DIALOGUES: Regional Planning, New City-wide Plan and the Future of the City (2014)


Symposium: Planning the Metropolitan Region

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Commissioners participated in a symposium in April 2014 organized by the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) entitled Planning the Metropolitan Region. The symposium launched a critical examination of Vancouver, 'Vancouverism,' and 21st Century Urbanism that will culminate in a book of essays. The project combines a retrospective assessment of Vancouver's planning legacy with a look ahead to the city's future and will be a continuing source of valuable ideas for thinking about the city.

The Commission sponsored the videography of the presentations of about 30 prominent urban thinkers, professionals and policy-makers. The presenters shared stories, reflections and critiques about the evolution of the City of Vancouver and the region.

Overview and video presentations


Round Table: Vancouver's Planning Legacy and the Future

The Planning Commission hosted a round table with past commissioners in June to build on the dialogue initiated at the UBC SCARP symposium. The dialogue responded to the following questions:

  • Given changing demographics, climate change, and global economic forces, does the planning legacy of the past adequately prepare us for the future in 2100?
  • What from our legacy will serve us, and what must we yet do? 


Lecture and Panel: Vancouver in the 21st Century

This co-presentation with SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement included a lecture by Andy Yan, urban planner and VCPC Commissioner, which looked 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 looked 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?

The lecture was followed by a panel and audience discussion with Peter Ladner, Vanessa Timmer and Matt Hern, moderated by Frances Bula. 

Event description and link to video


SFU City Conversations: Does Vancouver need a City-wide Plan?


As CityPlan neared the end of its projected 20-year life, there was a lively discussion underway of what a new city-wide plan might mean for Vancouver and how it might be developed. The Planning Commission teamed up with SFU City Conversations to co-present a discussion on November 20, 2014 on the topic, “Does Vancouver need a city-wide plan?”

The presenters were Ann McAfee, Vancouver's former 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.

Documentation for the event including videos, transcripts, background and resources can be found here.