Social Inequality in the City: Panel Discussion

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05
November
2015

Inequality has been rising for three decades in Canada. In Vancouver, the gap also continues to grow. Inequality is associated with decreasing health outcomes, poorer education levels, higher rates of mental illness, higher levels of incarceration and less social mobility. Minimum wage, social assistance rates and income levels generally, have not kept pace with the cost of living in cities. The number of people who are self-employed and underemployed has grown, while seniors' poverty has increased.  On November 2, 2015, a six-member panel discussed the impacts of social inequality in Vancouver and offered policy ideas for civic governments to consider. The event was a co-presentation of SFU's Vancity of Commuity Engagement and the Vancouver

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The Future of Our Downtown Waterfront

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01
June
2015

For background on the downtown waterfront, click here

The public is invited to take part in a conversation about the future of Vancouver's dowtown waterfront. Join SFU City Conversations and the Vancouver City Planning Commission on Thursday, June 4, 12:30 pm at the downtown SFU Harbour Centre campus for a lunch-time discussion with a distinguished panel:

Graham McGarva, principal of Via Architecture, which is working on designs for a tower at Granville and Cordova streets, and for developments over the CPR rail yard; Anita Molaro, Assistant Director of Planning and Steve Brown, Manager of Traffic and Data Management, at the City of Vancouver; and Frank Ducote, representing the citizen Downtown Waterfront Working Group.

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Voting YES: Transportation and Transit Plebiscite

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15
May
2015

The Vancouver City Planning Commission supports a YES vote in the plebiscite.

There are many good summaries online describing the transit and transportation improvements and benefits that will result from a YES vote.* Here are some that we think are really important:

Transit
A YES vote is a vote for all the people in Metro Vancouver who rely on transit for work, for health services, for shopping, for social connections, for entertainment. This segment of the population is growing as more people choose a life without a personal automobile. The proposed expansion of transit services will make transit a practical option for many more - the new transportation plan will put 7 out of 10 families in the region within a short walk of a frequent rapid transit line.

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What are the Planning and Development Milestones that have shaped Vancouver?

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15
January
2015

Check back for online publication of the chronology.

More than 20 students registered in the Winter 2015 UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) course on Vancouver’s History will collaborate on the production of a first edition of a chronology of milestones in Vancouver’s planning and development, looking at key themes such as planning policies, built form, land use, transportation, demographics, and politics and governance.

Under the direction of adjunct professor and former Commissioner Marta Farevaag, students will engage in research with primary and secondary sources and have the experience of working with external advisors with distinguished professional experience in their fields.

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Does Vancouver need a new city-wide plan?

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12
November
2014

Click here for video, slides and highlights of the event.

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:

McAfee Condon Whitelaw photo

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.

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Lecture: Vancouver in the 21st Century

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31
July
2014

On September 24, 2014 Commisisoner Andy Yan gave a lecture on Vancouver in the 21st Century, a co-presentation of SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and the Vancouver City Planning Commission:

As a total sum of its physical environment, institutions, and peoples, Vancouver is a child of the 20th Century and a deeper history of colonialism. Under its current boundaries, the City of Vancouver did not exist until 1928. Most of what residents and visitors regard as contemporary Vancouver was only developed after the Second World War.

Now, in the second decade of the 21st Century, this presentation looks at various aspects of life in Vancouver through the lens of social statistics and community cartographies. From real estate ownership to electoral participation to school enrollment, it looks at the social, economic, and political opportunities and challenges facing the City and its region as it moves from a British colonial transit point to a Pacific metropolis.

If ideas of “Vancouverism” framed City building in Vancouver between 1986 to the present, what might be some of the new ideas on urban life that will lead us into Vancouver’s second century?

Andy Yan is a senior urban planner with Bing Thom Architects and a researcher with BTAworks, the firm’s research and development division.

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Vancouver, 'Vancouverism' and 21st-Century Urbanism: Symposium

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30
April
2014

scarp symposium videos link to youtube

On April 15-16, 2014 the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) held a two-day symposium on Planning the Metropolitan Region: A Critical Perspective.

About 30 prominent urban thinkers, practitioners and policy-makers explored themes relating to the legacy of planning in Vancouver. They shared stories, reflections and critiques about the evolution of the City of Vancouver and the region in recent decades, and looked ahead to the future. The 35 videos of presentations and panel discussions can be found here.

The symposium launched the Vancouver, ‘Vancouverism,’ and 21st Century Urbanism project in which UBC SCARP faculty members will critically examine the legacy of planning in the metropolitan region and in the central city of Vancouver. The project will culminate in the publication of a book of essays.

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New Commissioners

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10
January
2014

Four new Commissioners have been appointed by Council: Brad Jones; Adera Development Corporation; Robert Matas, journalist; Clara Whyte, environmental economist; and Brandon Yan, Vancouver Foundation.

They fill the vacancies left by Commissioners Peter Greenwell, housing and homelessness consultant; R. J. Aquino, IT customer specialit; Louise Blight, environmental biologist; and Marian Brown, lawyer. Peter Greenwell retired from teh Commission after serving the maximum three consecutive terms, having served as chair for three consecutive years. The new Commissioners are appointed for two-year terms ending in December 2015.

 The Commission appointed Andy Yan, urban planner and research consultant with Bing Thom Architects one of its two Commission-appointed Commissioners, to serve until December 2014.

April 22, 2014 Update: Vancouver City Council appointed Julia Payson to fill the vacancy created by the early resignation of Clara Whyte.

 

   

Community Plans - Time Extensions Requested

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07
October
2013

The Commission made a statement to in support of Council’s direction to staff to review the schedule, progress and feedback relating to all four of the community plans underway in 2013 in order to identify options for possible additional steps, including revised timelines and budgets.

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Removing the Viaducts: A Grand Place-making Opportunity

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09
July
2013

Planning for a future without viaducts has entered the final stages with Council's decision on June 26, 2013, to proceed with the detailed work of refining the concept for the area, including the modifications to the street network and public consultations.

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