What if, together, we could ensure a Vancouver where future generations thrive?
Over the next two years we are asking for your help in creating the Vancouver we want and need. Together, let’s create a new Vancouver Plan, one that puts you at the heart of our priorities for the present and future.
Join us in Planning Vancouver Together.
The future we want. The change we need.
Through two phases of public engagement, we listened to feedback from the diversity of our population, with special attention on historically underrepresented groups.
For Phase 2, Developing Emerging Directions, we engaged with over 10,000 community members and involved over 90 community organizations to gather ideas on how we can achieve the Provisional Goals and develop ideas for the Future We Want.
This involved dialogues with community leaders and connecting with underrepresented and equity-denied communities such as youth, urban Indigenous peoples, people of colour, low-income seniors, single parent families, residents of SROs, those living in poverty and recent immigrants.
A long history of innovation in community building.
Despite the aforementioned challenges, we are fortunate to be a city with a long history of creativity and grass-roots innovation. While other cities adopted similar solutions to the challenges of urban life in the past, those who call Vancouver home have stood up to prevailing norms to demand a better way forward. These solutions, rooted in community values, have often run counter to the status quo and displayed leadership in creative city-building. Whether it was fighting back neighbourhood destroying freeways, finding new forms for urban living, or creating unmatched shared amenities and open space, Vancouver has a proud history of city-building initiated by the community.
Solutions for today’s challenges.
The solutions of yesterday are proving unable to address the challenges of today (Learn more). In fact, often the unintended consequences of past solutions have negatively impacted those not directly benefiting from the change. While recent community plans and city-wide policies have enabled significant growth and redevelopment, not enough of the new housing produced is affordable to the majority of residents based on incomes. At the same time, we are seeing the greatest amount of redevelopment occurring in low density residential areas, often replacing older single family homes with new, relatively expensive homes, often with secondary suites and laneway homes. But it is not just housing weighing on our minds. We are also facing a number of global shifts that are altering our day-to-day lives and adding to our anxiety and unease. A global climate emergency is demanding action in how we live and organize ourselves.
It has become clear that current approaches aren’t serving all of our communities. Small tweaks to how we plan and make decisions will not get us where we need to go. So the question is, what changes do we need to make? How do we re-set the course we are on to ensure that future generations in Vancouver truly can thrive? What assumptions in how we organize ourselves, utilize our public resources, do we need to question as a city? What “made in Vancouver” solutions can we arrive at and adopt to provide a light for others with similar struggles around the globe?
Help define the change we need. Join the conversation on unlocking the Future We Want.
Acknowledging the unceded homeland of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
This place is the unceded and ancestral homelands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations (MST), and has been traditionally stewarded by them since time immemorial. These lands continue to be occupied by settlers and Indigenous peoples face ongoing dispossession and colonial violence. Despite systematic and institutional efforts to eradicate their communities and cultures, the resilience, strength, and wisdom of MST have allowed them to revitalize their languages and cultures, and exercise sovereignty over their lands.
Recognizing the lives, cultures, languages, and peoples of this land, the process of Planning Vancouver Together seeks to build on our commitment as a City of Reconciliation. Through the Vancouver Plan, we hope to strengthen reciprocal relationships with each of the three host Nations to ensure we move forward together toward a city truly worthy of this amazing place. Settler Vancouver residents have a responsibility to the host Nations and the Indigenous peoples that have stewarded these lands to tangible actions and a commitment to reconciliation through decolonization.
Listen and Learn + Recovery
Fall 2019 - September 2020*
*Note, short-term community recovery actions will be integrated into the work through January 2021
Developing Emerging Directions
October 2020 – July 2021
Draft Policy Options and Trade-offs
August 2021 – October 2021
Revising and Final Plan
November 2021 – June 2022
Implementation: Move Forward Together
What will the Vancouver Plan do?
Once developed, the Vancouver Plan will guide growth and change of our communities into the future.
The plan will include a future land use map along with key supporting policies such as housing, transportation, employment and economy, environmental sustainability, community amenities, infrastructure and other elements of sustainable communities.