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Series S445 - Planning Department maps, plans and drawings

Map of City of Vancouver, British Columbia [Sketch showing location of supervised playgrounds] Rail car and bus routes as at April 1953 Map showing City of Vancouver [Population density by traffic zones] Possible sites for C.B.C. building in relation to civic auditorium Government precinct East End project area C.B.D. [Central Business District] trip trace density chart Metropolitan area, Lower Mainland, British Columbia [Analysis of major suburban commercial centre... City of Vancouver, British Columbia : 1954 land use Existing land use : proposed redevelopment of area lying between Marine Drive and Kent Avenue and... Fairview Slopes : land use 1973 Possible civic square development for downtown Vancouver Location of fire halls City of Vancouver [Distribution of retail sales and receipts of service establishments - 1951] Lower Mainland municipalities with planning departments 1962 City of Vancouver : history of political growth Government precinct : age of buildings Arterial street system Vancouver school system Households and population by enumeration areas : 1966 census City of Vancouver [Existing super-markets : date of erection, size and location] Age of bldgs. [buildings] : 1000-1300 Granville Street Urban renewal scheme 3 : Mt. Pleasant 2 : apartment development Urban renewal scheme : Britannia Community Services Centre Intersection and sidewalk details Vancouver view study : maximum allowable building heights to preserve alternative view cones : pa... Major street plan Proposed zoning : comprehensive redevelopment areas Key map showing proposed areas for partial and comprehensive redevelopment Interim harbour headline City of Vancouver zoning map Existing service stations, retail shopping centres and commercial zoning Government precinct : major land ownerships Pedestrian mall : view towards south Pedestrian mall : looking south Complete pedestrian mall : all traffic taken off : street closed Commercial study (April 1961) : Fourth Avenue (Arbutus to Balsam) -- Yew Street (4th Avenue to Br... Commercial study (April 1961) : Fourth Avenue (Arbutus to Balsam) -- Yew Street (4th Avenue to Br... Figure 10 : parking as the major use of land in 1954 Figure 11 : parking as the major use of land in 1959 Figure 12 : parking as the major use of land in 1976 Figure 15 : a circulation pattern for pedestrians Urban renewal scheme 3 : Strathcona I & portion of Highway 6 : condition of residential build... Urban renewal scheme 3 : Strathcona I & portion of Highway 6 : condition of non-residential b... Urban renewal scheme 3 : Strathcona I : existing land use Parking within the existing (CM-2) and (C-5) zoning districts, June 1960 Parking in existing and proposed designated parking areas, May 1960 Gas stations within the downtown area Parking lots in the downtown area Trolley coach routes as at April 1953
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Planning Department maps, plans and drawings

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  • Cartographic material
  • Architectural drawing
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  • 1925-1989 (Creation)
    Vancouver (B.C.). Planning Department

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ca. 5,000 microfiches and other material

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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 maps, plans, drawings, charts and photographs created, amended or used by the Planning Department in the course of drafting ideas, compiling information, preparing displays, or designing publication copy relating to planning activities, including rezoning considerations. This series is divided into 3 subseries:

(1) Paper
(2) Microfiche copies - chronological set
(3) Microfiche copies - local areas set

There may be instances of overlap between the retained originals and the microfiche copies.

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Microfiche transferred in 1991; the rest transferred in 1990 and 1995.


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Series also includes ca. 400 maps, technical drawings and architectural drawings; 8 cm of textual records and 15 photographs.

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