Neighbourhood Character

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Thank you to everyone who provided comments for the working group.

The feedback opportunity closed on Sunday, September 20, 2020.

We appreciate all comments provided via the comment form, by email and at the virtual workshops.

Virtual Workshops

Virtual workshops were offered online on September 9 and 16.

The virtual workshops provided participants with an opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the Neighbourhood Character Working Group's draft recommendations. Virtual workshops were held via Webex.

Notes from both sessions will be posted shortly. We appreciate your patience.


In August 2018, Council appointed 10 West Vancouver residents to the Neighbourhood Character Working Group and tasked them with proposing regulations and policies to improve neighbourhood character, protect heritage and mitigate the impacts of development.

By undertaking broad community consultation, the working group identified four key issues: building size; landscaping; neighbour and public interface; and housing diversity.

The working group then engaged the community to validate the identified issues before developing draft recommendations. Phase 1: validate issues was carried out February to May 2019.

In December 2019, based on further research, consultations and public feedback, the working group developed draft recommendations for changes to bylaws and policies related to neighbourhood character and shared them with staff and Council.

In January 2020, the working group initiated Phase 2: identify solutions. A series of meetings were held with industry professionals to review the draft recommendations and provide input.

The District suspended all public engagement at the end of March as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Now that the province has announced Phase 3 of the pandemic response plan, the District is gradually resuming community engagement in modified forms.

Now, in Phase 3: finalize recommendations, the Neighbourhood Character Working Group presents the results of the last 18 months’ work to the community.

In addition to the draft report, the comment form includes highlights that have been prepared for your review. You will have an opportunity to provide comments at the end of each section.

The full reports are available at the links below and contain more detailed information than is included in the comment form.

Recommendations Report (PDF)

Appendix (PDF)

Your comments will inform the working group's recommendations, expected to be formally presented to Council in fall/winter of 2020. The recommendations, if endorsed by Council, will provide direction for future bylaw and policy amendments that affect neighbourhood character.

The comment form will be open for input from July 24 to September 20 (inclusive) so please kindly submit your comments before the deadline.


Latest updates

Thank you to everyone who provided comments for the working group.

The feedback opportunity closed on Sunday, September 20, 2020.

We appreciate all comments provided via the comment form, by email and at the virtual workshops.

Virtual Workshops

Virtual workshops were offered online on September 9 and 16.

The virtual workshops provided participants with an opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the Neighbourhood Character Working Group's draft recommendations. Virtual workshops were held via Webex.

Notes from both sessions will be posted shortly. We appreciate your patience.


In August 2018, Council appointed 10 West Vancouver residents to the Neighbourhood Character Working Group and tasked them with proposing regulations and policies to improve neighbourhood character, protect heritage and mitigate the impacts of development.

By undertaking broad community consultation, the working group identified four key issues: building size; landscaping; neighbour and public interface; and housing diversity.

The working group then engaged the community to validate the identified issues before developing draft recommendations. Phase 1: validate issues was carried out February to May 2019.

In December 2019, based on further research, consultations and public feedback, the working group developed draft recommendations for changes to bylaws and policies related to neighbourhood character and shared them with staff and Council.

In January 2020, the working group initiated Phase 2: identify solutions. A series of meetings were held with industry professionals to review the draft recommendations and provide input.

The District suspended all public engagement at the end of March as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Now that the province has announced Phase 3 of the pandemic response plan, the District is gradually resuming community engagement in modified forms.

Now, in Phase 3: finalize recommendations, the Neighbourhood Character Working Group presents the results of the last 18 months’ work to the community.

In addition to the draft report, the comment form includes highlights that have been prepared for your review. You will have an opportunity to provide comments at the end of each section.

The full reports are available at the links below and contain more detailed information than is included in the comment form.

Recommendations Report (PDF)

Appendix (PDF)

Your comments will inform the working group's recommendations, expected to be formally presented to Council in fall/winter of 2020. The recommendations, if endorsed by Council, will provide direction for future bylaw and policy amendments that affect neighbourhood character.

The comment form will be open for input from July 24 to September 20 (inclusive) so please kindly submit your comments before the deadline.

  • Background

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    23 April, 2019


    This historical character of West Vancouver single-family neighbourhoods has ranged from modest affordable bungalows to larger estate-type homes which were generally in scale with the surrounding homes. These neighbourhoods accommodated families whose children attended the local schools and most people knew their neighbours. It was rare to see a vacant home.

    The growing trend of replacing modest homes with much larger houses is making West Vancouver financially unattainable to the average family. This trend has resulted in fewer pedestrians, fewer local children in West Vancouver public schools and more homes sitting vacant. It is becoming less common for residents to know and interact with their neighbours.

    The combination of changing demographics and dramatically increased property values is changing the character of West Vancouver. Many of these changes are societal in nature; the focus of the Neighbourhood Character Working Group will be targeted to specific recommendations on regulations, guidelines and policies related to single family homes that are achievable and ultimately beneficial to the residents of West Vancouver.