Planning Vancouver Together: Complete, Connected Neighbourhoods

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Illustration of people walking, cycling, rolling and playing in front of neighbourhood buildings, including a school, shops and housing.

We’re reaching out to all those who live, work and play in Vancouver to help shape ‘Complete Neighbourhoods’: a strong network of unique, connected places across the city.

A Complete Neighbourhood has all of your essential needs within close proximity to one another, and supports the needs of all residents in a community, regardless of income, culture, background or abilities. Think: diverse housing options, a mix of shops and services, alongside childcare facilities, libraries, galleries and recreation centres – linked by lively pathways, parks and plazas.

Creating “Complete, Connected, and Culturally Vibrant Neighbourhoods” is a key goal of the City’s strategic Vancouver Plan.

Planning for complete neighbourhoods is an opportunity to strengthen all areas of the city – for the benefit of everyone. Join the discussion by participating in a dialogue session, taking a self-guided walking tour, or attending one of our upcoming online workshops and make your mark on creating long-lasting change in your community, and beyond.

We’re reaching out to all those who live, work and play in Vancouver to help shape ‘Complete Neighbourhoods’: a strong network of unique, connected places across the city.

A Complete Neighbourhood has all of your essential needs within close proximity to one another, and supports the needs of all residents in a community, regardless of income, culture, background or abilities. Think: diverse housing options, a mix of shops and services, alongside childcare facilities, libraries, galleries and recreation centres – linked by lively pathways, parks and plazas.

Creating “Complete, Connected, and Culturally Vibrant Neighbourhoods” is a key goal of the City’s strategic Vancouver Plan.

Planning for complete neighbourhoods is an opportunity to strengthen all areas of the city – for the benefit of everyone. Join the discussion by participating in a dialogue session, taking a self-guided walking tour, or attending one of our upcoming online workshops and make your mark on creating long-lasting change in your community, and beyond.

  • Sketching the Future: Complete Neighbourhood Design Workshops

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    Close your eyes and imagine the future…what would a typical day be like in a complete neighbourhood? How would it look and feel? What would it mean to have more housing, shops and public spaces close by? What sorts of things would make for better neighbourly connections? What sorts of connections to the city at large would you like to see?

    Join us at one of our Sketching the Future workshops and have your ideas for Complete Neighbourhoods come to life! Participants at these sessions will work in small groups with a skilled illustrator to sketch out possibilities for future complete neighbourhoods – rendering ideas into images and working collaboratively to map out key opportunities for change.

    The workshops will focus on the opportunities for positive change and transformation to support more affordable, diverse and sustainable neighbourhoods across the city. The conversation will be about general opportunities in low density neighbourhoods to make these areas more complete. No design experience necessary.

    Register for one of our six sessions, below:


    Workshops are 120 minutes and will be broadcast using Cisco Webex.

    ACCESSIBILITY NOTE: Workshops for ASL users and sessions in other languages will be scheduled shortly. For further information on these events, please email neighbourhoods@vancouver.ca.

    BONUS: All Sketching the Future participants will be entered in a random draw for the chance to win one of three $150 Support Local BC gift cards.

  • Understanding Priorities: Complete Neighbourhoods Survey

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    How can we make Vancouver’s neighbourhoods more complete, connected and culturally vibrant for everyone? To answer this question, we need to understand your priorities. Our Complete Neighbourhoods survey invites you to look to the future and envision the neighbourhood you would like to live in. What would you want to see included? A greater diversity of housing? More shops and services? Different types of public space? The ability to walk to everything you need, and leave the car at home?

    As we plan for the future, we’re looking for your input on what changes can be made across the city to support a network of complete, connected neighbourhoods. Have your say via our new survey. There’s a short questionnaire if you only have 5 minutes, and a longer one if you’re willing to spend a bit more time.

    ACCESSIBILITY NOTE: Translated versions of the survey will be available in Chinese, Punjabi, Vietnamese, Tagolog and Spanish. For further information, please email neighbourhoods@vancouver.ca.

    BONUS: Participants who complete the longer Understanding Priorities survey will be entered in a random draw. Three $150 Support Local BC gift cards are available to be won.

  • Back by Popular Demand: My City My Neighbourhood Mapping Workshops

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    In March, we held a series of online mapping workshops that allowed participants to create a digital map of places they use and love: favourite shops and cafes, cultural centres, parks, and any other important spots. The sessions further invited people to explore the idea of neighbourhood boundaries, identity, connections, and emotional landscape.

