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West End Community Plan wins Excellence in Policy Planning Award

May 14 2014

West End

The West End Community Plan has won the Planning Institute of British Columbia’s 2014 Excellence in Policy Planning Award (City and Urban Areas) for its innovative policies and comprehensive public engagement.

The West End Planning team accepted the award at a ceremony on May 14, 2014.

Recognized for its innovative policies and strategy

The plan was recognized for policies that will guide positive change in the West End over the next 30 years by providing a clear but flexible framework on where and how new growth will occur.

It addresses a variety of areas such as:

  • Housing, with density bonus zoning for secured market rental and social housing, and rental laneway infill housing
  • Business, with the “Villages Strategy” for revitalizing local shopping areas
  • Public benefits, with improvements to public spaces and enhancing walking routes, and a detailed public benefits strategy
  • Diversity, by recognizing and strengthening the area as a hub for LGBTQ communities 

The plan includes a clear strategy for City investments in new housing, facilities, services, and infrastructure in the West End. It aims to ensure planning considers social, economic, cultural, and environmental sustainability.

Recognized for its public engagement process

The award also acknowledges the comprehensive public engagement process that reached out to a broad range of community members, including:

  • People of different ages, cultural backgrounds, and income levels
  • Homeowners
  • Renters
  • Business owners
  • LGBTQ communities
  • Local community groups
  • Other stakeholders

The diversity of people who participated in the planning process and the many different opportunities to contribute were a strength of the plan.

About the Planning Institute of BC

The Planning Institute of BC annually recognizes the professional work and individual accomplishments of members across British Columbia and the Yukon through its awards and recognition programs.

Learn more about the West End community plan

West End community plan

West End Community Plan

We created the West End Community Plan to ensure that future growth in the West End meets the needs of the community. Learn more about the plan.