KMGA: Incompatible Land Uses Near Schools

K: School-Community Relations

The Board of School Trustees (the “Board”) recognizes that the school system operates in an urban environment with a necessary mixture of land uses. The Board also recognizes the authority of the City of Vancouver and senior levels of government to control the development of property and the regulation of business.

However, the safety and security of students, staff, and school facilities and grounds is a primary responsibility of the Board.  When changes are proposed to an area that may threaten the safety and security of individuals and property, the Board may choose to  the proper authorities on behalf of the local school community.

Incompatible land uses are those that may result in negative externalities to the school, such as, increased traffic, litter, truancy concerns, noise, changes in pedestrian habits, "attractive nuisances," undesirable clientele, or other potential safety or health hazards.  Proposed uses, such as neighbourhood pubs,  adult theatres, cellular antenna,  controversial public or special residential facilities, or changes to existing traffic patterns, may result in such negative externalities to a school use. 

Each use that may be deemed incompatible near a school will be weighed in terms of safety considerations and its proximity to a school(s). In general, the Board will restrict its attention to the proposed changes within 300 metres (approximately 1,000 feet) of an existing school, although there may be special circumstances when the Board may oppose a change in use beyond that distance .

The Board expects the City and other appropriate authorities to enforce by-laws which are designed to minimize conflicts among different neighbourhood uses.  Appropriate  protocols, therefore, will be established to ensure co-operation between the Board and the City. The Board will request enforcement as required in order to ensure the safety and  security  of persons and facilities associated with a local school use.

The Board will seek assurances from the City and other appropriate authorities that proper notification of proposed changes will be given to the Board and the local school(s), . Early consultation  of a proposal by these authorities will help to reduce the need for Board involvement in the decision-making process. It is not the intention of the Board to become involved in routine City planning and land-use matters.

The policy of the Board with respect to incompatible uses near school will be monitored periodically in order to maintain its effectiveness and viability. The Board will co-operate with the City and other agencies to ensure that changing land uses do not compromise the overall well-being of a school community.

DMT Responsbility: D-FSS


Adopted Date: 
Monday October 16, 1989
Revision Date: 
Sep 1994
Feb 2005