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Welcome to BeHeard Vancouver! We are thrilled to have you here. In collaboration with community partners, we will be refreshing this page over the next two years as we update our Comprehensive Plan. Add us to your favorites bar now!

Survey: Tell Us About Your Neighborhood

As we plan for the future, your feedback will help determine where we should build new things and how we can care for what we have today. Whether you visit Vancouver, work in the city, or call our community home, we want to hear from you!

Click here to take the Community Survey and help us learn more about:

  • Your neighborhood
  • Housing
  • Community health and well-being

Thank you for helping make Our Vancouver even better!

The Comprehensive Plan is one of our community's most important tools to help plan for our future. Over the next 2 years, community members (if you live or work in Vancouver – this means you) and the City will work together to develop a plan that will guide Vancouver's growth and development over the next 20 years.

Since the plan was last updated in 2011, Vancouver has experienced significant growth, as well as demographic, economic and social changes. We invite you to join us on this journey, by signing up for the project mailing list and participating in activities that you can find on this page as well as in-person events. Check out the Get Involved Section to learn more.

What exactly does the Comprehensive Plan do?

The Comprehensive Plan provides the overall long-term vision and policy direction for our City. It helps to manage growth and development, in balance with the natural environment, and guides infrastructure improvements to support community needs.

Washington’s Growth Management Act requires the City to adopt an updated plan and changes to its zoning code by June 30, 2025. To meet requirements set by the Growth Management Act, the City will:

  • Perform a holistic re-write of the existing Comprehensive Plan
  • Develop a detailed strategy for implementing the goals, policies, and strategies outlined within the revised plan
  • Modify the existing zoning code (Title 20 of the Vancouver Municipal Code) that is reflective of the goals and policies identified in the revised plan
  • Complete the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process outlined within the State Environmental Policy Act
  • Establish a process to develop and create the plan with members of the community, and conduct community engagement activities in a method consistent with state law.

Find us at the community events below. If you're interested in a neighborhood presentation, please contact us at ourvancouver2045@cityofvancouver.us. In-language support available.



Upcoming Community Events

TBD


Upcoming City Council Meetings

City Council Workshop: Land Use Alternatives – Methods and Assumptions
City Hall, Monday, March 4, 2024 4:00-6:00 pm | Meeting Details

City Council / Planning Commission Joint Workshop: Land Use Alternatives – Activity
City Hall, Monday, April 1, 2024 4:00-6:00 pm | Meeting Details

Planning Commission Workshop: Land Use Alternatives – Process
Tuesday, April 9, 2024 | Meeting Details Coming Soon

City Council Workshop: Land Use Alternatives – Process
City Hall, Monday, April 22, 2024 4:00-6:00 pm | Meeting Details

Past Community Events

Community Housing Forum
ESD, Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Vancouver Community Housing Forum - YouTube
Our Vancouver Community Housing Forum Recording
Vancouver Community Housing Forum - Presentation

City Council Community Forum
Vancouver Innovation Center, Monday, November 27, 2023
Booville
Vancouver Mall, Saturday, October 28, 2023
Dia de los Muertos
Esther Short Park, Saturday, October 21, 2023
The Old Appletree Festival
Appletree Park, Saturday, October 7, 2023
City Council Community Forum
Luepke Community Center, Monday, September 25, 2023
Chelsea Anderson Memorial Play Station at Marshal Park
Marshall Park, Saturday, September 9, 2023
Downtown Farmers Market
Esther Short Park, Sunday, August 27, 2023
Movie in the Park
Marshall Park, Friday, August 11, 2023
Open House Ministries Block Party
Open House Ministries (900 W 12th St.), Thursday, August 10, 2023
National Night Out
Leroy Haagen Memorial Park, Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Movie in the Park
Leroy Haagen Memorial Park, Friday, July 28, 2023
Pride Vancouver USA
Esther Short Park, Saturday, July 22, 2023
Movie in the Park
Fruit Valley Park, Friday, July 21, 2023
Juneteenth Freedom Celebration
Esther Short Park, Saturday, June 17, 2023
Multicultural Resource Fair
Hudson Bay High School, Saturday, June 3, 2023
Movie in the Park
Bagley Community Park, Friday, July 7, 2023
Downtown Alley Flea Market
Downtown on Main St., Saturday, May 13, 2023

