Series S650 - Civic and Urban Design Panels records

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Civic and Urban Design Panels records

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  • Variations in title: Formerly titled as 'Director's Civic Design Panel minutes'

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0.84 m of textual records

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The Zoning and Development By-law no. 3575, section 3, item 10, of 1956 provided for the establishment of a design panel which would advise the Technical Planning Board, the adjudicator of development permit applications, on recommended design improvements to the city's larger new buildings (77-E-4 file 7).

At the time that it was created, the panel was made up of the Director of Planning (the chair), the City Building Inspector, three members of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, and one member of the Association of Professional Engineers of B.C. The first meeting was held October 26, 1956.

On August 28, 1973 by-law 4722 created the Urban Design Panel, which took on the functions of the Civic Design Panel. The section of by-law no. 3575 that had created the Civic Design Panel was repealed as part of by-law no. 4897 in August 1975.

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The Urban Design panel was created by the passage of by-law no. 4722 in August 1973. While that by-law did not explicitly state that the Urban Design Panel replaced the Civic Design Panel, in fact from that point forward the Urban Design Panel was responsible for the functions of the earlier body. As with the previous Panel, the Urban Design Panel was responsible for providing advise to Council and the Technical Planning Board (and as of 1975, the Development Permit Board) on the design of proposed developments or revisions to proposed developments after a development permit had been issued, and to provide general advice to Council on matters relating to urban design.

At the time it was founded, the Urban Design Panel consisted of eight members: the Director of Planning, the City Building Inspector, and six members appointed by Council. The external members were: three members of the Architectural institute of British Columbia, one member of the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia, and one landscape architect. The Panel was chaired by one of the external members.

In 1992, the composition of the Panel changed by the passage of by-law no. 6961. The overall size of the Panel was increased from eight to twelve members, comprised of: six members of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia; two members of the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia; two members of the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects; one member of the Vancouver Planning Commission; and one member from either the Urban Development Institute, the Greater Vancouver Homebuilders' Association, or the Building owners' and Mangers' Association of British Columbia.

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Series consists records documenting the operations and deliberations of the Urban Design Panel and its predecessor, the Civic Design Panel.

Records consist primarily of minutes and agendas. Some files from the records of the Panel's Secretary include small amounts of correspondence relating to panel operations.

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Transferred from the Planning Department in 2001 and 2014.


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Another, incomplete set of Civic Design Panel minutes, 1962-1971, is part of the Building Inspector's files at 124-C-5 files 1-10 (series 598). The Director of Planning's Civic Design Panel correspondence, 1956-1969, is at 77-E-4 files 1-7.

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  • Box: 925-E-02 fld 01-07