Apply to be a Vancouver City Planning Commissioner

The City of Vancouver is seeking volunteers from the public for positions on the Vancouver City Planning Commission for one and two year terms commencing January 2018. Applications for these positions are now online at the City of Vancouver website, with a deadline of October 30, 2017.

The Commission welcomes applicants from individuals with experience working in Vancouver’s unique planning and development environment. Commissioners often includes architects, urban planners, landscape architects, land economists, demographers, transportation engineers, housing specialists, community developers, builders and policy analysts.

The selection and appointment of Commissioners are decided by Council. To ensure that the membership of the Commission represents and can address the issues of the broader community, we encourage applicants of all ages, genders, neighbourhoods, racial origins, income levels, and sexual orientation to apply.

About the Commission and its Work

Members of the Vancouver Planning Commission with representatives from the Seattle Planning Commission (June 17, 2017).

Established by Council under By-law No. 5064, the Commission is a citizens’ volunteer advisory body that advises City Council on planning and development issues in the City, and may report to Council on any proposal likely to have a significant effect on the future of the City.

The Commission organizes conferences, consultations, competitions, presentations, and research on topics including housing, public realm, neighbourhoods, transportation, and public engagement. We aspires to serve as a catalyst for dialogue and action, using our convening power to build work together with the efforts of our partners, and bring forward to Council the best advice we can on behalf of Vancouver citizens.

The Commission’s current work plan focuses on five themes that have been identified as of particular interest to Commissioners:

  1. The Challenge of a Resilient and Adaptive City: How can Vancouver strengthen its resilience — our shared capacity to survive, adapt and grow, no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks our residents, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems experience?
  2. A ‘City for All’: Addressing the issues of inclusion, reconciliation and diversity to work towards a caring city that leaves no resident behind.
  3. ‘Engagement for Real’: Exploring ways to improve the quality of public consultation, civic engagement, and community communication in order to enhance participatory and responsive planning within the City of Vancouver. The goal is to bridge gaps in expectations, and to further trust in the engagement process.
  4. Financing the Public Good and Public Spaces: Reconsidering how the public good, including investments in infrastructure and public spaces are financed in the city of Vancouver. Are our current financing processes sustainable, and appropriate, in providing adequate public spaces and amenities, today and in the future.
  5. Communities and Corridors: Strengthening the development of complete, sustainable communities/neighbourhoods, and an understanding of neighbourhoods and their evolution in light of mobility corridors and affordability. Balancing the development of “place” and “passage” when done well, can support a vibrant civic community.

Our work continues to be collaborative, working with other organizations, including SFU’s Urban Studies Program and Pubic Square and UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning and School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

More information about the Commission can can be found on this website.

Meetings and Time Commitment

Vancouver City Hall
Vancouver City Hall

The Vancouver City Planning Commission’s official meetings generally occur once a month on a Wednesday afternoon from 3 to 5 pm. Meetings typically take place in Committee Room No. 1 on the 3rd floor of City Hall, 453 West 12th Ave.

Committees are organized around specific topics and meet regularly as well.

Commissioners should expect to spend 4 to 8 hours per week in meetings and related work, and are expected to serve on at least one committee.

Commission activities generally occur on weekdays during daytime or evening hours, so Commissioners should have some flexibility in their schedules, and be prepared to participate on a consistent basis.

Applying for Appointment to the Commission

The online application is posted on the City of Vancouver’s website, with a closing date of 8:00 am on Monday, October 30, 2017.

VCPC’s Milestones 2016 Year in Review event (January 30, 2017).


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’s website, including demonstrated relevant experience or knowledge, abilities and skills related to the mandate of the Commission.

Commissioners may not be employees of the City, the Board of School Trustees District No. 39 (Vancouver), or the Board of Parks and Recreation of the City of Vancouver.

How Appointments are Made

All appointments are made by City Council. Copies of all applications will be made available to the Mayor and to each member of the City Council. Appointments to civic agencies and committees will be made by the Council during a subsequent meeting. It may take up to eight weeks after the deadline for appointments to be made. Every person who is appointed will be notified as soon as possible. All applicants for any position will receive notification from the City Clerk’s Office listing the nominees who have been appointed.

More Information


If you have further questions, please contact the Executive director Yuri Artibise, at or 604-873-7477

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