Past City Council Meetings

Planning Commission Workshop: Land Use Alternatives - Methods and Assumptions
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 Meeting Materials | Legal Minutes (Coming Soon)
City Council Consent Agenda: Comprehensive Plan Update - Equity Framework, Community Partnership Framework and Goals Framework
Monday, December 18, 2023 Meeting Materials | Video | Legal Minutes
City Council Workshop: Goals Framework
Monday, October 2, 2023 Meeting Materials | Video | Legal Minutes
City Council Workshop: Equity Framework
Monday, July 3, 2023 Meeting Materials | Video | Legal Minutes
City Council Community Workshop: Partnership Framework
Monday, June 26, 2023 Meeting Materials | Video | Legal Minutes
City Council / Planning Commission Joint Workshop: Equity
Monday, March 20, 2023 Meeting Materials | Video | Legal Minutes
City Council Consent Agenda: Comprehensive Plan Charter Resolution
Monday, February 27, 2023 Meeting Materials | Video | Legal Minutes
City Council Workshop: Comprehensive Plan Update
Monday, February 6, 2023 Meeting Materials | Video | Legal Minutes
City Council Consent Agenda: Professional Services for the Comprehensive Plan and Title 20 Land Use Code Update
Monday, December 19, 2022 Meeting Materials | Video | Legal Minutes
City Council Workshop: Comprehensive Plan Initiation and Scope Review
Monday, March 4, 2022 Meeting Materials | Video | Legal Minutes

Phase 1: Visioning (We are here!)

  • We are meeting the community where they already are and learning about what makes you feel connected to OUR VANCOUVER.
  • Our Community Partners meet monthly to discuss the needs of the communities they serve and identify with. By hearing from folks outside the typical City planning process, we can deliver a comprehensive plan that is truly reflective of the community we serve.
  • In-language liaisons are in the community hosting Envision Events and informal conversations to make sure we are hearing from folks in spaces where they can express their needs without language barriers.

Check out our Spotify Playlist to see how we're grooving through Phase 1.

Phase 2: Land Use Policies

This is where we get into the technical part of the update. We will be looking at how our land is used and how we can use it more efficiently to meet the needs of our growing city. Check this page in the fall to see some of the different ways our city might use our land to achieve our goals. In the meantime, view a video explaining how land use impacts housing affordability.

Phase 3: Adoption

This is where 2.5 years of engagement come together and the work, we have done for OUR VANCOUVER is sent to the City Council for adoption.

While the Comprehensive Plan is a foundational policy document for the City, there are several related planning efforts. Some of these plans are adopted as part of the Comprehensive Plan by reference. All efforts play a significant role in how Vancouver will continue to grow and help identify the values that will guide us in the future.

The planning process will be guided by several principles, including:

Housing

  • How will we provide housing that is affordable and accessible to all members of the community?
  • How will we address our community's current housing deficits, which have resulted from decades of underproduction and restrictive zoning?
  • How can we provide housing for the most vulnerable community members, while improving safety outcomes and community well-being for all?

Land Use, Development, and Infrastructure

  • How will we account for the significant population growth occurring within city limits and our urban growth boundary?
  • As our community continues to grow, what types of services, facilities and infrastructure will be needed?
  • How will the city's infrastructure and land uses be resilient and responsive to natural disasters, threats and unexpected circumstances?

Equity and Opportunity

  • How can we develop an inclusive process for co-designing policy with the community, and ensure the voices of our most vulnerable and impacted community members are a central focus of the planning and policy design process?
  • How will the overall vision that is established in the plan inform equitable access to opportunity, employment, investment, and the benefits from those investments?
  • Who might potentially benefit the most or the least from these outcomes?

Climate and Environment

  • How can we mitigate and adapt to the effects of a changing climate?
  • How can we help make Vancouver a healthier community for all people?
  • How do we shape growth to support our community’s climate goal of net zero emissions by 2040 and support overall state greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction requirements?

The Our Vancouver project has developed frameworks for Equity, Community Partnership, and project Goals to inform and shape the Comprehensive Plan update.

  • The Equity Framework establishes a structure for ensuring disproportionately impacted and historically marginalized communities drive the policy design process.
  • The Community Partnership Framework provides details on how we inform, consult, involve, collaborate, and empower co-creative partners and community members during the plan development process. This also outlines overall community engagement goals and objectives, and provides details on the who, what, where and why of engagement.
  • The Goals Framework provides an overall framework and structure for goals within the plan, including the outline of plan chapters and key themes for each chapter that reflect existing policy guidance and Council universal policy priorities.

The frameworks were developed with input from City Council; the Planning Commission; and the Community Partners, a committee made up of City residents who are tasked with co-creating policy with the City for the Comprehensive Plan update.

While the Comprehensive Plan is a foundational policy document for the City, there are several related planning efforts. Some of these plans are adopted as part of the Comprehensive Plan by reference. All efforts play a significant role in how Vancouver will continue to grow and help identify the values that will guide us in the future.

