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A need for change.

Vancouver is a beautiful, diverse and culturally-rich city. But how can we make it more livable and sustainable for the nearly 700,000 people who live here, and for future generations?

The Vancouver Plan will feature a single, city-wide plan to guide future growth in line with the key priorities the community has identified including:

  • Housing
  • Climate Action and Sustainability
  • Employment & Economy
  • Environment
  • Transportation
  • Social Well-Being
  • Community Amenities
  • Arts & Culture
  • Infrastructure

The Vancouver Plan will also aim to keep the qualities that make Vancouver special while responding to the challenges facing the city and its residents.

Three Big Ideas.

The Vancouver Plan will build on three Big Ideas that have emerged through community input, technical analysis and City Council direction.

Equitable housing and complete neighbourhoods

Ensuring more affordable housing options in every neighbourhood and developing walkable communities with easy access to daily needs such as food, services and transit.

An economy that works for all

Protecting lands that provide jobs and including more job space in our neighbourhoods to better support people’s livelihoods.

Climate protection and restored ecosystems

Taking bold action against climate change and making space for nature to thrive.

Three Areas of Change.

Listening and learning from robust community engagement, City staff have combined this knowledge with extensive urban planning research to identify three main types of areas to add growth opportunities throughout the city:

Rapid Transit Areas

These areas are typically within about a 10 minute walk of rapid transit stations that offer opportunities to add housing, retail shops, and jobs.

Neighbourhood Shopping Areas

Neighbourhood centres and key intersections to ensure more people live within an easy walk or roll of services and businesses that support their daily needs.

Residential Areas

These older, low density areas may have declining populations and fewer shops and services within walking distance of homes. Adding more housing options in these areas for more families would reinvigorate these areas, schools, and community centres.

How do we get there?

To ensure the Vancouver Plan (and our future city) is shaped by the voices and diversity of our population, we are gathering input from everyone who lives, works, or plays in Vancouver, with special attention to historically underrepresented groups.

What’s Next?

Thank you to everyone that shared their voice during Phase 3: Policy and Land Use Ideas. We are now reviewing all feedback and ideas in preparation for the final phase of engagement.

In 2022, the final phase of engagement will see us sharing and finalizing our draft Vancouver Plan. Based on the feedback and ideas generated from Phase 3, the draft plan will ensure the right tools and partnerships are in place to move us towards the future we desire. Before reporting to Council in the summer 2022, we’ll report back to you to confirm that we got it right.

When complete, the Vancouver Plan will guide growth and change for the entire city to 2050 and beyond. Help us guide how we move forward.

COVID-19 Recovery.

The pandemic has presented new challenges that will have profound impacts on our lives and further highlights existing inequities for marginalized communities. In response, we integrated short-term policy actions that respond to the immediate needs of our community to the Vancouver Plan process while continuing to work on a long-term strategy for our future. We will also focus on virtual and outdoor public engagements support the necessary public health measures and protect our communities.