The new city-wide physical plan: City of Vancouver references
2008 June: The origins of this iteration of the concept could be said to have its roots in the EcoDensity process:
“An ‘Eco’ CityPlan: Staff be directed to report back to Council on a proposed work program and resource needs to develop a new city-wide plan, that builds on and respects CityPlan and the many Community Visions, rather than replacing them, to form an approved physical direction that will manage change and density across the city to meet the commitments of the EcoDensity Charter.”
EcoDensity Initial Actions (pages 11-12)
City of Vancouver website EcoDensity
2010 January: The idea of a new sustainability vision and framework was echoed in the report from the Greenest City Action Team, recommending that:
An integrated Greenest City Plan should use a systems approach to create an over-arching vision and structure that shows low carbon energy opportunities, viable sustainable transportation routes and nodes, potential for expanding green spaces, employment nodes, and appropriate housing density.
Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future: An action plan for becoming the world’s greenest city by 2020 (page 25)
City of Vancouver website Greenest City
2011 July: The idea for a city-wide received prominent mention in a Council report on the next set of community plans.
Staff anticipate reporting to Council in early 2012 with a proposed strategy for the preparation of a city-wide plan, including information on the recommended scope of work, timing, and resourcing. Staff would ensure that such a program is carefully coordinated with ongoing community planning initiatives, including the next community plans, and that all planning at different scales informs and aligns with each other. As noted above, as a first step towards this coordination staff will distil from existing Council-adopted policy documents (CityPlan, Greenest City, EcoDensity, etc.) a set of draft city-wide principles to guide the next community plans. It is anticipated that these principles would be considered and possibly enhanced as an early phase in the city-wide plan process.
Vancouver’s Next Community Plans, Report to Council, 2011 July 28 (page 11; more on pages 3, 4, 7, 11, 17)
City of Vancouver Council Meeting 2011 July 28 agenda, report, minutes, video
2011 September: The idea of introducing a city-wide land use plan to proceed in parallel with the work of the transportation plan update was presented as an opportunity to consider land use and transportation issues together.
Throughout the Transportation 2040 process to date, there has been a recognition from staff and many stakeholders of the important relationship between land use and transportation. Much of the success Vancouver has experienced with increased walking, cycling, and transit use is connected to the development of complete communities where homes, work, and the goods and services of daily life are in close proximity. As the Transportation 2040 work progresses, the Planning Department will present to Council for consideration a work program for a city-wide land-use planning effort in 2012. The city-wide planning process will move forward in collaboration with Transportation 2040 to enable the City and the public to address land use and transportation issues in tandem and to meet the Transportation 2040 objectives and targets.
Transportation 2040 Phase 1 Consultation Summary (page 12)
City of Vancouver Council Meeting 2011 September 21 agenda, report, minutes, video