Adopted as part of the Comprehensive Plan by Reference

Related Efforts

Related Efforts from Outside Entities


Welcome to BeHeard Vancouver! We are thrilled to have you here. In collaboration with community partners, we will be refreshing this page over the next two years as we update our Comprehensive Plan. Add us to your favorites bar now!

Survey: Tell Us About Your Neighborhood

As we plan for the future, your feedback will help determine where we should build new things and how we can care for what we have today. Whether you visit Vancouver, work in the city, or call our community home, we want to hear from you!

Click here to take the Community Survey and help us learn more about:

  • Your neighborhood
  • Housing
  • Community health and well-being

Thank you for helping make Our Vancouver even better!

The Comprehensive Plan is one of our community's most important tools to help plan for our future. Over the next 2 years, community members (if you live or work in Vancouver – this means you) and the City will work together to develop a plan that will guide Vancouver's growth and development over the next 20 years.

Since the plan was last updated in 2011, Vancouver has experienced significant growth, as well as demographic, economic and social changes. We invite you to join us on this journey, by signing up for the project mailing list and participating in activities that you can find on this page as well as in-person events. Check out the Get Involved Section to learn more.

What exactly does the Comprehensive Plan do?

The Comprehensive Plan provides the overall long-term vision and policy direction for our City. It helps to manage growth and development, in balance with the natural environment, and guides infrastructure improvements to support community needs.

Washington’s Growth Management Act requires the City to adopt an updated plan and changes to its zoning code by June 30, 2025. To meet requirements set by the Growth Management Act, the City will:

  • Perform a holistic re-write of the existing Comprehensive Plan
  • Develop a detailed strategy for implementing the goals, policies, and strategies outlined within the revised plan
  • Modify the existing zoning code (Title 20 of the Vancouver Municipal Code) that is reflective of the goals and policies identified in the revised plan
  • Complete the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process outlined within the State Environmental Policy Act
  • Establish a process to develop and create the plan with members of the community, and conduct community engagement activities in a method consistent with state law.

Find us at the community events below. If you're interested in a neighborhood presentation, please contact us at ourvancouver2045@cityofvancouver.us. In-language support available.



Upcoming Community Events

TBD


Upcoming City Council Meetings

City Council Workshop: Land Use Alternatives – Methods and Assumptions
City Hall, Monday, March 4, 2024 4:00-6:00 pm | Meeting Details

City Council / Planning Commission Joint Workshop: Land Use Alternatives – Activity
City Hall, Monday, April 1, 2024 4:00-6:00 pm | Meeting Details

Planning Commission Workshop: Land Use Alternatives – Process
Tuesday, April 9, 2024 | Meeting Details Coming Soon

City Council Workshop: Land Use Alternatives – Process
City Hall, Monday, April 22, 2024 4:00-6:00 pm | Meeting Details

Past Community Events

Community Housing Forum
ESD, Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Vancouver Community Housing Forum - YouTube
Our Vancouver Community Housing Forum Recording
Vancouver Community Housing Forum - Presentation

City Council Community Forum
Vancouver Innovation Center, Monday, November 27, 2023
Booville
Vancouver Mall, Saturday, October 28, 2023
Dia de los Muertos
Esther Short Park, Saturday, October 21, 2023
The Old Appletree Festival
Appletree Park, Saturday, October 7, 2023
City Council Community Forum
Luepke Community Center, Monday, September 25, 2023
Chelsea Anderson Memorial Play Station at Marshal Park
Marshall Park, Saturday, September 9, 2023
Downtown Farmers Market
Esther Short Park, Sunday, August 27, 2023
Movie in the Park
Marshall Park, Friday, August 11, 2023
Open House Ministries Block Party
Open House Ministries (900 W 12th St.), Thursday, August 10, 2023
National Night Out
Leroy Haagen Memorial Park, Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Movie in the Park
Leroy Haagen Memorial Park, Friday, July 28, 2023
Pride Vancouver USA
Esther Short Park, Saturday, July 22, 2023
Movie in the Park
Fruit Valley Park, Friday, July 21, 2023
Juneteenth Freedom Celebration
Esther Short Park, Saturday, June 17, 2023
Multicultural Resource Fair
Hudson Bay High School, Saturday, June 3, 2023
Movie in the Park
Bagley Community Park, Friday, July 7, 2023
Downtown Alley Flea Market
Downtown on Main St., Saturday, May 13, 2023

