Milestones 2018 Workshop Recap

The Vancouver City Planning Commission’s (VCPC) annual cycle of events to identify the milestones  in planning and development of 2018 was kicked off on November 19 with a workshop at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. The table talk was intense as over 40 urban thinkers, professionals, advocates, and community members debated policies, decisions and events that could have a transformative impact on the evolution of Vancouver.

The candidates for 2018 milestones proposed by the VCPC Chronology Committee stood up fairly well to scrutiny. Only one proposed milestone received a unanimous “yes” from all tables: City returns land to Musqueam First Nation 158 years after pre-emption. But even the proposal that received the least support – City approves accessibility strategy – was endorsed by two tables. The remaining 10 proposed milestones received a range of Yes/No/Maybes.

In addition to the committee proposals, participants offered 11 other possible milestones for consideration. After further discussion, the chronology committee concluded that many of the new ideas were either “too early to tell” if transformative change would occur, or referred to something that was related to an earlier milestone. A full list of emerging 2018 milestones, as well as others that were considered is available on the Chronology Project website.

All 12 candidates will be included in a survey of community groups that will be distributed widely in mid-December. A new proposal to include a milestone on the $10 a day childcare pilot project – a provincial initiative that will provide 2,500 spaces in Vancouver – will also be included in the survey. Other proposals are to be placed in the timeline as postscripts to earlier milestones or put on a watch list for next year. Remarks made during the table discussions will be integrated into the descriptions of the proposed milestones.

All milestones are reviewed after five years to determine whether the impacts were truly significant. Those that stand the test of time are added to the online Chronology of Planning and Development in Vancouver.

The Chronology Project is very much a collaborative effort which depends on
a community of engaged thinkers and doers to create and maintain. Hopefully we captured the wisdom in the room. Together we are building a resource that provides a solid foundation for informed dialogue on planning and development in our city.

If you have any comments about the event or the proposed milestones that you wish to add, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you at the public TransFORMation 2018: A Dialogue on Events that Changed Vancouver event on February 4, 2019.  RSVP soon as seats are limited, and there was a waiting list for last year’s event.


About the Chronology Project

The Vancouver City Planning Commission seeks to ground its future-oriented work in an understanding of the roots of the present and the legacy from the past. Although there are many excellent histories of Vancouver, and numerous useful thematic chronologies, there was no reliable resource that provided a comprehensive chronology of milestones in the city’s planning and development.

In 2014, following a round table discussion with past Planning Commissioners, the Planning Commission set out to develop one. With the assistance of an advisory panel and community partners including UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Vancouver Heritage Commission and Vancouver Archives, the VCPC completed the first edition of the chronology in 2015, published as an online timeline.

The framework for identifying milestones in Vancouver’s planning and development history is described in What is a Milestone?

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