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Young Planners: Planning Vancouver Together

Welcome to the draft Vancouver Plan!

You’ve been waiting almost 2 years for this and it’s finally here: the draft Vancouver Plan! Based on two years of community engagement, include all of your feedback and ideas, we have a strategy for how our city will grow and change to 2050 and beyond. From our 2050 Vision of a Vancouver that lives in greater balance with our ecological systems with complete neighbourhoods that allow people of all ages, incomes abilities an backgrounds to thrive, to our Land Use Strategy that sets out how different types of neighbourhoods will change, the draft Plan focuses on all of the things that make up Vancouver!

But we aren’t done yet!

We want to know what you think about the draft Vancouver Plan and its Land Use Strategy and Key Policy Directions! We have a Youth Survey on the Draft Plan that will be open until April 27, so that you can share you voice! We’ve got some prizes to encourage participation and you could win a pair of Sony Wireless headphones, or a Visa Gift card just for telling us what you think!

Thank you Young Planners!!

For showing up at workshops and meetings, for joining us in the digital studio, talking about the plan in your classes and taking our Phase 3 survey! We had almost 800 engagement touchpoints with children and youth in Phase 3, where you told us how growth and change should happen in our three Areas of Change and how we can achieve our Three Big Ideas!

Our Phase 3 survey asked about priorities and your top five were:

  1. Add Affordable Rental Housing in neighbourhoods all across the city
  2. Protect the Environment and Natural Spaces
  3. Reduce Vancouver’s Carbon Footprint
  4. Create streets for people where it’s easy and safe to walk, bike and roll
  5. Add ‘Missing Middle’ housing (like duplexes, townhouses and low-rise apartments) in neighbourhoods all across the city

You shared that you were supportive of adding new types of housing to neighbourhoods (like mixed use apartments, townhouses, mid-rise apartments and duplexes) and support for creating more affordable housing by allowing for taller buildings across the city.

You want grocery stores, places to eat or drink, access to transit, new public spaces and the ability to safely walk or bike in your neighbourhoods. You also want us to protect sensitive ecosystems and natural spaces from development and you support the use of more environmentally friendly building materials!

You also told us that in our Rapid Transit Neighbourhoods, we should try a mix of both focused and spread out density as we look to how those areas should grow in the future, but for our Neighbourhood Shopping Areas we should pursue focused density!

See the Phase 3 Child and Youth Engagement Report for the complete record of the feedback we received from Children and Youth in Phase 3!


Young Planners Design Studio!

We want to thank the over 30 Young Planners who joined us in the Design Studio in Phase 3! We had three groups take one on of our Three Areas of Change and imagine how each one could support the Three Big Ideas! The session was again led by youth facilitators and supported by a team of architects and urban designers. A huge thanks to everyone who made this possible and check out the great designs produced at the event!

Phase 3 Youth Workshops!

We also want to thank the 248 children and youth who joined us at a Phase 3 workshop! Working in partnership with Community Centres and Neighbourhood houses, we put on 13 sessions where children and youth were able to tell us how they wanted our three Areas of Change to grow in the future, do a group design activity, pick up an “Official Urban Design Sketchbook” and even complete the Youth Survey! We can’t wait to get back to these organizations and groups with the Draft Plan in Phase 4.  Check out some images and designs from the sessions!

Vancouver Plan Education Portal

Even though the survey is no longer active, you can still learn about the Vancouver Plan, and urban planning through our Module 1 videos and activities! We hope you’ll continue to use these resources to learn more about this place we all call home.

Phase 3 – Emerging Directions Survey!

Our Phase 3 survey is now closed! 276 young planners told us what they thought about our three Areas of Change and our Three Big Ideas! We’ll be back for another survey about the Draft Plan, but check out the Phase 3 Child and Youth Engagement Report to see the results from Phase 3!

We want to hear from you!

How do we reach our goals? What are your ideas for the future? What does the city really need to know about growing up in Vancouver?

Share your ideas however you want. Show us your drawings, collages, photos, videos, you name it! You can build a sculpture, record a podcast – we’ll even watch your Tik Toks!

Wherever your imagination takes you, we want to see it! Please share at:

Feeling social? Share your ideas on your channel of choice using hashtag: #YoungPlannersVancouver 

Everything you see is the result of choices made by someone

Have you ever wondered why things in your city are where they are? The sidewalks, the parks, the streets, the buildings – the simple answer is that everything you see in your city is the result of choices made by someone. Too often, those decisions are made without hearing from people like you, the city’s youth. Join us in Planning Vancouver Together and help define the kind of city we want in the future.


Decisions made today will have big impacts in the future.

Things like where to build new housing , where new parks or playgrounds will go, or how we will adapt to sea level rise and protect the environment – all these decisions will have big impacts on how our city evolves for future generations. This is where we need you, our Young Planners, to help us guide the right choices for a future city where we can all thrive.

Resources and Activities

We know you take being a young planner seriously, so we’ve got some activities and resources to help you learn even more about the city: you can build a model of your favourite building, create your own Vancouver mural and find some great books and movies about cities:

Curriculum Connection

Whether you’re just starting Grade 1 or have recently graduated and ready to take on the world, here are some assignments to connect everything you learned in school to the Vancouver Plan, making you an even better Young Planner!

Vancouver Planning 101

You might have noticed that planners often use funny terms, like “zoning” or “mixed-use” or “transportation modes”. Here we’re going to talk about some terms that planners use so that you, as young planners, can understand and help us as we keep moving forward with the Vancouver Plan.

Just for fun

Planning doesn’t have to be all work and no play!! There are tons of fun things to do that can also help you learn about cities or just get out and experience them! Some of these activities are from the city and our partners, while some are resources from other communities. Now let the fun begin!