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Three Vancouver neighbourhoods are looking to the future as new community planning processes for Marpole, Grandview-Woodland, and the West End launch in May with events that include walking tours, open houses, and storytelling nights.

Over the next 18 to 21 months, City staff will work with community residents, business owners, students and stakeholders to create new community plans for each area. The plans will guide future development, economic growth, and change in these communities over the next two decades.

According to Mayor Gregor Robertson, “Community plans are the cornerstone to our city planning processes. We know people in Vancouver are passionate about their neighbourhoods and the development that takes place there. Everyone’s ideas are crucial and we want to hear what community residents have to say about their neighbourhoods as we plan for the future.”

Marpole Flag
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All three communities will be asked “What do you picture?”. The City will consider all answers in order to help shape what these communities might look like in future decades.

The plans will reflect the individual needs and character of each community within established city-wide, regional, and global policies such as Metro-Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy and TransLink’s 10-Year Transportation Plan. The plans will also help to address transportation, housing, social, health, heritage and arts and culture issues.

Along with supporting these plans and strategies, the community plans will directly influence the streetscapes, parks, community amenities and local economy of these areas.

The public is invited and encouraged to participate in one or more launch events, learn about the process, and find out how to add their voice to the discussions.

Marpole Walking Tour: Sunday, May 6, 10:30 am
There’s No Place Like Home” Storytelling Event: Tuesday, May 1, 7 to 10 pm, Metro Theatre, 1370 SW Marine Drive (south end of Granville Street by the on-ramp of the Arthur Laing Bridge)
Community Open Houses:
Wednesday, May 2, 5 to 9 pm, Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre, 990 West 59th Avenue (at Oak Street)
Saturday, May 5, 11 am to 3 pm, 8138 Granville Street

Grandview-Woodland Walking Tour: Sunday, May 6, 10:30 am
Stories of Grandview-Woodland” Storytelling Event: Friday, May 11, 7 to 10 pm, WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac Street
Community Open Houses:
Sunday, May 13, 11 am to 3 pm, Waldorf Hotel, 1489 East Hastings Street
Wednesday, May 16, 5 to 9 pm, Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive

West End
West End Walking Tour: Sunday, May 6, 10:30 am
There’s No Place Like Home” Storytelling Event: Thursday, May 10, 7 to 10 pm, Denman Theatre, 1737 Comox Street
Community Open Houses:
Saturday, May 12, 11 am to 3 pm, Best Western Sands Hotel, 1755 Davie Street
Tuesday, May 15, 4 to 8 pm, Empire Landmark Hotel, 1400 Robson Street
Thursday, May 17, 4 to 8 pm, Central Presbyterian Church, 1155 Thurlow Street

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