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Vancouver to embark on new City plan process

"Creating a long-term plan that takes into account the needs of all residents - current and future - is a positive and proactive way to collectively guide our future." Mayor Kennedy Stewart

November 15 2018 –

Vancouver City Council has directed staff to expedite the development of a city-wide plan.

"Creating a long-term plan that takes into account the needs of all residents - current and future - is a positive and proactive way to collectively guide our future," said Mayor Kennedy Stewart.

"I would like to acknowledge Councillor Carr and Councillor Hardwick for bringing this forward to Council, and I have confidence in our capable Planning team as they take on this momentous effort."

The need for a city-wide plan

Throughout the many conversations in developing recent plans such as the Housing Vancouver Strategy, the initial phase of Making Room, and a number of local community area plans, residents and industry members have said they would like to see a clear, "big picture" city-wide framework for how we're collectively moving forward as a city.

"A long-term, city-wide plan would establish a clear framework to address rising issues in Vancouver such as housing affordability, environmental and social health, the need for long-term clarity around land-use, leveraging long-term capital investments and programs with senior levels of government, and encouraging a culture of innovation," said Gil Kelley, the General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability.

Areas expected to be covered by a city plan include:

  •   The shape of neighbourhoods
  •   Resiliency in the face of climate change and earthquakes
  •   The future of the economy and shared prosperity
  •   Harnessing technological transformations for enhanced livability 
  •   Investments for improved transportation and mobility
  •   Housing options, equity and access to community amenities
  •   Social cohesion and inclusion
  •   Protection for renters
  •   Heritage and reconciliation
  •   Natural systems and assets
  •   Enjoyable, well-designed gathering places
  •   Ways to promote and express our unique arts and culture

Community engagement

The development of a city plan will be a multi-year effort to create a clear and compelling vision of our desired future along with strategies that will position us to realize that vision. Vancouver will also have to opportunity to engage with:

  • Residents
  • Youth
  • Businesses
  • Partner institutions
  • Civic organizations

A new initiative

This would be the first comprehensive, city-wide planning initiative since the 1990s when an earlier city plan effort was started but did not advance beyond high-level vision and directions.

Staff have been asked to develop:

  • A work plan
  • Timeline
  • Confirmation of resources needed
  • A robust and collaborative engagement process

A report to Council is expected in early 2019.