The purpose of the VCRC is to provide a forum for information-sharing, identifying issues, open discussions, problem-solving, and developing work items that will help revitalize Chinatown in accordance with the Chinatown Vision.
VCRC brings together community organizations, merchants, property owners, residents, experts and concerned individuals to develop short-term plans and a long-term vision as well as to develop a strategy to implement that vision for a common goal, to build a vibrant Chinatown.
The vision of the Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee is to be “a collaborative voice for Chinatown Revitalization.” It pursues its vision by:
- Providing a highly respected conduit of information between Chinatown and the City of Vancouver
- Continuing to promote and assist in the implementation of the Chinatown Vision
- Building a community coalition to identify issues, carry open discussions and develop work items to implement the Chinatown Vision
- Providing a coordination role among community groups and individuals
- Supporting existing community organizations to further their work
- Influencing the nature of new development projects to further their contribution to Chinatown revitalization
- Advocating for change to regulatory obstacles to Chinatown revitalization
- July 2012
VCRC strikes a sub-committee to try to identify the elusive intangibles of the Chinatown spirit. The sub-committee drafts and circulates the “Chinatown Character” document. This document is now widely used by Planning staff and the City’s Advisory committees to supplement the Design Guidelines that form part of the Historic Area planning policies
- July 2012
Council adopts Chinatown Neighbourhood Plan.
- June 2012
VCRC participates in the Vancouver Chinatown Economic Revitalization Action Plan study.
- June 2011
VCRC asks for and receives a seat on the LAPP.
- April 2011
VCRC invokes “Chinatown United” to help demonstrate wide community support for the HAHR re-zoning policy. Council approves the final implementation of HAHR policy. Council also creates the Local Area Planning Process for the Downtown East Side local area. Chinatown is a part of the DTES.
- Jan 2011
VCRC organized a community presentation by Councillors Geoff Meggs and George Chow on the future of the Dunsmuir and Georgia Viaducts.
- August 2010
VCRC organized broad community support for a Community Amenity Contribution strategy that is tailored for Chinatown. VCRC drafted and sent a letter to Council asking that CACs collected in Chinatown re-zonings be used in Chinatown and that Transfer of Density be restricted to heritage projects from within Chinatown.
- Jan 2010
HAHR policy directions were presented Council and Council directs CoV Planning staff to proceed with developing a Chinatown Re-zoning Policy that implements the recommendations of the HAHR.
- April 2009
Official staff and program support for the VCRC by the City ended. The planner assigned to Chinatown and VCRC retired.
CoV planning staff brought the idea of the Historic Area Height Review to the community for input and comment. The HAHR was the City’s response to immense pressure to develop higher buildings in and around Chinatown. The speculation that much higher buildings were possible was deterring investment and development in Chinatown.
Chinatown Plaza neon sign designed and erected.
Chinatown Society Heritage Buildings Association and the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation organized a major fund-raiser to help with heritage rehabilitation projects
VCRC members were very active in helping to develop and implement marketing projects such as the Dragon Lantern Logo, We Speak English campaign, youth engagement programs and projects, tour and hospitality operator education programs, Chinatown Marketing Plan
A Draft Chinatown Community Plan drafted by CoV staff was presented to Council and the Community
VCRC members spent more than a year helping to reach out to Chinatown residents, business owners and other stakeholders to help shape a Chinatown vision. The Chinatown Vision was adopted by Council
VCRC was founded to help develop a Chinatown Vision. The City of Vancouver along with more than twenty key Chinatown social, cultural, resident and business organizations came together to develop short term revitalization plans as well as long term visions for Chinatown. The VCRC received City assistance for programs. The City also provided staff resources with coordination of work by the various member organizations.