Vancouver, British Columbia, has established an excellent reputation in North America for its planning achievements, particularly its creation of a participative, responsive, and design-led approach to urban regeneration and redevelopment. This book examines the development of the city's unique approach to zoning, planning, and urban design from its inception in the early 1970s to its maturity at the beginning of the twenty-first century.Of particular interest are the city's achievements in the sphere of urban design, secured through its unique discretionary zoning system, cooperative planning model for megaprojects, discretionary control of major developments, development levies, management of neighbourhood change, and strategic citywide approach to building intensification. These systems place Vancouver at the forefront of international planning practice.This book -- the first comprehensive analysis of contemporary planning and urban design in any Canadian city -- builds upon an exhaustive analysis of city planning documents, supplemented by in-depth interviews with leading local planners, politicians, architects, and developers. Generously illustrated, it will appeal to academic and professional audiences, as well as to the general public, seeking lessons from Vancouver's achievement for planning practice and urban design at large.
John Punter is a professor of urban design in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University, Wales.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Urban Design as Public Policy in North America 1 Introducing Vancouver Part 1: Setting a New Planning Agenda 2 TEAM and the Reform of Planning, 1972-80 3 Creating a Livable Central Area, 1975-91 Part 2: Designing Neighbourhoods 4 Single-Family Neighbourhoods, 1980-2000 5 CityPlan, 1992-2000 6. Megaprojects on the Waterfront, 1987-2000 7 Downtown Vancouver, 1991-2000 Part 3: Regulating Development and Improving Design 8 Reforming Permit Processing and Development Levies, 1980-2000 9 Discretionary Control and Design Quality, 1997-2000 10 Conclusion: Assessing Vancouver's Achievement Postscript Appendices: 1 Awards for planning and design in Vancouver 2 Chronology of key planning initiatives, policy documents, government policies, and politics in the City of Vancouver, 1965-2001 3 Organization charts for the city planning function, 1975-2001 Glossary References Figure Credits Index