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 November 4, 2018:

  • Glenda Bartosh (Community Heritage Representative)
  • Mahbod Biazi (Local Property Owner)
  • Brady Dunlop (Community Architect Representative)
  • Franke James (Local Property Owner)
  • Glade Schoenfeld (Community Engineer Representative)
  • Samuel Sugita (Community Business Representative)
  • Eddie Emerman (Community Hospitality Representative)
  • Vacant (Community Business Representative)
  • Vacant (Community Resident Owner)
  • Vacant (Community Resident Tenant)


  • City Council: Councillor Kerry Jang
  • City Council: Councillor Raymond Louie
  • Park Board: Commissioner Michael Wiebe
  • Vancouver School Board, Liaison, Janet Fraser
  • Staff: Zlatan Jankovic, 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