August 2, 2013 update).

Zoning amendments passed by Council

January 23, 2014 – After Council heard from speakers and read letters, it approved the proposed zoning amendments to help implement the community plan. Amendments are explained in the January 9 update, below.

Speak at a public hearing on proposed West End zoning amendments on January 23

January 9, 2014 – As part of implementing the new West End Community Plan, amendments have been proposed to the:

  • Zoning and Development Bylaw for social and market housing, and residential and commercial developments
  • Downtown Official Development Plan
  • Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan

The proposed changes include adding definitions for "social" and "secured market rental" housing, and rezoning portions of Davie, Denman, and Robson Streets.

City Council will consider the proposed amendments at a public hearing on:

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6:00pm
City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue, Third Floor
Council Chamber

Past updates

The West End planning process took place over 18 to 21 months, starting in April 2012. It was completed in four phases.

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