On This Date: Granville Townsite Established (1870)

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10
March
2017

On March 10th 1870 the settlement know locally as Gastown was given its official name: Granville Townsite. 

1886 – View of Granville Townsite, looking West from Main at Cordova. Archives item# Dist P8.3.

1886 – View of Granville Townsite, looking West from Main at Cordova. Archives item# Dist P8.3.

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Memorandum: Arbutus Corridor and Millennium Line Extension Planning

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09
March
2017

As part of its mandate to advise Mayor and Council on issues relevant to the future of the city, the Vancouver City Planning Commission (VCPC) has recently been observing with great interest the launch of two significant projects: the Arbutus Greenway planning process following the City’s acquisition of the previous railway corridor, and the process for the extension of the SkyTrain system’s Millennium Line along the Broadway corridor. Both of these projects will significantly impact the future development of the City. Both of these projects are also exceptional opportunities to enhance the quality of life of Vancouverites and to act as catalysts for the further development of a more sustainable and prosperous city.

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Canadian cities face complex problems in the urban century

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06
March
2017

The following editorial was published in the Vancouver Sun on March 4, 2016 as part of a series supporting SFU Public Square's 2017 Community Summit. It was co-written by VCPC Chair Nola Kate Seymoar, and former mayor of Vancouver, former premier of B.C. and former chair of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities, Mike Harcourt.  Mike was also a panelist at our recent Milestones 2016 forum.

 

Opinion: Canadian cities face complex problems in the urban century

We are living in the urban century. Fifty-five per cent of the world population lives in cities, and by 2050 that is expected to rise to 65 per cent. Eighty-two per cent of Canadians live in urban areas, and by 2050 that number is expected to increase to 90 per cent. The quality of life of Canadians now and in the future depends upon the state of our cities.

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Year-In-Review Panel Pinpoints Milestones of 2016

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20
February
2017

The Vancouver City Planning Commission convened their second annual Year-In-Review forum on January 30, 2017, to consider milestones in planning and development in 2016 and offer their views on the direction that Vancouver is heading. 

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VCPC hosts panel on year’s top planning developments

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13
February
2017

A special thanks to the Vancouver Public Space Network's Naomi Wittes Reichstein for her recap of our Chronology Project's recent Milestones 2016 event!

Proposed design concept, including plaza, for Safeway site at Broadway and Commercial, Grandview-Woodland Community Plan

Proposed design concept, including plaza, for Safeway site at Broadway and Commercial, Grandview-Woodland Community Plan

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11 Milestones that will Shape Vancouver’s Future

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08
February
2017

Local urbanistand former Commissioner—Jillian Glover  wrote this recap of the VCPC's 2016 milestones on her website, This City Life.

What are the significant events, activities and decisions in 2016 that will shape Vancouver’s future?

Earlier this fall, the Vancouver City Planning Commission put together a preliminary list of 2016 planning milestones that was reviewed by planners, architects, landscape architects, developers, urban historians and engaged urbanists. The list was put to a vote and the final results were presented and debated at an event last week. It included panelists such as the former Mayor of Vancouver and Premier of BC, Mike Harcourt, and Carla Guerrera, a leader in real estate development and urban planning. 

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New Commissioner: Daniella Fergusson

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07
February
2017

Daniella FergussonOn February 1, 2017, Daniella Fergusson was conformed as a Commissioner appointment to the Vancouver City Planning Commission for a two year term ending December 31, 2018.

Daniella Fergusson is Principal at MODUS Planning, Design & Engagement. With over 10 years’ experience in community and stakeholder engagement, Daniella draws upon urban planning, design, and web development in her practice to help organizations become more participatory, transparent, and accountable through the strategic use of technology and organizational development.

As a renter, immigrant, and millennial, Daniella’s passion for urbanism is based in a desire to see more integrated, equitable, sustainable, and inclusive neighbourhoods.

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EVENT: Milestones 2016

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20
January
2017

A public forum on events that changed Vancouver

The Vancouver City Planning Commission is proud to present Milestones 2016, our second annual Year in Review public forum.

 
What were the defining planning and development decisions, actions and events of 2016 that could prove to be transformative in Vancouver’s evolution?
 

Please join us on January 30, 2017, for an engaging discussion with four of Vancouver’s leading urban thinkers and doers on the significant planning and development milestones of the past year. They will draw on a list brainstormed in advance, and on suggestions from the audience. The most significant changes will be added to our Chronology Timeline.

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2017 VCPC Executive

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09
January
2017

At it's January 4, 2017 meeting, the Vancovuer City Planning Commission selected Nola Kate Seymoar, Jennifer Marshall and Dave Crossley as their Executive Committee for 2017.

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New Commissioners: Janice Abbott & Leslie Shieh

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02
January
2017

On December 14, 2016, Vancouver City Council appointed two new members to the Vancouver City Planning Commission: Janice Abbott and Leslie Shieh.  

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