EVENT: Is Vancouver Building Enough Housing? July 6, 5:30pm

… and how will we know?

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 | 5:30-7:00pm
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In 2018, the Vancouver City Planning Commission (VCPC) brought together a collaborative Summit on a “City For All” where we engaged more than 225 participants including other City Advisory Committees, community groups, and various organizations both public, private, academic, and non-profit. One important theme and principle that emerged from the Summit was the goal of delivering “Housing for All” in Vancouver.

Vancouver has been struggling with housing insecurity for generations, and continues to grapple with the challenge even today. Join the VCPC on July 6th for a provocative discussion around these questions:

  • Is there a role for housing targets?
  • How do we know whether we’re making any progress?
  • How can non-profit and/or market housing approaches improve Vancouver’s housing affordability outcomes?

Take this opportunity to hear from our expert panel of housing developers/operators, advocates, researchers, and data analysts in exploring this big question. Expect to come away with a better understanding of what you need to demand of your current and future city councillors!

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Commissioners win 2021 Plan Canada Award for Article on Inequalities During COVID

Congratulations to current Commissioner Amina Yasin, and past Commissioner Daniella Fergusson for winning  the Canadian Institute of Planners 2021 Plan Canada Award for their article “Pandemic Patios and “Flat White” Urbanism originally published in Plan Canada Winter 2020 (Vol. 60 No. 4) issue. The article highlights how existing inequality in our society with already vulnerable members of our communities has been further compounded during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading “Commissioners win 2021 Plan Canada Award for Article on Inequalities During COVID”

VCPC in the News — Broadway Subway

An artist’s rendering of the Mt. Pleasant SkyTrain Station.
The Vancouver City Planning Commissioner has long been interested in the planning for the Broadway Subway. Back in 2017, we submitted two memoranda to  Mayor and Council both recommending comprehensive, engaged land-use planning and urban design processes for the adjoining
areas and neighbourhoods.
March 8, 2017 | December 13, 2017
Commissioners have continued to follow and discuss the progress on the development of the Broadway, including receiving updates from city staff on their work. Last week, Commissioner Amina Yasin was interviewed by Dan Fumano for a story in the Vancouver Sun .  Her comments reflected the VCPC’s earlier recommendations, and added more specific examples of how broader planning could have helped  address some of Vancouver’s most pressing problems by making better use of the publicly owned stations sites.Here is what she had to say:
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Plan Canada: Social and Racial Equity Issue

Commissioner Amina Yasin and former Commissioner Daniella Fergusson co-edited the Spring 2021 edition of Plan Canada. This is a unique issue, proposed by Amina and Daniella in their role and co-chairs of the Canadian Institute of Planners’ Social Equity Committee. To provide adequate editorial flexibility and discretion, the editorial committee handed over the reins to the guest editors, giving them the opportunity and space to facilitate this important dialogue. Continue reading “Plan Canada: Social and Racial Equity Issue”