What were the planning milestones that transformed Vancouver in 2019?

On February 6, 2020, the Vancouver City Planning Commission, in partnership with SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, hosted 2019 Year-in-Review: A Panel Discussion on the Planning Milestones that transformed Vancouver.

This was the 5th annual Year-In-Review forum convened by the Vancouver City Planning Commission. A panel of four eminent urbanists, moderated by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement Director Am Johal, looked back on 2019 to discuss the significance of shifts in city decisions and policies in planning and development in Vancouver.

The panel included Sarah Blyth from the front lines of the opioid overdose crisis; Stephanie Allen, a champion of community housing; Ray Spaxman, the conscience of Vancouver’s planning community; and, Ian Campbell, a hereditary chief of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation).

Panelists responded to a list of potential 2019 emerging milestones that was put together following a workshop and survey. Identifying the turning points of the previous 12 months serves as a springboard for debate over the future of the city. Milestones that survive the evening will be considered for addition to the Chronology of Planning and Development in Vancouver.