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Area planning: Northeast False Creek

A vibrant, connected new neighbourhood

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Participate in events and give your feedback to help us create an area plan for Northeast False Creek.

The future Northeast False Creek will accommodate new growth close to jobs, amenities, and services. We have the opportunity to create a connected, complete neighbourhood that respects the history of nearby areas like Chinatown, the Downtown Eastside, and Main Street.

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New housing and amenities

New housing and amenities

Housing

There will be two new areas for housing:

  1. Near the stadiums and the Plaza of Nations
  2. On two blocks located on Main Street between Prior and Union streets

Developing Northeast False Creek provides an opportunity for a mix of new housing types, including affordable homes based on our Housing Strategy.

Over 500 affordable homes have been built as part of the False Creek North Official Development Plan. Six affordable housing sites remain to be developed, with a requirement for nearly 600 additional affordable homes. 50% of these should be suitable for families with children.

Key considerations

  • Supply and affordability: Ensure 20% of new residential space is delivered as social housing. Providing a range of housing options will contribute to a healthy, vibrant, and inclusive neighbourhood and downtown for people with a range of income levels. The area plan will draw from existing and emerging citywide policy on affordable housing.
  • Diversity: Offer a variety of housing choices and community facilities to attract and keep a vibrant workforce, including families with children.

Amenities

We will consider new parks and amenities for people living in the area in the future. Childcare, community space, and new local services will help to create a healthy, connected, and complete neighbourhood.

Key considerations

  • Childcare: Develop new, licensed non-profit childcare facilities to help meet the future demand of residential and employment growth in the area.
  • Sustainable food systems: Enhance access to food in the neighbourhood, including healthy food-retail options, community gardens, green spaces in new buildings for growing food, community kitchens, and other community-based food programs, particularly for vulnerable and isolated groups.
  • Community facilities: Explore opportunities to develop a new community centre, cultural and social spaces, a cultural centre, non-motorized boating support facilities, and a replacement skate plaza.

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Arts and culture

Arts and culture

A destination for art

We expect Northeast False Creek to be a major art destination. We also want to ensure that arts and cultural assets in existing neighbourhoods nearby are retained and enhanced.  

Key considerations

  • Support the area's role as a major entertainment and celebration area.
  • Provide opportunities to stabilize and connect with art production in the False Creek Flats and art presentation in Downtown and Downtown Eastside.
  • Find ways to enhance and support arts presentation and production spaces, artist housing, arts-friendly regulations, and a public art master plan for the area.

Learn more in the Culture Plan for Vancouver

Recognizing the area’s cultural identity

This area will have a cultural identity that mixes the new (a vibrant waterfront with places for people to enjoy public life) and the historic.

Key considerations

  • Integrate the needs of the Downtown Eastside’s cultural communities while creating an accessible and inclusive neighbourhood.
  • Encourage opportunities for access to the water, a vibrant streetscape, and an architecture- and public-realm design that reflects the area’s environmental, cultural, and political history
  • Meaningfully recognize the unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh homelands, the historic Hogan’s Alley and the displaced Black community, and the cultural contributions of the Chinese-Canadian and Urban Aboriginal communities

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Play and work

Play and work

Play

Northeast False Creek is a hub for entertainment and activity in Vancouver. Vancouver is celebrated in the international ranks of liveability and tourism as a great place to live, visit, and host international events like the World Cup, Rugby 7s, and BMO Marathon. Annual visitor numbers to Metro Vancouver continue to climb towards 10 million annually.

Key considerations

  • Ensure free and equal access to public places, parks, and open spaces.
  • Connect the waterfront, the downtown, and the historic neighbourhoods to the north and east through a series of public spaces and amenities (such as outdoor washrooms, public art, and lighting). 
  • Design flexible spaces for small to large-scale events to take place year-round for locals and visitors.
  • Create a waterfront promenade, activated with eateries, pubs, bars, and exhibition spaces. 
  • Include a range of retail and entertainment options for people of all ages, abilities, and levels of income.

Work

Northeast False Creek has the potential to be a major player in new job space that will help meet economic growth objectives and support the local economy. Streets like Pacific Boulevard, Main Street, and Abbott Street will play important roles in providing local shopping and services, restaurants, and nightlife opportunities.

Key considerations

  • Target 1.8 million square feet of job space. 
  • Support the Vancouver Tourism Master Plan and its objectives to establish an entertainment district and tourism corridor with public meeting places, restaurants, bars, shops and exciting nightlife.

Key documents

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Sustainable living

Green buildings

Green buildings

Strategies for achieving zero emissions new buildings were developed specifically to ensure comfortable and healthy indoor environments, maximize local economic development, ensure long-term building resilience, protect housing affordability, and to facilitate achieving our Renewable City Strategy target to have all buildings in Vancouver use only renewable energy by the year 2050.

Private buildings

The ambitious Zero Emission Building Plan adopted by Council in July 2016 set a target to reduce emissions from new buildings by 90% as compared to 2007 by 2025 and to achieve zero emissions for all new buildings by 2030. The existing Rezoning Policy for Green Buildings will be revised in 2016 along with the Vancouver Building Bylaw to move towards targets established in the Zero Emission Building Plan. Targets applicable to buildings in NEFC area are those set for buildings connected to a renewable neighbourhood energy system.

Public buildings

City owned buildings are to be Certified to the Passive House standard or alternate zero emission building standard, and use only low carbon fuel sources, in lieu of certifying to LEED Gold, where feasible.

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Adapting to climate change

Adapting to climate change

Northeast False Creek is identified as an area which is subject to flood construction level (FCL) requirements to prepare for future sea level rise.

Some of this protection planning could include:

  • Buildings being raised to prepare for an increased flood plain
  • Seawall design
  • Naturalization of the shoreline

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Neighbourhood energy

Neighbourhood energy

Northeast False Creek has been identified as a location for a new renewable neighbourhood energy system. The west side is currently connected to the Central Heat System, which is working on transitioning to renewable energy. We are working to transition the remainder of the area to a new neighbourhood energy system provided by Creative Energy.

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Documents and studies

View the policies, strategies, studies, and public feedback that have shaped Northeast False Creek.