Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee

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

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:

  • One community architect representative
  • Two community business representatives
  • One community engineer representative
  • One community heritage representative
  • One community hospitality representative
  • One community resident owner
  • One community resident tenant
  • Two local property owners

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, 2020:

  • Viktorija Barakauskas (Community Engineer)
  • Mahbod Biazi (Local Property Owner)
  • Sarah Chesterman (Community Resident Tenant)
  • Brady Dunlop (Community Architect)
  • Clarence Lowe (Community Business Representative)
  • Peter Meiszner (Community Resident Owner)
  • Natalie Telewiak (Local Property Owner)
  • Jurian ter Horst (Community Heritage Representative)
  • Vacant (Community Hospitality Representative)
  • Vacant (Community Heritage Representative)


  • City Council: Councillor Colleen Hardwick
  • City Council: Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung
  • Vancouver School Board: Trustee Janet Fraser
  • Staff: Hugh McLean, Planner

Meetings, agendas, and minutes

Resources for advisory committee members

Contact the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee

Staff contact
Hugh McLean

Phone: 604-873-7056