Cambie Corridor Plan

Cambie Street Corridor

The Canada Line and surrounding land uses play an important role in Vancouver’s future and in shaping the unique neighbourhoods of the Cambie Corridor. 

Rapid transit provides a meaningful transportation choice for residents and offers a valuable opportunity to guide transit-oriented growth in a way that supports local neighbourhoods and advances broader citywide goals around livability, affordability, and sustainability.

Approval of the Cambie Corridor Plan in 2011 concluded Phase 2 of the three-phase planning program. The plan:

  • Provides opportunities to integrate development with transit, outlining land use and design policy for key sites along major streets (also called core areas)
  • Sets out an interim public benefits strategy 

Phase 3 of the Cambie Corridor Planning Program, anticipated to begin mid-2015, will focus on creating:

  • Land-use policy for surrounding areas within walking distance of transit (such as exploring new lower scale family-oriented housing options)
  • A detailed public benefits strategy and public realm plan

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Progress with this project

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.

Phase 3 scope of work presented to Council on April 14

April 9, 2015 – We’re getting ready for the final phase of planning in the Cambie Corridor. On April 14, 2015, Council will consider the proposed scope of work for phase three. The scope of work report outlines the key objectives, process, and timing for phase three.

Past progress

Current rezoning applications

Council reports and minutes

Planning program phase 2 – core area development policy
(adoped May 9, 2011)

Planning program phase 1 – planning principles
(adopted January 22, 2010)

Terms of Reference
(adopted July 28, 2009)

Open house information displays

December 13, 2012 public realm open house

Vision

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.

Planning principles

  1. Provide land use that optimizes the investment in transit.
  2. Provide a complete community.
  3. Create a corridor of neighbourhoods that is seamlessly linked to public transit and is easy to walk and cycle through.
  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.

Phases

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 (ongoing)

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.

Background of the area

The Cambie Corridor extends from 16th Avenue to the Fraser River in the south, and generally includes areas within walking distance of four existing Canada Line Stations and two potential future stations.

A transit-oriented community

The Cambie Corridor Planning Program offers a unique opportunity to create a transit-oriented community.

The Canada Line is connected to existing rapid transit lines and other east-west transit services, giving the corridor residents a convenient alternative to driving.

A new look at urbanism in Vancouver

The Cambie Street Corridor will join the downtown peninsula and the Broadway Corridor as a leading example of urbanism in Vancouver.

Emphasizing mid-rise buildings - with taller buildings at Marine Drive and Oakridge - the plan introduces a new form of urbanism in Vancouver.

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