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Series S685 - City-owned property planning records

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City-owned property planning records

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  • Textual record
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  • Architectural drawing

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  • 1944-1995 [predominant 1954-1988] (Creation)
    Vancouver (B.C.). Planning Department

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3.54 metres of textual records. - ca. 300 maps. - ca. 50 architectural drawings

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The Planning Department was established on November 1, 1952 with the appointment of the Director of Planning, further to the July 1951 report commissioned by City Council from town planning consultants Harold Spence-Sales and John Bland (PD 335). The report had proposed that the Vancouver Town Planning Commission hand over the work intensive and detailed aspects of planning but maintain the advisory role to City Council (renamed Vancouver City Planning Commission in 1972). Those aspects were taken on by the new Planning Department, while the more substantial Zoning By-law interpretation and exception decision-making, as well as the broader aspects of city planning were carried out by a committee of relevant senior staff and officials, which was called the Technical Planning Board. The Board was chaired by the Director of Planning.

Previous to the establishment of the Planning Department in 1952 the Town Planning Commission was responsible for city planning (1926-1952). The earliest town planning or city planning activity was carried out under the authority of City Council, in conjunction with the Board of Works, and the Engineering Department (1886-1926).

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Series consists of records documenting the City's planning functions as they applied to City-owned property. The records document activities such as: disposing of City-owned property by sale or exchange, subdivision of lots and blocks, and the planning component of projects to develop social housing on City-owned property.

The series includes internal memoranda and correspondence, external correspondence, property assessment forms, reports and studies, petitions, newspaper clippings and copies of leasehold agreements. Some files include site plans and/or other maps. Some files relating to social housing also include architectural drawings.

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Files F001 to F0879 Accession 2014-022.


Records are arranged by legal land description. The breakdown of files can be by District Lot, Block, or Lot. Some files contain information relating to multiple properties.

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Some files in this series contain records restricted as per legislation. Please refer to file descriptions for information on access restrictions for individual files.

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Series COV-S168 City owned land sold records also contains information on the sale of City-owned property.

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