Data

General Issues
Economics
Specific Topics
Budget - Local
Collections
Participedia Team
Location
Vancouver
Canada
Scope of Influence
Neighbourhood
Components of this Case
Final Phase of Participatory Budgeting in Vancouver's West End
Files
https://s3.amazonaws.com/participedia.prod/daa7159d-a040-41dc-a01a-949c4f74d08a_a5.pdf
Links
City of Vancouver - West End Pilot Participatory Budgeting Process
Daily Hive - Vancouver approves 400% rate increase for West End parking permits
Start Date
Ongoing
Yes
Time Limited or Repeated?
A single, defined period of time
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Approach
Co-governance
Consultation
Spectrum of Public Participation
Empower
General Types of Methods
Public budgeting
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Manage and/or allocate money or resources
Facilitate decision-making
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Participatory Budgeting
Civic Education
Democratic Education
Legality
Yes
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Both
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Express Opinions/Preferences Only
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Information & Learning Resources
Written Briefing Materials
Decision Methods
Voting
Type of Organizer/Manager
Local Government
Type of Funder
Local Government

CASE

West End Participatory Budgeting Pilot Project

General Issues
Economics
Specific Topics
Budget - Local
Collections
Participedia Team
Location
Vancouver
Canada
Scope of Influence
Neighbourhood
Components of this Case
Final Phase of Participatory Budgeting in Vancouver's West End
Files
https://s3.amazonaws.com/participedia.prod/daa7159d-a040-41dc-a01a-949c4f74d08a_a5.pdf
Links
City of Vancouver - West End Pilot Participatory Budgeting Process
Daily Hive - Vancouver approves 400% rate increase for West End parking permits
Start Date
Ongoing
Yes
Time Limited or Repeated?
A single, defined period of time
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Approach
Co-governance
Consultation
Spectrum of Public Participation
Empower
General Types of Methods
Public budgeting
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Manage and/or allocate money or resources
Facilitate decision-making
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Participatory Budgeting
Civic Education
Democratic Education
Legality
Yes
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Both
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Express Opinions/Preferences Only
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Information & Learning Resources
Written Briefing Materials
Decision Methods
Voting
Type of Organizer/Manager
Local Government
Type of Funder
Local Government
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A participatory budgeting pilot took place in Vancouver's West End in 2017, where community residents decided on the allocation of funds from permit parking fees.

Problems and Purpose

A 2017 participatory budgeting pilot organized by the City of Vancouver to give residents of the West End neighbourhood control over the allocation of additional revenue collected through permit parking fees.[1]

Background History and Context

The use of participatory budgeting in Vancouver was first recommended by the 'Engaged City Taskforce' in 2013. After two years of research by municipal officials, it was decided that the 2017 West End Parking Strategy offered a viable opportunity to experiment with a participatory form of budget allocation.[2] As part of the Parking Strategy, the City of Vancouver committed to an incremental reinvestment of parking permit revenues into the surrounding community through a participatory process.  

Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities

The West End Participatory Budgeting pilot was organized by the City of Vancouver and supported by the Participatory Budgeting Project. A maximum of $175,000 from the "market-based West End residential parking permit sales" was made available for distribution via participatory budgeting.[2]

Participant Recruitment and Selection

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Methods and Tools Used

This initiative is an example of participatory budgeting, a method of democratic innovation broadly described as "a decision-making process through which citizens deliberate and negotiate over the distribution of public resources." There are many benefits associated with participatory budgeting including increased civic and democratic education; increased government transparency; and an increased opportunity for participation by historically marginalized populations.[1]    

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation

An open community information session was to be held by Participatory Budgeting Project staff on August 23, 2018.

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

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Analysis and Lessons Learned

According to a 2017 report by the City of Vancouver, municipal staff are to "report in Q4 of 2018 on the results of the Participatory Budgeting Pilot including an evaluation of the 2018 Participatory Budgeting Pilot process and options for Participatory Budgeting Processes in the 2019 and future years’ annual budget cycle."[2]

See Also

Participatory Budgeting (method)

References

[1] "West End Participatory Budgeting Pilot - Community Info Session," Urbanarium, Aug 15, 2018, https://urbanarium.org/event/west-end-participatory-budgeting-pilot-community-info-session [BROKEN LINK]

[2] Manager of Public Engagement, " West End Pilot Participatory Budgeting Process ," City of Vancouver Administrative Report, December 1, 2017, https://council.vancouver.ca/20171212/documents/a5.pdf

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