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Young Planners: Planning Vancouver Together

Calling all Young Planners: Have Your Say!

In Phase 1 you told us what you love about Vancouver  (our natural environment, and parks and public spaces), the things that need improvement (how we move around) and what your most important issues are for the future (housing affordability and homelessness, and impacts of climate change).  In Phase 2 over 1,000 of you told us your ideas for the future and how Vancouver can become more equitable, address rising unaffordability, climate change and protect our environment.

We got a lot of ideas, that ranged from things focused on a single lot to ideas for the whole city! From all of that input and all the planning research we’ve done, Three Big Ideas have emerged that will be key parts of the Vancouver Plan:

Equitable Housing and Complete Neighbourhoods, An Economy That Works For All and Climate Protection & Complete Ecosystems.

Now that we’ve got these big ideas, we need to make some choices about how we can make them happen! And we need your help again!

This Phase will be a bit different from the first two: Since the Vancouver Plan is going to shape where and how the city will grow, we need to make some decisions about how this growth can support the Three Big Ideas. Like should we keep new housing away from sensitive shorelines or ecosystems? Or should we add new housing around neighbourhood assets like schools, or parks or community centres? We have a lot of these choices that we need to make and we want to hear from you!

We’ve got a lot of ways for you to have you say: an Education Portal with activities you might do in-class, a child-friendly survey (or you can try taking our main TalkVancouver survey!), youth workshops and an in-person open house!

Young Planners Design Studio!

We’re going back into the digital studio for a final session where you’ll get the chance to design the future of Vancouver and tell the city how we could achieve our Three Big Ideas and create the city you want for the future! We’ve got more sketchbooks and more honoraria to support everyone getting a chance to come out, work together and have their say!

Join us Wednesday, November 24, 2021 from 7:00 – 8:30 (see details at the link below!)

New: Vancouver Plan Education Portal

We’ve launched a new Education Portal to help you get involved with Phase 3 of the Vancouver Plan! Videos and optional activities will get you ready to have your say about the choices we need to make for the future of Vancouver!

Phase 3 – Emerging Directions Survey!

We’re got another survey for Phase 3:  this time we hope you’ll join our older planners and take the main survey through TalkVancouver, but if that one is too long, we’ve got a shorter survey for our elementary school planners!

Planners to the People: Phase 3 Youth Workshop

We want to meet with you!! We’ve designed a workshop to talk about the choices and tradeoffs we need to make for the future. We can meet virtually or in-person to your class, to a group or organization you are part of, or we can even meet one-on-one!

Email or call 604-786-2078 to book a time!

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!