Neighbourhood Character


Let’s make sure that future home construction enhances the character of neighbourhoods.

Council appointed West Vancouver residents to the Neighbourhood Character Working Group to propose regulations and policies that better respect neighbourhood character, protect heritage and mitigate the impacts of development.

The working group has identified five priority issues:

  1. building size
  2. landscaping
  3. hard surfaces, retaining walls and fences
  4. neighbour and public interface
  5. housing diversity

We need your input to help inform our work.

Your ideas will help shape our recommendations to Council, including the proposal of new, and amendment of existing, policies and bylaws.

Complete the feedback form

  • Online (below)
  • Or pick up a paper form at Municipal Hall (750 17th Street)

Deadline to submit your feedback is Friday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m.

Attend an Information Meeting

Discuss the issues, ask the working group questions and learn more.

Space is limited. We ask that all attendees please register.

Register by email to attend

Email us at neighbourhoodcharacter@westvancouver.ca to indicate which meeting you would like to attend.

  1. Tuesday, May 7 from 9–10:30 a.m.
    Municipal Hall, Raven Room (main floor of services centre), 750 17th Street

  2. Wednesday, May 8 from 5–6:30 p.m.
    Gleneagles Clubhouse, Bayview Room, 6190 Marine Drive

  3. Thursday, May 9 from 6–7:30 p.m.
    West Vancouver Memorial Library, Welsh Hall, 1950 Marine Drive


Let’s make sure that future home construction enhances the character of neighbourhoods.

Council appointed West Vancouver residents to the Neighbourhood Character Working Group to propose regulations and policies that better respect neighbourhood character, protect heritage and mitigate the impacts of development.

The working group has identified five priority issues:

  1. building size
  2. landscaping
  3. hard surfaces, retaining walls and fences
  4. neighbour and public interface
  5. housing diversity

We need your input to help inform our work.

Your ideas will help shape our recommendations to Council, including the proposal of new, and amendment of existing, policies and bylaws.

Complete the feedback form

  • Online (below)
  • Or pick up a paper form at Municipal Hall (750 17th Street)

Deadline to submit your feedback is Friday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m.

Attend an Information Meeting

Discuss the issues, ask the working group questions and learn more.

Space is limited. We ask that all attendees please register.

Register by email to attend

Email us at neighbourhoodcharacter@westvancouver.ca to indicate which meeting you would like to attend.

  1. Tuesday, May 7 from 9–10:30 a.m.
    Municipal Hall, Raven Room (main floor of services centre), 750 17th Street

  2. Wednesday, May 8 from 5–6:30 p.m.
    Gleneagles Clubhouse, Bayview Room, 6190 Marine Drive

  3. Thursday, May 9 from 6–7:30 p.m.
    West Vancouver Memorial Library, Welsh Hall, 1950 Marine Drive
  • Feedback Form: Preserving & Enhancing Neighbourhood Character

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    Deadline to complete the survey:  Friday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m.

    The purpose of the Neighbourhood Character Working Group is to make recommendations to Council to ensure that West Vancouver regulations, guidelines, and policies protect and enhance neighbourhood character in single-family neighbourhoods.

    Based on previous studies and our own analysis, the working group has identified the following primary “Issues” affecting neighbourhood character.

    The purpose of this survey is to receive your feedback on the working group’s

    If you signed up for westvancouverITE before October 1, 2018, you'll need to create a new account as we moved to a new system.

    Deadline to complete the survey:  Friday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m.

    The purpose of the Neighbourhood Character Working Group is to make recommendations to Council to ensure that West Vancouver regulations, guidelines, and policies protect and enhance neighbourhood character in single-family neighbourhoods.

    Based on previous studies and our own analysis, the working group has identified the following primary “Issues” affecting neighbourhood character.

    The purpose of this survey is to receive your feedback on the working group’s preliminary work to ensure we direct our efforts to those issues of most concern to the community.

    Once the community has confirmed the issues, the working group will develop draft recommendations and present them to the public for review and comment.

    Background:
    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.

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