The Vancouver City Planning Commission has 13 voting members and 5 liaison members:
- 11 members appointed by City Council
- 2 members appointed by the Commission
- 2 Councillors, appointed by City Council
- 1 Commissioner, designated by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
- 1 Trustee, designated by the Vancouver School Board
- 1 staff member from Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability, designated by the General Manager of Planning
Commission members are drawn from the general public. Candidates must be qualified to vote in the City of Vancouver, or must have been resident in Metro Vancouver for six months immediately preceding appointment to the Commission.
In addition, candidates will be considered in relation to the criteria listed on the City of Vancouver’s website, including demonstrated relevant experience or knowledge, abilities and skills related to the mandate of the Commission.
Members may not be employees of the City of Vancouver, the Board of School Trustees District No. 39 (Vancouver), or the Board of Parks and Recreation of the City of Vancouver.
Council appoints Commissioners for two-year terms, six in even-numbered years and five in odd-numbered years. This alternating pattern applies also to the two Commission appointees. Commissioners can serve up to three consecutive terms.
Meeting frequency & time commitment
The commission generally meets once a month on a Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Meetings typically take place in Committee Room No. 1 at 3rd Floor, City Hall, 453 West 12th Ave.
Additionally, the VCPC holds monthly Standing Committee meetings once a month that Commissioners are also expected to attend. There are also various sub-committee and working group activities that interested Commissioners may take part in.
Commissioners should expect to spend 4 to 6 hours a week in meetings and related work; including participation on committees. As many Commission activities occur during weekday daytime hours, Commissioners members should have a lot of control over their daily schedules in order to participate fully.
Commissioners are expected to attend all Commission meetings, and must request leave if they are unable to attend.
Commisisoner may miss no more than three consecutive meetings or five meetings within a calendar year, without obtaining leave of absence from the Commission. Membership will be terminated following such an absence.
Roles of Council (and Board) Liaisons
The Guidelines for Advisory Bodies (pdf) outlines the primary roles of Council (and Board) Liaisons appointed to advisory committees as follows:
- Act as non-voting liaisons to advisory committees and attend meetings as regularly as their schedules permit.
- Provide an information and liaison role between City Council, Park Board, or School Board and the advisory committee.
- Ensure that the advisory committee’s work falls within the mandate of City Council.
- Provide advice and information on City Council, Park Board, School Board policies respecting the advisory committee.
- Carry advisory committee ideas and perspectives to the elected bodies for consideration in their deliberations. Council Liaisons receive motions approved by their respective advisory committee in advance of the minutes being published.
Role of Staff Liaison
The Guidelines for Advisory Bodies (pdf) outlines the primary roles of staff liaisons appointed to advisory committees as follows:
- Act as non-voting liaisons to advisory committees
- Provide information and background on City programs, services and projects
- Seek advisory committee input and ideas for proposed programs, services or initiatives
- Do not receive direction from advisory committees
Terms of Reference
Please refer to our Term of Reference page for more information on VCPC’s composition, powers, and duties, as well as City of Vancouver procedures and code of conduct guiding our work.