Cambie Corridor Planning Program

View of the Cambie Corridor facing Downtown

The Cambie Corridor Planning program guides long-term growth in areas along Cambie Street and its surrounding neighbourhoods.

The Canada Line transit system plays a key role in supporting how the distinct neighbourhoods within the Cambie Corridor grow, and is an important part of Vancouver’s future.

The 19-km line connects residents to jobs, amenities, and services throughout the Corridor and city, linking the area to downtown Vancouver, Richmond, Vancouver International Airport, and to other east-west transit services.

The Cambie Corridor Plan was approved in 2011 and wrapped up the first two phases of the planning program. It set the vision for key properties along major streets and provided a broad strategy for public benefits and spaces, and neighbourhood energy opportunities.

We're working on Phase 3

Phase 3 is about providing more housing options for a diverse, growing population and guiding the integration of community amenities and public spaces. Our focus will be to:

  • Explore more ground-oriented housing options (like townhomes and rowhomes) in the surrounding areas off major streets
  • Provide appropriate transitions between apartment areas on major streets and surrounding single-family neighbourhoods
  • Coordinate community amenities and the design of public spaces

Learn about Phase 3 in the details tab and past phases in the background tab. 


Register for workshops

Fall workshops

This October and November 2015, give your input to help us refine the Phase 3 focus areas, explore new housing types, and discuss ideas for larger unique sites within the Corridor.

Go on a housing tour

Self-guided walking tours

Take a self-guided walking tour with friends and neighbours to explore new housing ideas for the Cambie Corridor, such as townhouses and other ground-oriented options.

Phase 3 progress

"You be the guide" walking tours

July 22, 2015 – From June 27 to July 9, we attended six resident-led walking tours in the Cambie Corridor. Find out where we went, what we saw, and what we heard.

What we heard at the Phase 3 launch eventsUse your phone while you're out in the Corridor to mark your favourite places

June 30, 2015 – Over 1,100 people attended our community drop-in sessions to launch Phase 3. Find out what we heard – places you love, hopes, and concerns – in our public consultation highlights.

View the Phase 3 launch event materials

May 25, 2015 – If you're unable to make it to one of our events, the event materials are available on easy-to-read display boards as PDFs below. We also have opportunities for you to share your community knowledge with us through online asset mapping and through walking tours with our planners – you get a chance to schedule your own tour!

Join us at our Phase 3 launch events

May 8, 2015 – We’re kicking off the Phase 3 planning program with a series of drop-in community sessions. Join us to get an overview of the process, meet the City’s project team, and ask questions.

All three sessions will include the same information and start with a presentation.

Phase 3 scope of work approved by Council

April 20, 2015 – Council approved the scope of work for phase 3 of the Cambie Corridor planning program on April 15th, 2015. Stay tuned for events this spring as the program gets underway.

Previous phases

Council reports and minutes

What we're focusing on in Phase 3

Phase 3 will develop an in-depth plan for the areas within walking distance of rapid transit and explore opportunities to:

  1. Integrate more ground-oriented housing choices, such as townhouses and rowhouses
  2. Create more housing options for families with children
  3. Integrate an effective transition from apartment areas to surrounding lower-density neighbourhoods
  4. Consider long-term redevelopment options for larger, unique sites within the Corridor (like the Balfour site and King Edward Mall)
  5. Coordinate Phase 3 areas with major project sites (such as the RCMP lands and Langara Gardens)
  6. Coordinate amenities and supportive funding strategies like Community Amenity Contributions

Also included:

  • A public benefits strategy to give strategic direction on community facilities, parks, childcare, affordable housing, and more
  • A public realm plan to guide outdoor public features like sidewalk improvements, landscaping, and plazas for key areas of the corridor

Where we're focusing

The overall Phase 3 study area is from West 16th Avenue to the Fraser River between Oak and Ontario streets.

However, our discussion of potential land use changes will be focused in key areas that are:

  1. Within one block of Phase 2 areas
  2. Adjacent to large sites like the RCMP lands and Langara Gardens
  3. Unique and generally large sites like King Edward Mall
  4. Located in the Marpole buffer area, a small area close to Cambie Street that was identified for future planning in the Marpole Community Plan
  5. Located along Oak Street

The initial focus area will be refined through community dialogue and technical analysis early in Phase 3.

Map of Cambie Corridor

See the Phase 3 focus areas and how they relate to the Canada Line, Phase 2 areas, Marpole Community Plan, and other major project sites.

A map of Phase 3 focus areas in the Cambie Corridor Planning Program and how they relate to the Canada Line, Phase 2 areas, Marpole Community Plan, and other major project sites.

View a larger map (160 KB)

How we'll plan and engage with you

We’ll be going out into the community and meeting residents, business owners, and anyone else interested in the future of the corridor to talk about options and hear your views.

Your ideas and feedback will be important in helping to shape the plan.

Step 1: Launch and early dialogue (spring to fall 2015)

In step one, we will:

  • Raise awareness about Phase 3 of the planning program
  • Seek community input on focus areas and explore early ideas for potential land use change and new housing options
  • Refine focus areas based on community input and analysis

Step 2: Policy development (fall 2015 to fall 2016)

In step two, we will:

  • Work with the community to explore policy options for focus areas and identify preferred areas for land use change and new housing options
  • Seek input on draft public realm plan directions and public benefits strategy

Step 3: Draft plan (fall 2016 to winter 2017)

In step three, we will:

  • Prepare draft policy and land use directions for the plan
  • Invite you to review the draft plan, public realm plan, and public benefits strategy

Step 4: Plan approval (winter to spring 2017)

In step four, we will:

  • Modify and refine the plan based on your feedback
  • Present the plan to City Council for consideration

During Phase 3 of the Cambie Corridor Planning Project, one way we'll engage with you is in small group focus, to encourage constructive dialogue on issues.

Cambie Corridor Plan vision

The Cambie Corridor Plan sets out a long-term vision for growth that will give residents opportunities to live, work, shop, play, and learn in the area.

The plan also reflects a commitment to social diversity and addresses affordable housing issues.

To accomplish these goals, the plan envisions a denser mix of housing and work space 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.

Cambie Corridor planning principles

  1. Provide land use that optimizes the investment in transit.
  2. Provide a complete community.
  3. Create a walkable and cycleable corridor of neighbourhoods seamlessly linked to public transit.
  4. Focus intensity, mix, and community activity at stations and other areas with strategic opportunities for sustainability, renewable energy, and public amenity.
  5. Provide a range of housing choices and affordability.
  6. Balance city-wide and regional goals with the existing community and its context.
  7. Ensure job space and diversity.

Planning program phases

Phase 1: Planning principles and interim rezoning policy (July 2009 – January 2010)

Phase 1 delivered a set of planning principles (above) for the Cambie Corridor, as well as an interim rezoning policy, adopted by Council on January 22, 2010.

Phase 2: Core area development policy (January 2010 – May 2011)

Phase 2 produced the Cambie Corridor Plan, approved by Council May 9, 2011, and repealed the interim rezoning policy.

The plan includes policies on land use, design, and built form for sites along the Corridor's major streets.

Phase 3: Transit-influenced area policy (currently in progress)

Phase 3 builds on Phase 2, focusing on land use and new housing opportunities for the surrounding neighbourhoods that are within walking distance of Canada Line stations (existing and future).

This phase will also deliver:

  • A public benefits strategy that will guide the development of community facilities, parks, and childcare centres in the Corridor
  • A public realm plan for features like sidewalk improvements, landscaping, and plazas in the Corridor

Policies and land use changes developed and approved in Phase 3 will be added to the Cambie Corridor Plan.

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