The long-term growth vision set out in the Cambie Corridor Plan will give residents a variety of opportunities to live, work, shop, play, and learn in the Corridor. 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.
- Provide land use that optimizes the investment in transit.
- Provide a complete community.
- Create a corridor of neighbourhoods that is seamlessly linked to public transit and is easy to walk and cycle through.
- Focus intensity, mix, and community activity at stations and other areas with strategic opportunities for sustainability, renewable energy, and public amenity.
- Provide a range of housing choices and affordability.
- Balance city-wide and regional goals with the existing community and its context.
- Ensure job space and diversity.
Phase 1: Principles and interim rezoning policy (July 2009 – January 2010)
Phase 1 delivered a set of planning principles (above) for the corridor, as well as an interim rezoning policy, adopted by Council on January 22, 2010. The planning principles were used to plan the corridor and continue to guide ongoing planning and development. The interim rezoning policy guided development applications at key sites around stations, leading up to more detailed planning in Phase 2.
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Phase 2 produced the Cambie Corridor Plan (approved by Council May 9, 2011) and repealed the interim rezoning policy.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 core areas. The plan also includes a coordinated strategy for the entire corridor which addresses public benefits, amenities, servicing, and transportation.
Implementation – which is currently underway – includes work on a public realm strategy, a neighbourhood energy strategy, a utilities servicing strategy, and a comprehensive public benefits strategy, as outlined in Phase 2.
Phase 3: Transit-influenced area policy (anticipated mid-2015 start)
Phase 3 is the final stage of planning for the Cambie Corridor, and will build on the foundation of Phases 1 and 2. Phase 3 will focus on consideration of land use and new housing opportunities for the surrounding transit-influenced areas outside of the core areas and within walking distance of Canada Line stations (existing and future).
Phase 3 will prepare for the entire corrider:
- A public benefits strategy to give strategic direction on community facilities, parks, childcare, affordable housing, and more
- A public realm plan to guide public realm features such as sidewalk improvements, landscaping, plazas, benches, and lighting for the entire corridor.
Policies and land use changes developed in Phase 3 are expected to be added to the Cambie Corridor Plan after planning work is complete.