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
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
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:
- 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
- Confirmation of resources needed
- A robust and collaborative engagement process
A report to Council is expected in early 2019.