Neighbourhood Mapping Project
The Vancouver City Planning Commission conducted a pilot project in partnership with Smart Growth BC to explore a new approach to citizen engagement and community asset mapping. The two case study neighbourhoods selected were 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 within the venue of a neighbourhood festival. Residents were engaged in face-to-face dialogues about what they value in their neighbourhoods, and ideas for what could be improved and how that could happen.
The outcomes of the pilot project included information about residents’ reflections about their neighbourhood assets and amenities, and reflections on methods of engaging residents in meaningful dialogue about their neighbourhoods. The implementation of the project was supported by a website that provided information and included an interactive mapping tool for residents to use in locating the amenities that they most valued. Information from the website has been incorporated here, along with
examples of communication materials.
YouMap Vancouver Reports
The project has been documented in a detailed report :
YouMap Vancouver Online Mapping Tool
The online mapping tool was developed specifically for the YouMapVancouver project, building on existing technology. The tool was accessible through links at the YouMap website during the pilot project.
Images from the mapping website are provided below:
YouMap Vancouver Website
A website was created to support the YouMAP Vancouver project. Images of the key pages are reproduced below.
YouMAP Festival Photos
In October 2008, the VCPC, in partnership with Smart Growth BC, launched YouMAP Vancouver, a unique community engagement event. There were a total of four YouMAP Vancouver community festivals hosted in co-hosted a series of community festivals in Grandview Woodland and Douglas Park. Here is a slide show of images from one of the YouMAP festivals in Douglas Park: