A Stronger Vancouver

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A Stronger Vancouver. Investing in our future.In May 2017, Vancouver City Council convened an Executive Sponsors Council (ESC) to work with the City and the community to develop recommendations for a range of projects and programs intended to keep our city thriving over the next decade.

After two years of work, the ESC developed a proposed initiative called A Stronger Vancouver. In 2019, the Completed several months of community engagement work for the Stronger Vancouver initiative, which included three open houses, tabling at local events and community centers, an online survey and focus groups.

Vancouver City Council is now working on finalizing the capital projects, programs and services package and potential funding mechanisms for A Stronger Vancouver. This work is expected to be complete in April 2020.


Submit Feedback

The engagement opportunities below are now closed, but you can still submit feedback to the City about the Stronger Vancouver initiative by email at StrongerVancouver@cityofvancouver.us.



A Stronger Vancouver. Investing in our future.In May 2017, Vancouver City Council convened an Executive Sponsors Council (ESC) to work with the City and the community to develop recommendations for a range of projects and programs intended to keep our city thriving over the next decade.

After two years of work, the ESC developed a proposed initiative called A Stronger Vancouver. In 2019, the Completed several months of community engagement work for the Stronger Vancouver initiative, which included three open houses, tabling at local events and community centers, an online survey and focus groups.

Vancouver City Council is now working on finalizing the capital projects, programs and services package and potential funding mechanisms for A Stronger Vancouver. This work is expected to be complete in April 2020.


Submit Feedback

The engagement opportunities below are now closed, but you can still submit feedback to the City about the Stronger Vancouver initiative by email at StrongerVancouver@cityofvancouver.us.



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  • City Council to Review Final Stronger Vancouver Package March 9

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    04 Mar 2020

    Vancouver City Council will review the final package of projects, programs and associated revenues for A Stronger Vancouver at a workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 9.

    The workshop is open to the public and will take place in the Aspen Conference Room on the first floor of Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.

    Public testimony will not be taken at the workshop, but City Council's regular citizen forum will be held that same night starting at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of Vancouver City Hall. Citizens are welcome to speak to City Council about any subject at that forum.

    The workshop is intended as an opportunity for City Council to conduct a final review of the overall Stronger Vancouver package, establish direction on a tax levy election date, establish direction on an impact fee vesting policy, finalize the revenue phasing approach and review a list of anticipated related legislative actions.

    The workshop will be recorded by Clark/Vancouver Television and can be viewed online at www.cvtv.org.

    Review the memo, presentation and project summary table for the workshop.

  • City Council Getting Preview of Stronger Vancouver Levy Feb. 10

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    05 Feb 2020

    Vancouver City Council has been holding workshops nearly every week starting in January to develop the final capital projects and programs and services packages. These workshops have been part of Council's regular weekly meetings on Mondays.

    On Monday, Feb. 10, Council will have another workshop to finalize the programs and services package. They will also get a preview of a levy design. The first half of the worksho is from 4 to 6 p.m. The workshop will then be continued immediately following the regular Council meeting and citizen forum, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Testimony about A Stronger Vancouver (or any other topic) is welcome during the citizen forum.

    City Council workshops are open to the public, but testimony is not typically taken. The workshop (both parts) will be recorded by Clark/Vancouver Television. You can watch it live on Comcast channel 23/323 or streaming on www.cvtv.org. It will also be available on demand after Monday night at www.cvtv.org.

  • Vancouver City Council Workshop Jan. 27, 2020

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    22 Jan 2020

    The Vancouver City Council will have a workshop on A Stronger Vancouver at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27.

    The workshop will focus on finalizing the capital project package and defining the programs and services package.

    It will take place in the Aspen Conference Room on the first floor of City Hall (415 W. Sixth St., Vancouver). It is open to the public and will be broadcast on Clark/Vancouver Television Comcast channels 23/323 and online at www.cvtv.org.

    Workshops are open to the public, but public testimony is not taken.

    View agenda.

  • City Council Citizen Forum Dec. 9

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    26 Nov 2019

    Vancouver City Council is offering another community feedback opportunity where the public can speak directly them about the Stronger Vancouver initiative at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. This week's meeting will occur at the Firstenburg Community Center's (700 N.E. 136th Ave.) on the east side of the city.

    Each speaker will be asked to fill out a pre-printed testimony card (provided at the counter at the entrance to Chambers) with their name/address. They will also asked to give their name and city of residence for the audio record. Each speaker who has filled out a testimony card shall have one opportunity to address the Council. Citizens testifying are asked to limit testimony to three minutes.

    If you are unable to sit at the table to give your testimony and wish to have a wireless microphone provided to you, please notify City support staff at the meeting.

    A link to the full agenda will be added to this page as soon as it's available.


  • City Council Citizen Forum Nov. 25

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    20 Nov 2019

    Vancouver City Council is offering an additional feedback opportunity where the public can speak directly to City Council on the Stronger Vancouver initiative at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, at Vancouver City Hall Council Chambers, 415 W. Sixth St. in downtown Vancouver.

    Each speaker is requested to fill out a pre-printed testimony card (provided at the counter at the entrance to Chambers) with their name/address. They are also asked to sit at the table at the place marked "Citizen Testimony" and give their name and city of residence for the audio record. Please notify the Council Assistant if you are unable to sit at the table to give your testimony and wish to have a wireless microphone provided to you. Each speaker shall have one opportunity to address the Council. Citizens testifying are asked to limit testimony to three minutes.

    View the full Council meeting agenda.


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  • City Council workshops Oct. 28

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    23 Oct 2019

    Vancouver City Council will meet in two workshops about the Stronger Vancouver initiative on Monday, Oct. 28. Both workshops will take pace in the Aspen Conference Room on the first floor of Vancouver City Hall (415 W. Sixth St.). These workshops are open to the public and will be audio recorded, but will not be broadcast on Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV).

    Workshop #1 | 4-6 p.m.
    City Council will engage in a detailed review of two possible revenue sources for Stronger Vancouver programs and projects: Park Impact Fees, which are paid by land developers, and an admissions tax; and will review some alternative scenarios.

    Workshop #2 | 6:45 p.m.
    City Council will discuss, deliberate and provide direction on remaining variables of the Stronger Vancouver initiative.

    Review workshop memo to City Council from City Manager Eric Holmes.

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  • Final Community Engagement & Feedback Report

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    10 Oct 2019

    Staff presented the final Community Engagement and Feedback Report to Vancouver City Council at a workshop on Monday, Oct. 7, including the results of:

    • More than 1,600 resident comments
    • Nearly 1,300 face-to-face conversations
    • And over 1,000 online survey participants
    At the workshop, City Council decided to remove the Business & Occupation (B&O) tax from the list of proposed business taxes that may be used to pay for the final package of projects and programs.

    City Council is expected to make a final recommendation on the final package of projects and programs needed to keep our City thriving, including how we will fund them, by the end of the year.

  • Survey now closed; Council workshop Sept. 16

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    16 Sep 2019

    The Stronger Vancouver survey is now closed. You can still submit ideas or ask questions using the other tools available on this page.

    City Council Workshop Sept. 16

    A Vancouver City Council workshop about the Stronger Vancouver programs and services will occur Monday, Sept. 16 starting at 4 p.m. An interim public engagement and feedback update will be presented at this time (the final report will be presented later this year). Review the engagement update.

    The workshop is open to the public. It will occur in the Aspen Conference Room at City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St. Or you can watch the workshop live or on-demand online at www.cvtv.org.

    (UPDATE: The workshop was not actually recorded by CVTV and is not available to view. Sorry for the confusion.)

  • View Estimated Costs

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    03 Sep 2019

    We got a lot of questions about the cost of the projects and programs included in the Stronger Vancouver recommendation at our three community open houses.

    This information is contained in the Executive Sponsors Council's recommendation report, which is linked on the right sidebar and available on the Stronger Vancouver website.

    However, to help make it easier for people to access, we have extracted the estimated costs from that report into a separate web page here: www.strongervancouver.org/costs

    There is also a direct link to it on the right sidebar of this web page.

  • YOU ARE INVITED! Community Open Houses Aug. 21, 22 & 27

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    19 Aug 2019

    Vancouver City Council is seeking public input about the City’s Stronger Vancouver initiative at three community open houses Aug. 21, 22 and 27.

    The Stronger Vancouver initiative is a package of projects and programs aimed at improving safety, livability and access to good jobs within the city over the next decade. It was developed by an executive sponsors council that was formed by the City of Vancouver in May 2017.

    The package includes more than 35 capital improvement projects, from developing public spaces, parks and commercial areas to improving emergency preparedness and traffic safety within the city. It also includes new or expanded programs related to homelessness, culture, arts and heritage, strong neighborhoods, community policing and access to recreation.

    Community Open House Schedule

    Wednesday, Aug. 21
    4-7 p.m.
    Red Cross building at Fort Vancouver
    605 Barnes St.

    Thursday, Aug. 22
    4-7 p.m.
    Firstenburg Community Center
    700 N.E. 136th Ave.

    Tuesday, Aug. 27
    4-7 p.m.
    Water Resources Education Center
    4600 S.E. Columbia Way

    There will be a short presentation at 4:30 and 6 p.m. at each of the open houses. Attendees will be able to learn more about the proposed projects and programs, speak to Vancouver City Councilmembers and city staff, and provide important feedback on the proposal. Refreshments and childcare will be available.

    Questions or accommodation requests can be sent to Communications Specialist Sophie Banner at Sophie.Banner@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-8631.

    More information about A Stronger Vancouver is available online at www.strongervancouver.org.

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