Planning Vancouver Together
Together let's create a clear and actionable plan that addresses the needs of the present and ensures future generations can thrive.
Change is inevitable. How we change can be up to us.
Vancouver is a dynamic place, and over the years our city has seen dramatic and continual change. While we have much to be proud of, the benefits and impacts of this change have seldom been equally shared by all.
As our city continues to evolve, many forces will impact us beyond our control. Migration patterns, population growth, climate change and sea level rise are shifting the fabric of our city. Global, political, economic and technological changes are continually blurring our understanding of what the future might hold. Federal and Provincial government decisions to fund infrastructure, services and affordable housing in many ways dictate the city as we know it.
However, while we may not be able to control all of these factors, our choices, actions and local investments can significantly alter the shape and experience of our future city.
By Planning Vancouver Together we can collectively tackle some of our most pressing problems, and in doing so perhaps inspire others to drive positive change at a much larger scale.
Together let’s imagine a Vancouver where future generations are thriving.
What would it mean to reach everyone?
The goal of Planning Vancouver Together is to ensure that the process reflects the voices and diversity of our population.
We often receive thousands of responses in our typical consultations, but we know that there are many voices we do not hear from. We want to change this with Planning Vancouver Together, and involve as many voices as we can in shaping our future city.
In addition to reaching those who are experienced in engaging with the City, trying to reach everyone who lives, works or plays in Vancouver would mean reflecting all the voices of our diverse city.
This will mean reaching those who feel a lack of ownership in the process or their community because they are either new to the city, don’t own property, or are struggling to find shelter.
This will mean reaching those who have trouble engaging in English conversation, or feel that their cultural perspectives are not represented by decisions makers.
This will mean reaching those who are too busy trying to make ends meet or struggling with day-to-day needs to take part.
This will mean reaching our children and youth, who too often feel like they don’t have a say or input into conversations about their future.
Coordinating with other initiatives.
The Vancouver Plan will be developed in coordination with a number of other programs, including ongoing Housing Vancouver initiatives, the Broadway Plan, Jericho Lands Policy Statement, and the Climate Emergency Response among others.
These programs are the building blocks within the Vancouver Plan, and City staff will work collaboratively to ensure that what we hear as part of these processes informs the Vancouver Plan – and vice versa.
In the end, the creation of a new Vancouver Plan may identify new priorities that require us to update current policy. As this project concludes, those changes will be brought to Council. Until that time existing policies guiding our evolving city will remain in effect.
Let’s move forward together
With your help, talent and inspiration, we can intentionally create an actionable roadmap for our city’s future that is worthy of the people that make up this amazing place.
The journey will not always be easy, but no journey worth taking is. We can’t do this without you.