The City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel (UDP) advises City Council and staff about development proposals or policies, including major development applications, rezoning applications, and other projects of public interest. As well, the panel helps the Planning Department and City Council create urban design policy, including the design and interrelationship of all physical components of the City.
The panel reviews all civic building projects, including bridges, roads, parks, beautification projects, transit systems, civic buildings, and design competitions. The UDP does not approve or refuse projects or make policy decisions.
Planning Commission Role
The by-law governing the Urban Design Panel requires that one of the 13 members be a representative of the Vancouver City Planning Commission. The Commission invites its own members to express interest in the position and the selection is made by vote. As there is a significant time commitment, the Commission representative to the Urban Design Panel is usually excused from active participation in Commission initiatives and projects.
The Commission’s representative brings a broad urban planning and urban review perspective to the Panel, generally based on relevant City guidelines, plans and policies, as these represent community values and were often adopted following public consultation. New concerns and issues, as raised in VCPC discussions, are also communicated at the UDP by the Commission representative.
Planning Commission Representatives to the Urban Design Panel