Vancouver City Planning Commission

The Vancouver City Planning Commission is an advisory body of volunteers appointed by Council with a broad mandate to consider and advise Council on matters relating to the future of Vancouver.

The Commission carries out this mandate through special projects on relevant issues, and by selecting specific matters on Council’s agenda on which to provide comment during Council’s deliberations.

In carrying out this work, the Commission organizes conferences, consultations, competitions, presentations and research on a variety of topics including housing, the public realm, transportation, public engagement and neighbourhoods.


For more information on the Vancouver City Planning Commission, please visit the City of Vancouver VCPC webpage.

Our Work

The mandate of the Vancouver City Planning Commission (VCPC) is to advise City Council on matters relating to the planning and development of the City as citizens of the City of Vancouver; and in particular, to represent ideas and opinions about the future of the city and to consider and report to Council on any proposal likely to have a significant effect on this future.

The Commission aspires to serve as a catalyst for dialogue and action, using our convening power to work together with partners, thus bringing forward to Mayor and Council the best advice we can on behalf of Vancouver citizens. The Commission is aware of its small size, limited resources, and the need to work within a regional context, particularly on matters such as resilience.

Here is a sample of some of the VCPC’s current and past projects.

  • A City for All: The Planning Commission is exploring how diversity, inclusion and reconciliation can contribute to improving Vancouver’s resilience in the face of shocks and stresses. (2018)
  • Shaping Resiliency: A city summit on the importance of resiliency to the future of Vancouver. (2017)
  • Alternate Futures: Alternative Futures Housing & 21 Places for the 21st Century Ideas Competition. (2004-2005)

Blog

2019 Year-in-Review Workshop

Workshopping the planning milestones that transformed Vancouver in 2019 Year in Review 2019 is the 5th annual workshop convened by the Vancouver City Planning Commission to discuss the most transformative events, actions, decisions and directions that shaped Vancouver’s urban landscape this year.

Broadway Plan Guiding Principles

On October 22, 2019, Vancouver City Council endorsed a set of guiding principles for planning the area of Broadway between Clark Drive and Vine Street. These nine principles set the direction for the creation of the Broadway Plan which will incorporate core community values into future planning in the area.

Contact

The Vancouver City Planning Commission is an advisory body of volunteers appointed by Council with a broad mandate to consider and advise Council on matters relating to the future of Vancouver.

We are not the planning department and, as such, do not deal with specific planning and zoning or permit related questions or decisions. For inquiries of this type, please contact the City of Vancouver though the 3-1-1 information centre.

Due to volume of email, it is not always possible to respond to inquiries in a timely manner. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Vancouver City Planning Commission 
Vancouver City Hall
453 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada
V5Y 1V4

Email: vcpc@vancouver.ca
Voicemail: 604-873-7477