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Series S627 - Planning Department film collection

Downtown : the issues - Cityport

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Planning Department film collection

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  • Moving images

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  • 1964-1970 (Creation)
    Vancouver (B.C.). Planning Department

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2 film reels

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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).

Custodial history

The films had been kept by the Planning Department; a Planning employee retrieved them from disposal and donated them to the Archives.

Scope and content

Series consists of films or copies of films collected by the Planning Department, and related to the City and regional planning of the 1960s: urban renewal, downtown planning, and harbour development. Arranged chronologically. The films were presented by the City of Vancouver. Films were produced by Pageant Productions Ltd. of Vancouver for the National Film Board of Canada.

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Donated to the Archives in 1992 by John Atkin and Michael Kluckner.


Films in this series have been assigned catalogue numbers MI-008 and MI-009.

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Available in video, digital betacam and MPEG2 files on DVD.

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