The City of Vancouver is charting a course for the future by creating a blueprint to inform municipal decision-making. The Vancouver Plan will shape the direction of the City to 2050 and beyond through the development of city-wide social, cultural, economic and environmental policies for the first time in almost a century.

Vancouver skyline, image by Forum contributor City Of Rain

Efforts to draft a comprehensive Vancouver Plan began with a November 14, 2018 City Council decision which directed staff to begin consultations with the public. Those consultations are now in full swing, with Mayor Stewart and municipal officials meeting with community groups and members of the public in what the City says will be a three-year, $18 million process.

The end result will provide new lenses for decision-makers to look through, applying guidelines to the entire city rather than the existing patchwork of neighbourhood-specific policies. Big-ticket issues like climate change and housing affordability are already becoming recurring themes as consultations begin.

Granville Island, image by Forum contributor City Of Rain

The city-wide plan will be the first in Vancouver since 1928. The initial round of consultations will continue until February 2020, when key issues will be identified and further discussed. The City has set up a three-to-five minute online survey to gather input, available here.

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