The City’s key objectives for the Eastern Core are to:
- Focus on green jobs and green economy in False Creek Flats, exploring a range of development potential in the west and south
- Maintain and improve the light industrial and transportation focus of the area
- Maintain or improve existing rail functionality and goods movement capacity
- Improve street, pedestrian and cycling connections in the area, and between neighbouring communities
- Respond to the challenges of climate change affected by sea-level rise, increased rainfall, and storms
The Eastern Core strategy will be developed through a combination of studies, public input, and recommendations from an urban design team.
The process will consist of five stages:
The City gave members of the public two opportunities to have a say in the future of False Creek Flats: an ideas competition and a series of public workshops.
re:CONNECT public ideas competition
In September 2011, the City launched a public ideas competition to generate fresh ideas for alternate uses of the viaducts and the Eastern Core. The competition had three areas of focus: connecting the core, visualizing the viaducts, and the wildcard (ideas that pushed the envelope).
The purpose of the ideas competition was to encourage the public, as well as urban designers, to think creatively about the future of the viaducts. The best ideas were selected by a panel of experts in architecture, urban design, academia, and sustainability.
Members of the public were encouraged to vote online for a people's choice winner. Staff will consider the best and most relevant ideas when drawing up the final plan.
After considering the information from the design competition, studies, and stakeholder consultation, the City gave the public another chance to comment on the draft plan.
The City will host a series of public workshops, and use the feedback when creating the final detailed plan.