Frequently Asked Questions
1) What is the Vancouver Plan?
The Vancouver Plan will be a strategic plan that will guide growth and change for the entire city to 2050 and beyond.
The Vancouver Plan will feature a city-wide land use plan and include supporting policy directions, to guide growth in line with the key priorities the community has identified:
• Employment and economy
• Climate change, environment sustainability
• Community amenities
• Other elements of sustainable communities
2) Why do we need a city-wide plan?
Vancouver is at the centre of a dynamic and prosperous region that is anticipated to grow by 1 million people and 500,000 jobs by 2050. Through three phases of public engagement, we heard clearly that people want a city that is inclusive, diverse and works for everyone, and that the status quo of City policies would not deliver the desired future.
Currently, the City uses various community plans, development plans, and other policy documents to guide growth and development. We need a single, unified city-wide plan to help guide our daily decisions and polices in the direction we desire. This is our opportunity to shape bold solutions and create a city where current and future generations can thrive.
3) How are you ensuring everyone can take part in creating the plan?
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, through four phases of public engagement.
In addition to community-wide engagement, a core focus of engagement includes working with 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, recent immigrants and others. This includes the design and delivery of some customized activities, as well as ensuring additional supports are available to lower barriers to participation at all events.
Key information about the Vancouver Plan, including engagement and planning materials, are being translated into five languages that are commonly used in Vancouver (Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Punjabi, Tagalog, and Vietnamese). We are also working with organizations to provide language support where needed, including the use of interpreters and support for people with visual or audio impairments.
4) How can I get involved?
From April 5 to April 27 we presented the draft Vancouver Plan for public feedback through an online survey available in eight languages. Thank you to everyone who took time to provide input.
We are now summarizing the results and we will report back the findings in May.
Your feedback will be shared with City Council as part of their decision on the Vancouver Plan in June 2022, with more detailed input to be considered as part of the Plan’s future implementation.
The third phase of public engagement ran from October 25 through November 25, 2021. We heard from you about where and how we should prioritize growth to create a more livable, affordable and sustainable city over the next 30 years.
5) What kind of COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place during the engagement activities?
To keep our community and staff safe, we are focusing mostly on virtual and outdoor engagement activities. Staff and attendees of the outdoor pop-ups will be required to adhere to the public health orders that the Provincial Health Officer has in place at the time.
6) How is the Vancouver Plan different from other City of Vancouver planning initiatives?
We recognize that there are multiple important city planning programs happening at any given time. The Vancouver Plan is being developed in coordination with a number of programs that are currently underway or have just been completed, and will help unify and prioritize future directions for the city we want to become. These include the Broadway planning, Jericho Lands Policy Statement, Equity Framework, Climate Emergency Response, and implementing the Housing Vancouver Strategy and existing community plans as well as city-wide strategies and policy. City staff are working collaboratively to ensure that input we receive from all planning programs informs the Vancouver plan – and vice versa.
7) How will the Vancouver Plan integrate with regional planning initiatives?
This is an important time for long-term planning in our region and Vancouver Plan will also strategically align with a number of current regional planning initiatives, including Transport 2050 and the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy Update, Metro 2050. For example, the region’s draft long-range plans have informed the proposed “Rapid Transit Areas” that we will present in the draft Vancouver Plan.