Downtown Design Guidelines



SmartGrowth BC

From the 10 Year Official Community Plan Review.

Including the recommendation:

“Maintain and Strengthen Your Urban Containment Boundary.”

Cheeying_Nanaimo OCP


Ann McAfee

Former Co-Director of Planning, City of Vancouver Presentation at the 10 Year OCP Review Workshop on Vancouver’s successful infill densification initiatives. She explained how important it was to have buy-in by the city councilors of the time and asked if there were any Nanaimo councilors at the workshop. There weren’t.  Click the heading for a download pdf file of her presentation.


Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urban writer and activist who championed new, community-based approaches to planning for over 40 years. Her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, became perhaps the most influential American text about the inner workings and failings of cities, inspiring generations of urban planners and activists. Her efforts to stop downtown expressways and protect local neighborhoods invigorated community-based urban activism and helped end Parks Commissioner Robert Moses’s reign of power in New York City. Click on the heading for a resource page on Jane Jacobs from the Project for Public Spaces website.


The Vision of City Repair

City Repair is an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live.  City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world.  The many projects of City Repair have been accomplished by a mostly volunteer staff and thousands of volunteer citizen activists.


Think City

Ideas for a 21st Century Vancouver