Vancouver City Planning Commission – Vacancies 2015-2016

Applications are now online for vacancies on the Vancouver City Planning Commission, with a deadline of January 30.

The Commission welcomes new Commissioners with seasoned experience working in Vancouver’s unique planning and development environment. The Commission cohort often includes architects, urban planners, landscape architects, land economists, demographers, transportation engineers, housing specialists, community developers, builders and policy analysts.

Established by Council under By-law No. 5064, the Commission is a citizens’ volunteer advisory body charged with advising Council on planning matters affecting the future of the city. Commissioners are appointed by Council.

The scope of the Commission’s work encompasses a diverse range of topics including housing affordability, public realm, transportation, industrial lands and neighbourhood engagement. The Commission organizes conferences, consultations, competitions, presentations and research to help shape its advice to Council.

The Commission’s current major focus is on dialogues exploring the future the city in the context of the planning legacy of the past. The work plan for 2015 is under development and includes initiatives that build on the dialogues of 2014.

Our work is often collaborative, working with other organizations including SFU City Conversations and SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement, UBC School of Community and Regional Planning and School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and Museum of Vancouver.

Vancouver City Planning Commission Application is at the City of Vancouver website.

Background on the Commission’s recent initiatives and current directions can be found on the Commission’s website:

General information about the Commission, including meeting schedules and an outline of time commitment, can be found on the City of Vancouver website.

If you have any questions, please contact the Manager, Elizabeth Ballantyne, at

Please note:
There are positions for architects reserved by legislation for the:

  • Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee
  • Chinatown Historic Area Planning Committee
  • First Shaughnessy Advisory Design Panel
  • Urban Design Panels

Nominations for these positions are made by the AIBC, through the Advisory Design Panel Committee.
Any architect seeking to volunteer on these design panels should to do so via the AIBC process.

The institute strongly encourages architects and associates to participate in civic life and volunteer directly to the city for the ‘at-large’ positions on these and other panels. The AIBC need not be contacted regarding these appointments.

AIBC Staff Evolution

Effective January 30, 2015, Roisin O’Neill, Director of Registration, Licensing & Human Resources, will be leaving the AIBC to join the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. On an acting basis, Joan Hendriks Architect AIBC MRAIC will be taking on the role of Director of Registration & Licensing.  On an interim basis, Tracy Tough, Executive Coordinator, will oversee Human Resources with assistance from Yana Vassilenko, Human Resources & Administration Coordinator.