Chronology of Planning and Development

Milestones in Vancouver’s Planning and Development History: A Chronology

What are the significant planning and development decisions, actions and events that have shaped Vancouver?

The Vancouver City Planning Commission has a mandate to advise Council on the future of the city. To inform our perspective, we seek to ground our future-oriented work in an understanding of the legacy of the past. The background material for the Commission’s dialogues and other special events often includes a list of significant events in the history of planning and development of the city.

To help inform our discussions, the Vancouver City Planning Commission  is working with community partners and advisors to compile a current list of planning and development milestones from early settlement by First Nations to the present. Although there are many excellent histories of Vancouver, and numerous useful thematic chronologies, we did not have a resource that provided a comprehensive chronology of milestones in the city’s planning and development.

The result is an online timeline providing snapshots of significant events, including City Council decisions, major real estate developments, federal housing investments, regional plans, new transportation technologies, social policy innovations, and environmental restoration. These milestones from the past inform our discussions about the city’s future.

You can read more about this project on the Chronology website’s About page.

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