The West End Community Plan provides a clear and flexible framework to implement positive change and sustainable development.
The West End area of Vancouver is a livable neighbourhood that is home to a unique mix of people and places. It is a community that features a range of housing, land use, heritage buildings, transportation options and amenities. A growing population, ageing public facilities, an evolving economy and a changing climate provided the impetus for Vancouver City Council to engage with the community and business groups to develop the West End Community Plan.
The West End community planning process took place over 20 months, starting in April 2012, and was completed in four phases. There were a wide range of opportunities for individuals and organizations to become involved, share ideas, and provide feedback throughout the process.
The West End Community Plan was adopted by Vancouver City Council in November 2013. The policy framework in the plan provides clarity on the appropriate character, scale and land uses, identifies areas for growth, revitalisation and change, and identifies a strategy for providing new amenities and renewing or expanding existing public facilities. The policy directions in the plan will be realized through a variety of approaches, initiatives, tools and partnerships with community and business groups.
This project was shortlisted for the 'Guangzhou Award' in 2014 in the following category: Deserving initiative. Learn more about the award.
Background and objectives
The West End is a vibrant, diverse, walkable and densely populated community surrounded by parks and beaches as well as Vancouver's downtown and Central business district. Approximately 45,000 residents, 23,000 workers and 1,600 businesses make up the population.
- Achieve a green, environmentally sustainable urban pattern
- Support a range of affordable housing options to meet the diverse needs of the community
- Foster a robust, resilient economy
- Enhance culture, heritage and creativity in the city
- Provide and support a range of sustainable transportation options
- Protect and enhance public open spaces, parks and green linkages
- Foster resilient, sustainable, safe and healthy communities
The City of Vancouver is the lead agency for the West End Community Plan and will provide the majority of funding as the project rolls out over the next three decades. Implementation will be guided by the Public Benefits Strategy. Targets have been identified for social housing, rental housing, facility renewal and expansion, public spaces, sustainability measures, utilities and heritage and culture priorities. The targets and associated metrics allow monitoring of implementation, tracking overall progress and will recommend adjustments if targets are not met.
- West End residents
- Government agencies
- Business improvement associations
- Private developers
- Social housing operators
- Public and private service providers
- Local businesses
- Arts and culture organisation
- Heritage organisations
Financing and resources
As the lead agency, the City of Vancouver has committed to estimated funds of $CAN585 - $CAN630 million over three decades along with a fully costed and defined public benefits strategy providing direction for expenditure. Moving forward, additional financial contributions will be sourced from other government agencies and business groups.