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Planning Vancouver Together embraces community recovery planning

We are at a pivotal time, as we all begin to emerge from the experience of the pandemic into a world that is confronting new and old struggles head on.

General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability Gil Kelley

June 25 2020 –

As we support recovery across Vancouver and start thinking about long-term rebuilding, we want to hear about the COVID-19 experiences and recovery ideas from our diverse communities.

Planning Vancouver Together is continuing efforts to engage the diversity of our population in creating a long-term, strategic vision and actionable Vancouver Plan to shape the future of our City to 2050 and beyond. The scope is adapting to also help guide our community recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vancouver has seen significant changes in recent months, and everyone has been impacted differently by this pandemic. Hearing about how people have been affected and what their needs are will help us plan a better future together.

Share your thoughts online

Starting today, you can share your thoughts using our new digital engagement platform, Shape Your City Vancouver.

We want to know:

  • How has your life changed in your community and neighbourhood?
  • What have been your challenges during this time?
  • What could the City do over the coming months to make life better and help communities recover?
  • What are your ideas for how can we create a more resilient city and more resilient communities?

Long-term priorities, and recovery

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, through the Planning Vancouver Together process, we heard from many communities that life in this city was getting worse. While the longer-term impacts on the economy and communities may be felt for years to come, the crisis has further highlighted existing inequities and gaps in services for lower-income, non-English speaking, and other vulnerable communities.

In light of COVID-19, the planning process will continue to advance a long-term strategy for a more resilient future, and also develop short-term actions that respond to the immediate recovery needs of our community. This public engagement will be online in support of the necessary public health measures to slow the spread until we can resume in-person meetings safely.

This engagement also contributes to our overarching Restart Smart Vancouver initiative to support economic and community recovery, restart City services, and rebuild for the future as we all adapt to the "new normal" in our city.

About Planning Vancouver Together

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

The Vancouver Plan has always been intended to shape the future of our city to 2050 and beyond. The scope has shifted to also help guide our community recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. While it will not be a detailed instruction book, the Plan will be a tool that helps prioritize future decisions and sets directions for the city we want to become.

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

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General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability Gil Kelley

"We are at a pivotal time, as we all begin to emerge from the experience of the pandemic into a world that is confronting new and old struggles head on," said Gil Kelley, General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability.

"We want to hear how people are experiencing the very important conversations around race, reconciliation, governance, and society within the context of rebuilding from the significant impacts of COVID-19. We fully expect these to be difficult conversations, but they are so vital for us to learn and take action on the challenges and impacts people are facing on many levels."