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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

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Learn more about this project:

Neighbourhood Character | westvancouverITE page

Next Meeting

In light of recent District decisions to halt public engagement processes, close facilities and promote social distancing, all upcoming board, committee and working group meetings until the end of April have been cancelled.

Please note that we will be reassessing the situation in April and determine if further cancellations are required at that point.

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    
May 27    
June 10    
June 24    
July 8    
July 22    
Aug. 5    
Aug. 19    

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