Downtown Vancouver

12,000 voices help shape the direction of city-wide planning

Now that we’ve finished the first phase of engagement and have a clear picture of where Vancouver is today, we’ll be using the 10 Provisional Goals to continue the conversation about the city we want to become.

Gil Kelley, General Manager of Planning, Urban Design, and Sustainability

October 7 2020 –

Having completed the first phase of public engagement from November 2019 to August 2020, Planning Vancouver Together has developed 10 Provisional Goals for the city we want to become.

These Goals were informed by over 12,000 residents, community members, interest groups and stakeholders both pre- and post-COVID-19, and will guide the city-wide Planning Vancouver Together initiative moving forward.

10 Provisional Goals for the Vancouver Plan

  • Advance a City of Reconciliation through Decolonization
  • Create an Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive City
  • Become  a Sustainable, Carbon Neutral City
  • Be a Prepared, Safe, and Resilient City
  • Develop an Affordable City with Diverse and Secure Housing for every resident that they can afford with 30% or less of their household income 
  • Support a Diverse and Healthy Economy
  • Achieve Complete, Connected and Culturally Vibrant Neighbourhoods
  • Re-Establish Thriving Urban Natural Systems 
  • Intentionally Manage our Growth and Align our Efforts Regionally
  • Demonstrate Transparency in Decision-Making and Collaborate with Partners

The goals were developed in consideration of community input, analysis of policy gaps and looking at Council’s long-term priorities like Affordable housing, Climate Emergency, Equity and Reconciliation.

A comprehensive public engagement program will be launching in October to explore how these goals can be further developed and achieved.  

A picture of Vancouver today

Planning Vancouver Together had over 12,000 touchpoints with various community voices in the first year of our listening phase, designed to identify key concerns, values, and aspirations.

The results give a clear picture of where Vancouver is today.

This is what we heard the Vancouver Plan needs to address, as we prepare for an increasingly complex next 30 years:

  • Core Challenges, such as rising unaffordability, housing insecurity, homelessness, addiction, and widening social and economic inequality
  • What We Need to do More of In the Future, such as protect and preserve natural spaces, promote social connection and cultural spaces, design a more compact, complete and walkable city, and promote more inclusion, diversity and opportunity for shared prosperity; and
  • How to Move Forward Together, by thinking and acting in partnership, improving and evolving our outreach, and addressing gaps in the audiences we reach.

Read the full summary of what we’ve heard, our approach, and all metrics

Supporting COVID recovery

The Vancouver Plan is a convener for actions related to community recovery, which are being supported in the 10 Provisional Goals above and through the City-wide recovery program. Further work on recovery actions will be undertaken in the fall of 2020, including prioritizing areas of recovery and potential funding sources.

About Planning Vancouver Together

Planning Vancouver Together is an intensely engaging process that aims to reflect the diversity of our population and results a long-term, strategic vision and actionable Vancouver Plan. 

It will guide how we heal, invest, govern, and work to build a city where current and future generations can thrive.

More information can be found at:

Quotes

Gil Kelley, General Manager of Planning, Urban Design, and Sustainability

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, the conversation about our city’s future has taken on an even greater sense of importance. Now that we’ve finished the first phase of engagement and have a clear picture of where Vancouver is today, we’ll be using the 10 Provisional Goals to continue the conversation about the city we want to become,” said Gil Kelley, General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability. 

“The next phase of engagement with our neighbourhoods and communities will focus on defining and making choices about achieving these 10 Provisional Goal, as we begin to explore what our future should look like and what it will take for us to get there. This will include more in-depth conversations about how to create more complete neighbourhoods, what’s missing now and what changes are needed for the future.”