City of Vancouver
The City of Vancouver is undertaking a scenario planning process to support the provision of a Citywide planning program with KerrSmith. This bold strategic research and Futures project will guide Vancouver as it builds a resilient strategy for the next 30 years.
The City of Vancouver is committed to inclusion, reconciliation and resilience and required both a broad, citizen-based participatory approach to defining a future vision, as well as an expert led exploratory investigation into possible emerging challenges. Our work sets the stage for comprehensive, future oriented, and non-siloed strategic planning and policy development.
Increasingly common to building long-term planning foundations, Futures or Strategic Foresight projects are a robust and disciplined approach to navigating complex futures.
Effective solution making is sharpened by establishing metrics and goals. Throughout this project, we have augmented our deliverables with training, allowing the City to also increase its own capacity for ongoing Foresight research and Scenario Planning.
We are working with a multidisciplinary team of collaborators, including political leaders, planners and technical policy makers. We are drawing upon our experience working with large and diverse bodies of internal and external stakeholders to coordinate the project. As well-informed outsiders with a knowledge of urban issues, resiliency planning and the expectations of policy-makers the goal is to make work inclusive, accurate, unbiased and relevant.
By using a spectrum of participation to consult, involve, collaborate or empower, we have engaged with stakeholders for a thorough exchange of opinions and reasoning.
The scenarios are anticipated to focus on land use, population, housing, jobs/economy, environment, infrastructure, City services, and overall quality of life in the City. They are intended to help prepare for unforeseen situations and to seed discussion. The scenarios will also include consideration of disparate impacts on different segments of the population; each scenario will consider issues relating to equity, inclusion, resiliency, and reconciliation. It is anticipated that the time horizon will be to 2050.
We have developed a custom methodology which is highly collaborative. The parameters for capacity building, complex criteria and the range of stakeholders required a unique approach appropriate for Vancouver. Our experience in a number of city-building projects brings perspective to the intricate requirements of the project.
The following Drivers of Change were identified by the City of Vancouver in the Planning, Urban Design, and Sustainability Department’s Strategic Plan:
The preliminary scenarios will be exploratory in nature, and will be used primarily to illustrate the range of possible futures, including radically transformed futures that are still plausible.
Ongoing engagement activities will include work which will be required to describe the 3-4 core scenarios as part of the report for public review. We will ensure that there is sufficient support present at the engagement activities to capture ideas generated through the discussion.
Vancouver and Reconciliation
The City of Vancouver’s Vision includes striving to form a sustained relationship of mutual respect and understanding with local First Nations and the Urban Indigenous community, including key agencies. The City will Incorporate a First Nations and Urban Indigenous perspective into their work and decisions and provide services that benefit members of the First Nations and Urban Indigenous community.
The City’s Long-Term Goals
Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life. It is located in the centre of the much larger district of Metropolitan Vancouver, surrounded by the important cities of West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Coquitlam, Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey and Richmond.
There are approximately 631,000 people living in the city of Vancouver, while the population of Metropolitan Vancouver is close to 2.5 million. Vancouver is the most linguistically diverse city in Canada: 52% of its residents are not native English speakers. 48.9% are native speakers of neither English nor French, and 50.6% of residents belong to visible minority groups
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