A selection of reports, presentations and publications produced by the Vancouver City Planning Commission or related organizations.

A City for All VCPC Summit 2018 Cover Image

A City for All Summit Report and Workbook

2019 (( 4.33 MB)

Joining the community of world cities that are meeting the challenge of growth in similar and diverse forms, the 2018 Vancouver Summit on A City for All focused a broad consultation on successes, experiences, interactions, and recommendations. Social exclusion and oppression of the marginalized are taxes on economic, political and social resources, on social growth and urban sustainability. At the heart of good, urban living is social and political equity and justice.

The Summit represented the vast array of knowledgeable groups which are working intimately on our city’s most challenging issues, and are prepared to be a resource to city decision makers to help shape policy and practice to enable Vancouver to become a more equitable, accessible, and vibrant place.

 Cover of Shaping Resiliency: A Summit on Resilience and Vancouver’s Future, April 2018

Shaping Resiliency: A Summit on Resilience and Vancouver’s Future

2018 (( 1.15 MB)

On October 25, 2017, the Vancouver City Planning Commission (VCPC), in collaboration with theCity of Vancouver100 Resilient Cities, and Simon Fraser University Public Square, hosted Shaping Resiliency: A Summit on Resilience and Vancouver’s Future.

This invitational event was intended to encourage dialogue among thought leaders, experts and influencers from the public, private, non-profit and academic sectors. The summit was also  an opportunity to inform Vancouver’s Preliminary Resilience Assessment and set the foundation for its’ ensuing strategy.

 The Future of the Downtown Waterfront report cover

The Future of the Downtown Waterfront: Piecemeal Development or a Cohesive Plan?


The Downtown Waterfront Working Group, which includes planners who worked on the original plan, published a draft discussion paper in May 2015 outlining issues they would like to see the City address before considering development proposals, including work on the implementation strategy. The tower proposal, rejected by the Urban Design Panel in January 2015, has been withdrawn and is expected to be revised and resubmitted in the near future.

 Cover of Adequate Housing: A Human Right Round-table Conversation with Miloon Kothari 2012 

Adequate Housing: A Human Right Round-table Conversation with Miloon Kothari


Miloon Kothari has been working with the Housing and Land Rights Network of civil society organizations in India on human rights issues. His work on housing has brought him to Vancouver a number of times. In 2007, while here on his mission as the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, he assisted with the work on the Olympics social sustainability initiative. He returned in 2009 in connection with the publication of his report on housing in Canada.

Over the week of his 2012 visit to Vancouver, sponsored by the SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement, he gave two lectures, one on housing and human rights, and one on the realization of human rights in India. He has toured the Downtown Eastside and will have met with groups and elected officials including First United Church, Vancouver Renters’ Union, Housing Justice, Vancouver Foundation, Vancity Community Foundation, City of Vancouver staff, and Federal MP and Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair.

Cover of A Sustainable City of Sustainable Neighbourhoods 2011

A Sustainable City of Sustainable Neighbourhoods

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The Commission explored the question of how Vancouver can evolve into a sustainable city of sustainable neighbourhoods in ways that meet neighbourhood needs while advancing city-wide goals. With predominantly single-family neighbourhoods accounting for almost half of Vancouver’s land mass, figuring out how to realize sustainability at a neighbourhood level is critical to the sustainability of the city as a whole. Commissioners organized dialogues and workshops with neighbourhood groups and sustainability practitioners, culminating in a symposium in April 2011.

This report provides a summary of the Vancouver City Planning Commissionʼs Sustainable City of Sustainable Neighbourhoods project, and includes discussion of outcomes and concludes with lessons learned and a discussion of possible future directions. It is based on the formal report submitted to Vancouver City Council on July 28, 2011. The full report and presentation are located at the meeting page at the City of Vancouver website.

Vancouver Change Charter 2008

Vancouver Change Charter

2008  1.5MB

The change charter was the culmination of a two-year exploration of the theme of adaptability in public spaces, buildings, infrastructure and urban design at various scales. The A City Built for Change project included speaker events, workshops and research projects. The Change Charter defined adaptability as the key tenet of sustainability, and outlined a set of adaptability principles that should underlie planning and decision-making in the interest of creating a resilient city in the face of change.

 A City Built for Change 2007-2008 report cover

A City Built for Change

The Vancouver City Planning Commission 2007-08 term-end report advocating for more adaptable cities.

Cover of YouMAP Vancouver: Neighbourhood Mapping Project report, 2008

YouMAP Vancouver: Neighbourhood Mapping Project,

2008  4MB

This pilot project explored a new approach to citizen engagement and community asset mapping in two Vancouver neighbourhoods, Grandview Woodland and Douglas Park. YouMapVancouver used a combination of traditional pubic engagement methods such as neighbourhood asset mapping with new internet-based mapping technologies introduced within the venue of a neighbourhood festival.

The project was based on the idea that the amenities that make neighbourhoods good places to live are a combination of traditional institutional amenities like parks and libraries, as well as ‘soft’ amenities such as neighbourhood-oriented shops and strong social networks.

Copy of Strengthening Community Resilience report, 2007

Strengthening Community Resilience,

2007  236KB

In popular terms, resiliency is the capacity of a community to survive, adapt and bounce back from a crisis or disaster. The author argues that resilience related to a wide variety of catastrophes, whether caused by humans or nature, has a common set of lessons and approaches. This paper reviews the literature and practices using a Disaster Risk Matrix, which provides a flexible framework and schematic model that puts hazardous events on a continuum from crises to catastrophe and distinguishes between them as related to human or natural causes.

Prepared for the International Centre for Sustainable Cities in April 2005 (Abridged Version Oct 2007).

Cover of Affordability by Design, Affordability for All report, 2006

Affordability by Design, Affordability for All

2006  4MB

The report on this conference describes the proceedings and key findings of this exploration of City-based solutions to housing affordability, with discussion of barriers and recommendations.

Speakers and panelists included Karrie Jacobs, Dale McClanaghan, Lance Jakubec, Bill Buholzer, Bruce Haden, Jay Wollenberg, Bob Ransford, Larry Beasley and Mayor Sam Sullivan.

Co-produced with SFU City Program and Smart Growth BC.

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Goals for Vancouver

1980  11MB

Following a major program of public involvement, the Commission produced the Goals for Vancouver report, later updated in 1987. The range of topics was comprehensive and included movement, leisure, people economy, services, and city management.

The report became a reference point for future discussions of Vancouver’s future. It laid the groundwork for the extensive consultations that created CityPlan, the framework that continues to guide decision-making on City programs, priorities and actions on a wide range of topics including transportation, arts, housing and community services.