Past City Council Meetings

Planning Commission Workshop: Land Use Alternatives - Methods and Assumptions
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 Meeting Materials | Legal Minutes (Coming Soon)
City Council Consent Agenda: Comprehensive Plan Update - Equity Framework, Community Partnership Framework and Goals Framework
Monday, December 18, 2023 Meeting Materials | Video | Legal Minutes
City Council Workshop: Goals Framework
Monday, October 2, 2023 Meeting Materials | Video | Legal Minutes
City Council Workshop: Equity Framework
Monday, July 3, 2023 Meeting Materials | Video | Legal Minutes
City Council Community Workshop: Partnership Framework
Monday, June 26, 2023 Meeting Materials | Video | Legal Minutes
City Council / Planning Commission Joint Workshop: Equity
Monday, March 20, 2023 Meeting Materials | Video | Legal Minutes
City Council Consent Agenda: Comprehensive Plan Charter Resolution
Monday, February 27, 2023 Meeting Materials | Video | Legal Minutes
City Council Workshop: Comprehensive Plan Update
Monday, February 6, 2023 Meeting Materials | Video | Legal Minutes
City Council Consent Agenda: Professional Services for the Comprehensive Plan and Title 20 Land Use Code Update
Monday, December 19, 2022 Meeting Materials | Video | Legal Minutes
City Council Workshop: Comprehensive Plan Initiation and Scope Review
Monday, March 4, 2022 Meeting Materials | Video | Legal Minutes

Phase 1: Visioning (We are here!)

  • We are meeting the community where they already are and learning about what makes you feel connected to OUR VANCOUVER.
  • Our Community Partners meet monthly to discuss the needs of the communities they serve and identify with. By hearing from folks outside the typical City planning process, we can deliver a comprehensive plan that is truly reflective of the community we serve.
  • In-language liaisons are in the community hosting Envision Events and informal conversations to make sure we are hearing from folks in spaces where they can express their needs without language barriers.

Check out our Spotify Playlist to see how we're grooving through Phase 1.

Phase 2: Land Use Policies

This is where we get into the technical part of the update. We will be looking at how our land is used and how we can use it more efficiently to meet the needs of our growing city. Check this page in the fall to see some of the different ways our city might use our land to achieve our goals. In the meantime, view a video explaining how land use impacts housing affordability.

Phase 3: Adoption

This is where 2.5 years of engagement come together and the work, we have done for OUR VANCOUVER is sent to the City Council for adoption.

While the Comprehensive Plan is a foundational policy document for the City, there are several related planning efforts. Some of these plans are adopted as part of the Comprehensive Plan by reference. All efforts play a significant role in how Vancouver will continue to grow and help identify the values that will guide us in the future.

The planning process will be guided by several principles, including:

Housing

  • How will we provide housing that is affordable and accessible to all members of the community?
  • How will we address our community's current housing deficits, which have resulted from decades of underproduction and restrictive zoning?
  • How can we provide housing for the most vulnerable community members, while improving safety outcomes and community well-being for all?

Land Use, Development, and Infrastructure

  • How will we account for the significant population growth occurring within city limits and our urban growth boundary?
  • As our community continues to grow, what types of services, facilities and infrastructure will be needed?
  • How will the city's infrastructure and land uses be resilient and responsive to natural disasters, threats and unexpected circumstances?

Equity and Opportunity

  • How can we develop an inclusive process for co-designing policy with the community, and ensure the voices of our most vulnerable and impacted community members are a central focus of the planning and policy design process?
  • How will the overall vision that is established in the plan inform equitable access to opportunity, employment, investment, and the benefits from those investments?
  • Who might potentially benefit the most or the least from these outcomes?

Climate and Environment

  • How can we mitigate and adapt to the effects of a changing climate?
  • How can we help make Vancouver a healthier community for all people?
  • How do we shape growth to support our community’s climate goal of net zero emissions by 2040 and support overall state greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction requirements?

The Our Vancouver project has developed frameworks for Equity, Community Partnership, and project Goals to inform and shape the Comprehensive Plan update.

  • The Equity Framework establishes a structure for ensuring disproportionately impacted and historically marginalized communities drive the policy design process.
  • The Community Partnership Framework provides details on how we inform, consult, involve, collaborate, and empower co-creative partners and community members during the plan development process. This also outlines overall community engagement goals and objectives, and provides details on the who, what, where and why of engagement.
  • The Goals Framework provides an overall framework and structure for goals within the plan, including the outline of plan chapters and key themes for each chapter that reflect existing policy guidance and Council universal policy priorities.

The frameworks were developed with input from City Council; the Planning Commission; and the Community Partners, a committee made up of City residents who are tasked with co-creating policy with the City for the Comprehensive Plan update.

While the Comprehensive Plan is a foundational policy document for the City, there are several related planning efforts. Some of these plans are adopted as part of the Comprehensive Plan by reference. All efforts play a significant role in how Vancouver will continue to grow and help identify the values that will guide us in the future.

Adopted as part of the Comprehensive Plan by Reference

Related Efforts

Related Efforts from Outside Entities


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