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

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

First round of consultation

The first phase of community consultation by the Neighbourhood Character Working Group has concluded. Thank you to all those who participated.

A review of public input and progress report to Council are available below.

Council Report

Council Presentation

Next steps

The Neighbourhood Character Working Group will be considering potential responses to address the issues that you helped identify.

We look forward to validating these recommendations with you during the next phase of consultation. Stay tuned by signing up for email updates.


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

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

First round of consultation

The first phase of community consultation by the Neighbourhood Character Working Group has concluded. Thank you to all those who participated.

A review of public input and progress report to Council are available below.

Council Report

Council Presentation

Next steps

The Neighbourhood Character Working Group will be considering potential responses to address the issues that you helped identify.

We look forward to validating these recommendations with you during the next phase of consultation. Stay tuned by signing up for email updates.

  • Background

    4 months ago

    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...


    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.