The Citizens’ Assembly on the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan will endeavour to represent the Grandview-Woodland community and develop a series of recommendations that will help guide the terms for neighbourhood change and growth over the next 30 years.
Learn, Listen and Recommend
The Assembly will learn from planning specialists and community representatives, it will listen to ideas and recommendations from the community, and it will develop its own recommendations for the new Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.
Between September 2014 and April 2015, Assembly members will meet on ten Saturdays between 9 am and 4 pm, and host three public roundtable meetings to share their work and hear from the community.
The Assembly will wrestle with a range of important neighbourhood issues, such as how the community plan should:
- Protect neighbourhood character
- Support affordable living options
- Foster local business and economic development
- Encourage useful and sustainable local transportation
- Foster vibrant and safe public spaces and facilities
- Determine what areas in the neighbourhood are appropriate for growth, and what form this growth should take
Assembly Recommendations and City Commitment
Specifically, the Citizens’ Assembly’s recommendations will include:
- 30-year vision describing the community’s aspirations for Grandview-Woodland.
- Community values to guide neighbourhood change and growth in Grandview-Woodland
- Recommendations for how the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan should address key community concerns and planning issues at a neighbourhood and sub-area scale. More specifically, these recommendations will help to resolve disagreements concerning the City’s June 2013 Emerging Directions draft proposal.
- Neighbourhood Planning Map that will identify areas within Grandview-Woodland for growth, indicate preferred land-uses, and outline high-level built form and building height directions.
The Assembly’s recommendations on community planning issues will be presented in a final report to Vancouver City Council no later than June 30, 2015. The City’s Terms of Reference for the Assembly (pdf) say the Assembly’s recommendations “will significantly inform the next iteration of the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.”
Read the Assembly’s official Terms of Reference (pdf).