Chinatown Historic Area Planning Committee

The committee works to preserve and protect the heritage and character of the historic Chinatown area. 

Online meetings

We've transitioned to virtual advisory body meetings. These meetings are convened by electronic means as authorized by Ministerial Order No. M192, Local Government Meetings and By-law Process Order No. 3.

Virtual meetings use Cisco WebEx Events. No software download is required. Use the link below to view the meeting live through your web browser. 

A link to join the live meeting broadcast is posted 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Next meeting: Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 5:30pm

Online Meeting Password: ufYHmVCp248 (83946827 from phones and video systems)

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Join by phone (audio only)

1-855-699-3239 (Canada - toll free)

Access code: 2770 081 3488

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Following the meeting, minutes will be posted online and can be found in the ‘Meetings’ tab below.

Terms of reference

The committee works to preserve and protect the heritage and character of the Chinatown area (zones HA-1 and HA-1A) by:

  • Advising the Director of Planning on matters relating to Chinatown
  • Working with all City departments to develop and implement policies and programs that affect Chinatown

Meeting frequency

Meetings are generally held on the second Thursday of each month, except August, at 5:30pm. Meetings take place in the Board Room of the Chinese Cultural Centre at 50 East Pender St, Vancouver.

Time commitment

Monthly meetings last about 3 hours each. Members may also serve on subcommittees which are formed from time to time. Preparation for all meetings is required.

Attendance requirement

Member may miss no more than four consecutive meetings without obtaining leave of absence from the committee. Membership will be terminated following the fourth such absence.


The committee consists of 13 members from the following groups:

  • Architectural Institute of British Columbia (two members)
  • Chinatown Merchants Association (two members)
  • Chinatown property owners (two members)
  • Chinese Cultural Centre (one member)
  • Chinese Benevolent Association (one member)
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society (one member)
  • Heritage Vancouver (one member)
  • Planning Institute of British Columbia (one member)
  • SUCCESS (one member)
  • Member-at-large (one member)

Membership of the committee will be inclusive of low income residents.

Members are appointed by City Council for one-year and two-year terms. A newly-elected Council may reappoint members in a one-year term for one additional year. No member may serve more than four years.

Terms expiring December 31, 2024 (or until successors are appointed):

  • Calvin Chan (Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association)
  • Lisa Jones (Architectural Institute of British Columbia)
  • Ross Lam (Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association)
  • Ryan Lee (Heritage Vancouver)
  • Lorraine Lowe (Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society)
  • Inge Roecker (Member-At-Large)
  • Rufina Wu (Architectural Institute of British Columbia)
  • Vacant (Chinatown Merchants Association)
  • Vacant (Chinatown Planning Institute of British Columbia)
  • Vacant (Chinatown Property Owner)
  • Vacant (Chinese Benevolent Association)
  • Vacant (Chinese Cultural Centre)
  • Vacant (SUCCESS)

Terms expiring December 31, 2025 (or until successors are appointed):

  • Shora Parvaresh (Chinatown Property Owner)


  • City Council: Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung
  • Park Board: TBA
  • Vancouver School Board: TBA
  • Staff: James Boldt, Heritage Planner

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Contact the Chinatown Historic Area Planning Committee

Staff contacts
James Boldt
Heritage Planner

Phone: 604-873-9260