The Cambie Corridor plan began in 2009. Here are the key developments of the project:
Members of the public were given the opportunity to have their say on the phases of the Cambie Corridor project through a series of open houses, workshops and meetings.
For Phase One, a series of three open houses were held in September 2009. The open houses offered an opportunity for the public to learn about the principles of the plan and provide feedback as the process moved from Phase One to Phase Two.
For Phase Two, a series of three open houses were held in November and December 2010. This second round of open houses further discussed the Cambie Corridor plan, giving community members the chance to give feedback on the character of the space, desired amenities, land use and public space opportunities.
In October 2009, the City held two workshops to get feedback on the draft principles. Over 50 participants attended the workshops.
Neighbourhood walkabout workshops
In June, September and October 2010, the City planners met with residents in the King Edward, Oakridge/Langara and Marine Drive station areas. They walked through the neighbourhood and discussed concerns and ideas for future planning.
The walkabouts were followed by a workshop to document and record the ideas, comments and suggestions.
Consultation with senior high school students
On 26 May and 1 June 2010, City planners met with senior students from Eric Hamber and Churchill Secondary Schools to discuss youth perspectives and ideas on the future uses of the Corridor.
Youth engagement workshop
On 25 October 2010 the City held a workshop at Churchill Secondary School to bring youth leaders together to talk about the public engagement elements along the Cambie Corridor.
Leading up to the workshop, participants were given background information on the planning project and asked to explore the neighbourhood with a camera. Participants took photographs along the Cambie Corridor, exploring the streets, lanes and parks. The youth leaders then discussed their observations of the potential challenges and improvements at the workshop.
Marine Drive workshop
One 2 November 2010, residents near the Marine Drive station were invited to participate in a workshop to explore elements of urban design, public engagement, transportation and public benefits around the station.
Marine Landing workshop
On 17 January 2011, the City held a workshop to discuss plans for the Marine Landing area. Advocates for key sites around the Cambie Corridor presented their ideas for Marine Landing based on community feedback.
To complete the Marine Landing area, the City's ongoing work will include a traffic study, a retail impact assessment and a public benefits strategy.
Urban design panel workshops
The City held urban design panel workshops on 16 June 2010 and 26 January 2011 to provide updates on the Cambie Corridor plan. These workshops presented the evolving plan for the Marine Landing precinct for review and comments.
Core area group meetings
The City held core area group meetings in March 2010, May 2010, November 2010 and finally in April 2011 with the King Edward, Oakridge/Langara and Marine Landing core area groups. The meetings gave regular updates on the Cambie Corridor plan, provided answers to any questions and identified the next steps.
The opening of the Canada Line along Cambie Street and its connection to existing downtown rapid transit lines has given area residents a convenient alternative to driving.
There are also a number of large sites along the Corridor that can be used to create low carbon district energy systems.
The Cambie Corridor plan will take advantage of these two building blocks of sustainability – integrating them with greater land use density and amenities – to build and enhance neighourhoods along the Corridor.
The Cambie Corridor plan introduces a new form of urbanism to Vancouver, with mostly mid-rise buildings, and taller buildings at key locations such as Marine Drive and Oakridge.
The Cambie Corridor plan will give residents a variety of opportunities to live, work, shop and learn. The plan also reflects the City’s commitment to social diversity and addresses affordable housing issues.
To accomplish these goals, the City will integrate a denser mix of housing and workspace with transit and cleaner energy sources. There will be a focus on key amenities, such as shopping, local gathering places, improved parks, community facilities, and civic spaces.
Job space will be focused strategically in neighbourhood centres, existing shopping areas, and areas located close to transit stations.
The seven guiding principals of the Cambie Corridor plan are to:
- Provide land use that optimizes the investment in transit
- Create a complete community
- Create a walkable and cycleable corridor of neighbourhoods seamlessly linked to public transit
- Focus community activity around transit stations and areas with strategic opportunities for sustainability, renewable energy, and public amenities
- Provide a range of housing choices and affordability
- Balance city-wide and regional goals with the community and its context
- Ensure job space and diversity
The Cambie Corridor plan includes three phases. View a summary of the project phases:
- Phase One of the Cambie Corridor planning program delivered a set of planning principles for the Corridor, as well as an interim rezoning policy, adopted by Council on 22 January 2010.
- The planning principles were used to plan the area along the Corridor and are consulted for future development plans.
- The interim rezoning policy informed development applications at key sites around stations, leading up to more detailed Phase Two planning.
- On 9 May 2011, Council approved the Cambie Corridor plan and repealed the interim rezoning policy.
- Phase Two of the Cambie Corridor planning program resulted in the approval of the Cambie Corridor plan.
- The Cambie Corridor plan includes policies on land use, design and built form for sites along the Corridor's core areas.
- The Cambie Corridor plan also includes a coordinated strategy for the entire Corridor which includes public benefits, an amenity strategy, a servicing strategy and a transportation plan.
- Implementation - which is currently underway - includes work on a public realm strategy, a district energy strategy, a utilities servicing strategy, and a comprehensive public benefits strategy, as outlined in Phase 2.
- Timing for Phase Three is still to be determined.
- In May 2011, Council approved Phase Three of the Cambie Corridor planning program, and requested it be integrated with other community planning exercises.
- Phase 3 planning for areas north of 57th Avenue will begin following completion of the implementation work currently underway.
- Phase 3 areas south of 57th Avenue - areas within Marpole - will be addressed as part of the Marpole Community Plan.
- Construction in transit influenced areas will be informed by the Cambie Corridor terms of reference and the Phase Two plan.