In late 2011, after reviewing published material about the proposed city-wide physical plan and following a briefing meeting with planning staff, the Commission invited a number of the city’s leading urbanists to apply their knowledge and experience of working with Vancouver’s existing land use and development plans, policies and processes and provide some early reflections. Their backgrounds include transportation, public realm, landscape, buildings, and a range of urban design, planning and development experience.

The Commission appreciates the willingness of our contributors to share their thoughts on this complex topic when the idea is still emergent, and to raise many of the important questions and issues that will form part of future discussion of this complex topic.

Contributors were asked for submissions of 700-900 words on a perspective or focus of their choice. The list of contributors appears below in alphabetical order, with links to their commentaries. Bios can be found at the conclusion of the author’s commentary. An introductory statement from the Planning Department appears here.


Lorraine Copas. Executive Director, Social Planning and Research Council of BC
Building on the Foundation, Looking to the Future

Marta Farevaag. Partner, Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg (urban design, landscape architecture)
Value of a Physical Plan

Jeff Fisher. Deputy Executive Director and Senior Policy Advisor, Urban Development Institute
A Changing Vancouver – More Homes for More People, More Spaces for Jobs

Penny Gurstein. Director, UBC School of Community and Regional Planning and of the Centre for Human Settlements
City-wide Land Use and Physical Plan – A Commentary and Questions

Peter Joyce. President, Bunt & Associates (transportation planning, engineering)
Transportation Commentary

Linus Lam. Founder, Edison & Sprinkles
My Commentary as a Designer

Robert Lemon. Principal, Robert Lemon Architect, Inc. (heritage conservation)
Colouring within the lines

Dale McClanaghan. Consultant, McClanaghan & Associates (housing, real estate, public policy)
Vancouver Housing Affordability: Choosing Our Destiny/Density or Accepting our Fate?

Gary Pooni. President, Brook Pooni Associates Inc. (development planning)
Unprecedented community growth and change

Gordon Price. Director, SFU City Program
Some cold-water considerations

Andrew Ramlo. Director, Urban Futures Institute Society
Unprecedented Demographic Change

Bob Wilds. Managing Director, Greater Vancouver Gateway Council
Industrial and Economic Vitality

Jay Wollenberg. President, Coriolis Consulting Corp. (real estate, land use)
A City-wide Plan for Vancouver?