Apply to be a Vancouver City Planning Commissioner

The City of Vancouver is seeking volunteers from the public to fill a vacancy on the Vancouver City Planning Commission. Application for this positions are now online at the City of Vancouver website, with a deadline of Friday, July 26, 2019.

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, abilities, genders, racial origins, sexual identity, income levels, residency statuses and other lived experience to volunteer to help shape the future of out city to better serve everyone in our community.

Please note: You do not need to be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to serve on an advisory committee.

About the VCPC and our 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 the design of places and spaces. Our aim is to strengthen the development of complete, sustainable communities, and improve our 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.  To achieve this, the VCPC is focusing on:

  • being an integral part of the development of a Vancouver City-wide Plan (CWP) .
  • continuing to review and pass motions to provide responsive and proactive advice to Mayor and Council on larger planning initiatives. Topic areas that may be of interest include Broadway Corridor, Jericho Lands, Heather Lands, Beach Avenue study, etc.
  • participating in cultural competency training to enhance our learning on reconciliation and inclusion; and engaging with Indigenous persons to advise us on our path to reconciliation.
  • engaging with other advisory committees s on areas of common interest including the City-wide Plan work.

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 regular 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.

The Commissioners also usually meets as a Standing Committee once a month on Wednesdays in weeks when there is not a regular VCPC meeting. These meeting are less formal working sessions. While not an official meeting under the bylaw, regular attendance is expected.

Working 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.

2018 A City for All Summit organizing by the VCPC. Photograph by Jennifer Marshall

Applying for Appointment to the VCPC

The online application is posted on the City of Vancouver’s website, with a closing date of 11:59 pm on Friday, July 26, 2019.


Commissioners 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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