    Dates for a second round of workshops have just been scheduled:

    • Monday, April 19 @ 6pm* - REGISTER
    • Tuesday, April 20 @ 6pm* - RESCHEDULED (DATE TBD)
    • Wednesday, April 28 @ 2pm* - REGISTER
    • Saturday, May 1 @ 10am - REGISTER


    Register for a session today and pinpoint the things that make your part of Vancouver unique, and shape your experience of living there.

    Participants will work individually in these workshops, with the support of the facilitator. Workshops are about 90-120 minutes and feature a series of guided mapping exercises using the City’s Shape Your City platform. The event will be broadcast using Cisco Webex. Registration for both Shape Your City and Webex are free.

    *ASL will be available for sessions on April 19th, April 20th, and April 28th with the May 1st session to be determined.

    ACCESSIBILITY NOTE: Workshops in other languages will be scheduled shortly. For further information on these events, please email neighbourhoods@vancouver.ca.

    BONUS: All participants in our My City My Neighbourhood mapping workshops will be entered in a random draw. Three $150 Support Local BC gift cards are available to be won!

  • My City, My Neighbourhood: Participatory Mapping Workshops (Online) - Round 1 - Complete!

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    A BIG thank you to all the participants who joined us at one of our recent My City My Neighbourhood mapping workshops. Six sessions were held between March 10 and March 22. Participants at the events each worked to create a digital map of places they use and love: favourite shops and cafes, cultural centres, parks, and other spots that are important. In addition to mapping out daily and weekly needs across the city, attendees had a chance to share input on their neighbourhoods, pinpointing the things that make their respective parts of Vancouver unique, and the features that help to shape the experience of living there.

    Results from these and other aspects of the Complete Neighbourhoods spring engagement will be available in a few weeks. Stay tuned!

  • Complete Neighbourhoods – three key concepts

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    1. A complete neighbourhood has all of your essential needs within close proximity to one another, and supports the needs of all residents in a community, regardless of income, culture, background or abilities. Think: diverse housing options, a mix of shops and services, alongside childcare facilities, libraries, galleries and recreation centres – linked by lively pathways, parks and plazas.
    2. A complete neighbourhood supports the well-being, needs and dignity of people of all ages, identities, backgrounds and abilities. It is about strengthening social connections and networks, while also creating better opportunities for everyone to thrive, and lead better lives. A complete neighbourhood is a place of neighbours - friends, family, workers… long time residents and the new folks that just moved in down the street.
    3. A city of complete neighbourhoods offers safe connections, convenient walking, rolling and biking routes, and easy transit access to key destinations – whether it’s work, school, healthcare, a wander along on the seawall, or a night out on the town. It’s about the city as a mosaic of connected, unique places.


  • Complete Neighbourhoods – a mix of elements

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    So what exactly is a “Complete Neighbourhood”? We use the term to refer to a neighbourhood where you will find:

    • A variety of livable, dignified housing options – including homes of varying sizes to serve the needs of individuals, families and households large and small; non-ownership options to support the needs of renters, owners, co-op and co-housing members; and a variety of types of buildings – such as apartments, duplexes, and townhouses.
    • Shops and services – ensuring grocery stores, coffee shops and corner stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and other things that enable people to access their daily and weekly needs. It also means enabling more accessible goods and services for the city’s diverse communities.
    • Social, cultural and recreational amenities – providing key services, such as schools, childcare and playgrounds, health services, seniors programs, settlement services, neighbourhood houses and community gardens. It also includes cultural venues and public art. The needs of each neighbourhood will vary, but the need to ensuring that residents are looked after fairly and equitably does not.
    • Public spaces – including parks, plazas, and other gathering areas that will safely support the needs and comfort of the city’s full diversity of residents. This means trees and natural areas, seating, bathrooms and water fountains, diverse programs, individual and community activities – from picnics to quiet walks, from hopscotch to pickle ball, patios, cultural activities, and community markets.
    • Safe, direct and convenient connections – including pathways and sidewalks, greenways and bike routes and easy access to reliable public transit. It means making sure travel to and through our neighbourhoods prioritizes walking, rolling and biking – and is comfortable and enjoyable for all ages, identities, backgrounds and abilities.

    It is clear that some neighbourhoods are more complete than others. Some areas of the city are well-served by connections, while others are not. Some have different types of housing, but no stores close by. Other areas have a decent mix of stores, but don’t provide a good mix of housing, sufficient community services or public spaces. Still other areas have limited housing options, limited shops, and limited services.

    Planning for complete neighbourhoods is an opportunity to strengthen all areas of the city – for the benefit of everyone.