Commission Work

The Vancouver City Planning Commission’s interest in the proposed city-wide physical plan builds on a long history of involvement in both city-wide and local planning in Vancouver.

In 1926, The Vancouver Town Planning Commission selected Harland Bartholomew and Associates to develop the first master plan (now digitized) for the young and growing city. The Commission continued to play a part at key stages in the City’s development, including the development of the 1980 Goals for Vancouver that formed the foundation for planning for downtown and for the CityPlan process.

In 2009, the Commission explored the existing web of city-wide sustainability policies. The process led to an examination of the relationship between city-wide initiatives and neighbourhood needs in achieving urban sustainability goals, and led to the Sustainable City of Sustainable Neighbourhoods initiative.

In 2011, when a new city-wide physical plan [LINK] was proposed to Council by Planning Director Brent Toderian, the Commission invited some of our leading urban thinkers to offer early thoughts on the idea. Their comments were posted on this website, along with a statement from the Planning Department and background information gathered by the Commission.

In 2013, the Commission submitted a statement pdf icon to Council at the public hearing on the Vancouver’s Regional Context Statement, which noted the patchwork character of policies that have been developed of a lengthy time span and noted that some recent policies go beyond the goals established in CityPlan. The Commission encouraged “the exploration of an updated city-wide planning framework, one that is accessible and transparent, retaining the best of our existing policies while exploring new ideas and best practices in other cities.”

In 2014, the Commission teamed up with SFU City Conversations to co-present a discussion on: “Does Vancouver need a city-wide plan?” with panellists 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.