EVENT: Does Vancouver need a new city-wide plan?

The public is invited to take part in a conversation about the idea of a new city-wide plan for Vancouver. Join SFU City Conversations and the Vancouver City Planning Commission on Thursday, November 20, 12:30 pm at the downtown SFU Harbour Centre campus for a lunch-time discussion with a distinguished panel:

Ann McAfee, Vancouver’s Co-Director of Planning (with Larry Beasley) who guided the 1995 CityPlan; Patrick Condon, Chair of Urban Design at UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture; and Peter Whitelaw, Principal at the Modus planning group with experience in creating and updating plans for other BC municipalities.

Bring your own questions and ideas to add to these: What would be the benefits of a new attempt to create a city-wide plan that defines where growth would take place, what could that process look like, and what hazards would that process face?


When: 20 November 2014, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Location: SFU Harbour Centre, 515 Hastings Street West, Vancouver


The basic layout of Vancouver’s streets, neighbourhoods, schools, parks and basic infrastructure dates back to the Bartholomew Plan of 1928. This plan was the foundation for many local area and community plans, for transportation plans, and for zoning maps identifying what could be built and where.

After half a century of growth and change, and with extensive public process, in 1995 Council adopted CityPlan, a 20-year framework for decisions on programs, priorities and actions on funding, programs, and actions that has been the basis for many community and other planning programs.

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