Cambie Corridor looking southeast over Queen Elizabeth Park and Oakridge

Cambie Corridor Planning Program

Join the conversation - Spring 2017 open house

Join the conversation and continue to help us shape the future of the Corridor through our online consultation (May through June) and our Cambie Corridor - 2017 spring open houses. 

These events will be a chance to discuss and provide feedback on all of the draft plan directions presented over the spring and learn about planning for the Oakridge Municipal Town Centre area.

Open houses

Thursday, June 15
Oakridge Centre Auditorium, 650 West 41st Ave

Saturday, June 17
11:00am – 5:00pm
Oakridge Centre Auditorium, 650 West 41st Ave

 Please note these two events will provide the same content at two time options.

How we'll use your feedback

Following the open houses, we will use your feedback to modify and refine the final, comprehensive Cambie Corridor Plan, which we are targeting to present to City Council for consideration in late fall 2017/early 2018.

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.

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

The 19-km Canada 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.

Draft plan directions update: April 2017 

Work continues on the Cambie Corridor Phase 3 Planning Program.

This spring, we’ll be sharing more updates and asking for your feedback on several topics through online consultation:

  • May – Proposed Draft Land Use Plan
  • June – Draft Plan Policy and Directions, including Oakridge Municipal Town Centre area planning

We’ll also be out in the community in mid-June with public open house events to talk to you in person about what’s happening with the plan. The open houses will be a chance to discuss and provide feedback on all of the themes presented over the spring.

We look forward to sharing the progress and hearing from you as we move towards a final comprehensive Cambie Corridor Plan.

What we’ve heard so far

Since the launch of the Phase 3 planning program, we’ve heard from over 3,600 people! You’ve told us about your hopes for the future, and about your concerns.

A few of the key themes have been:  

  • Concerns about the housing affordability crisis, especially for families, and the need for a stronger focus on affordable rental housing.
  • Desire for transit-oriented developments with more housing around Canada Line stations and near bus routes.
  • Need for an improved public transportation system.
  • Ensuring provision of community amenities to support the growing Corridor communities.
  • Concerns about the pace of change occurring along the main Corridor and arterials.

Oakridge Municipal Town Centre Area Planning

We're taking a closer look at the Oakridge Municipal Town Centre.

Coming soon: Update on proposed land use

Check back in mid-May for an update on the proposed land use for the Cambie Corridor.

Contact the project team

Planning Information Line
– Vancouver South

604-873-7038 ext 3

Phase 3 (April 2015 to now)

Phases 1 and 2 (2009 to 2012)

Current rezoning applications

Council reports and minutes

Workshop materials and summaries

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.

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 fall 2017)

In step three, we will:

  • Prepare draft directions for the plan
  • Invite you to review the proposed Plan directions
  • Modify and refine the Plan based on feedback

Step 4: Plan approval (late fall 2017/winter 2018)

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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Cambie Corridor Plan (17.63 MB)

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