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.

  • We need your help to shape the Vancouver Plan – a long-term strategy that will set out a framework for growth and change across the city. As part of the work to date, 10 provisional goals have been developed to guide the planning process – including a goal to create complete, connected, and culturally vibrant neighbourhoods.

    Complete Neighbourhoods are defined as being “more walkable, accessible, and complete and connected … to ensure that every resident can meet their daily and weekly needs without relying on a private automobile.” 

    The definition also notes that complete neighbourhoods “will need to include a range of housing options that suit a variety of needs, as well as a mix of shops and services, public spaces, places of employment, social and cultural amenities, to support social cohesion, cultural vitality and community well-being. Complete neighbourhoods will also need safe, comfortable connections that support walking, biking, and public transit.”

    This is a good starting point, but we need your help to explore the idea further.

    Every neighbourhood is unique, but all can be more affordable, livable, and resilient. This questionnaire provides a chance for you to share your thoughts on what the idea of a complete neighbourhood means to you…  and your take on how Vancouver’s neighbourhoods can evolve so they better meet the needs of all residents, regardless of their income, age, identity, or life circumstances.

    As we think about the future of our neighbourhoods, this is a chance for you to share your perspectives on things like:

    • Housing 
    • Shops & Services
    • Open Space (Parks, Plazas & more)
    • Mobility & Connections
    • Social & Community services
    • Cultural Amenities
    • Landscape Features
    • Sense of community
    • Neighbourhood identity 


    Your feedback will help to inform the creation of the Vancouver Plan – and be used to develop a long-term framework to manage growth and change over the next few decades. The survey will close on Sunday, May 16, 2021.


    INSTRUCTIONS

    The survey invites you to think of the future, and imagine the sort of ‘complete neighbourhood’ you might like to live in. There are two main types of questions:

    • Questions that allow you to indicate your level of AGREEMENT or DISAGREEMENT with a statement about this future neighbourhood;
    • Questions that allow you to RANK the relative importance of different features of the neighbourhood – based on your sense of priorities.


    5 MINUTES – OR 15? AND A CHANCE TO WIN A PRIZE!

    There are two options for the survey: a short version with five questions, and a longer version that goes into a bit detail about different aspects of complete neighbourhoods. 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.

    KEY TERM: “WALKING & ROLLING”

    Many of the questions invite you to think about the type of neighbourhood features you would like to see located within an “easy walk or roll.” This term refers to walking OR the use of a mobility aid like a wheelchair or scooter.

    PRIVACY

    Information gathered through this survey will be used to support research and policy development work associated with the Vancouver Plan. Survey results will be published in aggregate, and no individual responses will be made public. A summary of the survey will be shared in late spring/early summer. 

    The City of Vancouver is committed to protecting your privacy. Any personal information you provide to us is managed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and other applicable legislation. Any personal information that we do collect from you will only be used for the purpose of administering City services, informing you of our services and benefits, and for statistical purposes.

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