Neighbourhood Character Working Group


The purpose of the Neighbourhood Character Working Group is to research, propose, consider and review regulations and policies that respect neighbourhood character and reduce the impacts of development in the District’s Single Family Dwelling Zones. The working group will engage the community and make recommendations to Council regarding the creation of new bylaws and policies and/or the amendment of existing bylaws and policies.


After an orientation session, the working group will review these terms of reference and prepare an initial work plan consistent with the duties described below.

The working group will review existing information regarding neighbourhood character in West Vancouver and options for education, awareness, policy and regulation targeted at mitigating the impacts of development on existing neighbourhoods. Information sources include:

  • the District of West Vancouver’s Official Community Plan as amended;
  • the District of West Vancouver’s Zoning Bylaw, as amended;
  • the District of West Vancouver’s Interim Tree Bylaw, as amended;
  • recent and relevant community demographic trends, housing and real estate trends, development industry practices and design standards;
  • best practices for developers (as related to site preparation, site development and property maintenance) from other jurisdictions and relevant organizations;
  • other relevant documents as appropriate.

Council Member

Councillor Lambur

Citizen Members

Theodore Malapanis, Nancy Smeal, Patti Ulveland, Herb Locke, Louis Fourie, Susan Chunick, Stephen Nicholls, Russell Brink and Tom Dodd

Staff Liaison

Courtney Miller, Senior Planner




Terms of Reference

Working Group Guidelines

More information

Some projects have dedicated project pages in westvancouverITE (the District's online engagement tool used to connect with residents).

You can sign up for project updates in westvancouverITE, take surveys, ask questions and more.

Learn more about this project:

Neighbourhood Character | westvancouverITE page

Next Meeting


After suspending all committee, board and working group meetings in mid-March in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, the District of West Vancouver is resuming meetings via electronic communications facilities.

Members of the public are able to attend committee meetings in person in the Municipal Hall Council Chamber. The public will be able to listen to, and provide input during electronic meetings.  For your health and safety, physical distancing and enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols have been implemented. If you are not able to attend a meeting in-person, written submissions regarding matters that fall within the committee’s mandate to consider can also be submitted to staff liaisons and will be circulated to members prior to a meeting for their information.

2020 meetings

Jan. 8 Notice Notes         
Jan. 22 Notice Notes 
Feb. 5 Notice Notes 
Feb. 19 Notice Notes
Feb. 25 Notice Notes
March 4 Notice  
March 11 Notice  
March 18 Cancelled  
April 1 Cancelled  
April 15 Cancelled  
April 29 Cancelled  
May 13 Cancelled  
May 27 Cancelled  
June 10 Cancelled  
June 24 Cancelled  
July 8 Cancelled  
July 22 Cancelled  
Aug. 5 Cancelled  
Aug. 19 Cancelled  

2019 meetings

Neighbourhood Character Working Group

Jan. 9 Notice Notes
Jan. 23 Notice Notes
Feb. 6 Notice Notes
Feb. 20 Notice Notes
March 6 Notice Notes
March 20 Notice Notes
April 3 Notice Notes
April 17 Notice Notes
May 1 Notice Notes
May 15 Notice Notes
May 28 Notice Notes
June 12 Notice Notes
June 26 Notice Notes
July 10 Notice Notes
July 24 Notice Notes
July 31 Notice Notes
Aug. 7 Cancelled  
Aug. 9 Notice Notes
Aug. 12 Notice Notes
Aug. 21 Notice Notes
Sept. 4 Notice Notes
Sept. 18 Notice Notes
Oct. 1 Notice Notes
Oct. 2 Cancelled  
Oct. 16 Notice Notes
Oct. 30 Notice Notes
Nov. 13 Notice Notes
Nov. 27 Notice Notes
Dec. 11 Notice Notes