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 future we need.
With your help, 10 Provisional Goals have been identified to guide the Vancouver Plan. These will be further developed and refined as we go forward in the planning process. While your perspectives and stories have signaled a different desired path than we are currently on, a lot of these Goals are not new. Decades of planning and policy have sought to achieve a more affordable, inclusive, sustainable and livable city aligned with these 10 Goals. Yet despite sustained effort, for the majority of us, our lives are getting worse (as identified in a survey of approximately 10,000 persons before a global pandemic). Increasing unaffordability, heightened inequities, and eroding trust in government are causing many of us to become anxious for future generations in Vancouver.
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.
Vancouver is fortunate to be located in a remarkable natural setting. This amazing place that has drawn diverse and creative people from around the globe is the unceded ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ / sel’íl’witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, and has been traditionally stewarded by them since time immemorial.
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 establish collaborative partnerships with each of the three host Nations to ensure we move forward together toward a city truly worthy of this amazing place.
Listen + Learn
Fall 2019 - September 2020*
*Note, short-term community recovery actions will be integrated into the work through January 2021
Envision the Future
October 2020 – May 2021
Develop Key Directions
June 2021 – November 2021
From Plan to Actions
January 2022 – May 2022
Move Forward Together
What will the Vancouver Plan do?
This Plan has always intended to shape the future of our City to 2050 and beyond. The scope has shifted to also help guide our community recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. While it will not be a detailed instruction book, the Plan will be a tool that helps prioritize future decisions and sets directions for the city we want to become.
It will guide how we grow, invest, govern, and work across boundaries to build a city where current and future generations can thrive.