Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee

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

Meeting updates

Next meeting: Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at 4:30 pm

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.

Online meeting password:ghapc2024

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Access code: 2773 210 5863

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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 Gastown area (zone HA-2) by:

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

Meeting frequency

The committee generally meets on the third Wednesday of each month, except August, at a location in Gastown. Meetings typically start at 4:00pm and run for 3 hours.

Time commitment

Members may also serve on the Design Review Subcommittee or on another issue-related subcommittee, requiring about three additional hours a month. Significant preparation time is required for all meetings.

Attendance requirement

Members 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 10 members, representing the following groups in Gastown:

  • Stephanie Ameyaw, Co-chair (community resident tenant)
  • Tanya Bennett (community business representative)
  • Brent Constantine (community hospitality representative)
  • Harmony Cornwell, Chair (local property owner)
  • Sean Elbe (community resident owner)
  • Alyssa Myshok (community business representative)
  • Mitchell Thom (local property owner)
  • Adrian Watson (community architect representative)
  • Vacant (community engineer representative)
  • Vacant (community heritage representative)

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

Members are appointed by City Council for 1-year and 2-year terms. A newly-elected Council may reappoint members in a 1-year term for 1 additional year. No member may serve more than 4 years.


  • Staff:
    • Elijah Sabadlan, Heritage Planner
    • Rachel Magnusson, Associate Director, Street Activities
  • Council:
    • Councillor Peter Meiszner

Meetings, agendas, and minutes

Resources for Civic Agency members

Contact the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee

Staff contact
Elijah Sabadlan
Heritage Planner

Phone: 604-873-7056