False Creek Flats Planning Program

This aerial view of False Creek Flats shows land used by a mix of industries, institutions, and offices.

The City of Vancouver is working with the Vancouver Economic Commission to develop a plan for this unique economic neighourhood within our city. We'll work with you to help the Flats flourish as a more productive, sustainable, and connected area of our city. At every stage, you'll get to share your ideas and feedback to help shape our vision for the Flats and to define its role in our future.

What's happening?

Questionnaire: What do you think about the options for a Prior-Venables replacement?

We asked for your ideas and concerns about the options for replacing the Prior-Venables arterial street in the False Creek Flats PDF file (2 MB) in an online questionnaire from March 31 to April 18. Your responses will help us to shape the future of the False Creek Flats.

March 31 open house: discuss options for a new arterial street in the Flats

We invited you to learn about and discuss the options for replacing the Prior-Venables arterial street in the False Creek Flats PDF file (2 MB). The planning work is part of a strategy to remove conflicts between the street network and rail lines.

Past updates


The study area boundary is Main Street to the west, Prior and Venables streets to the north, Clark Drive to the east, and Great Northern Way to the south. 

How we'll plan and engage with you

During the entire planning process, we'll seek your input online and consult with an advisory group representing the diverse stakeholders in the Flats.

Phase 1: Framework and principles (3 months)

Following up on the business survey we conducted, we'll hold a launch event and workshops to help us understand and analyze key issues of the Flats.

Phase 2: Emerging directions (4 months)

Next, we'll hold workshops and an open house, and staff an onsite office, to help us create proposals and strategies for the area's future. These will form the plan's emerging directions.

Phase 3: Draft directions (5 months)

We'll host an event about the plan's emerging directions, prepare the draft plan, and refine the proposals to reflect the priorities and actions to take.

Phase 4: Final plan (4 months)

We'll hold another open house to consult with you, and present the final plan to City Council for adoption. After, we'll begin implementing the plan's strategies.

Our guiding principles

  1. Retain and intensify "back of house" industrial functions.
  2. Increase job capacity, with a focus on green jobs and economy.
  3. Ensure that food security and the food economy continue to have a strong presence in the Flats.
  4. Create and foster a unique sense of identity.
  5. Plan for the long-term presence of rail.
  6. Celebrate and enhance arts and culture.
  7. Recognize the historic importance of the area.
  8. Identify opportunities to create new and enhanced public gathering spaces.
  9. Seek creative and temporary uses for underutilized land.
  10. Improve traffic circulation by introducing new streets and connections for people walking and cycling.
  11. Maintain an efficient network of arterial streets essential for goods movement.
  12. Consult the public and all stakeholders in a meaningful way.

Related projects

Work leading up to this project

Since the late 1980s, a lot of our industrial lands near downtown changed into mixed-use developments with homes, businesses, and amenities. This shift put a lot of pressure on our remaining industrial land, including the False Creek Flats.

Even though our land that prohibits residential uses makes up only 10 per cent of Vancouver's land area, it’s where half of us work. These lands are near transit, rail, roads, and ports, but away from residential areas. This lets businesses run non-stop operations and make noise, light, and odours without affecting people at home.

Since these lands are vital yet vulnerable, we created these studies and policies to balance the need for job space and development. 

Year  Study or policy  Outcomes 


Industrial Lands Strategy 

  • Identified the Flats as an essential area to preserve for industrial, transportation and service needs

1996 – 1999 

False Creek Flats Preliminary Concept Plan

I-2 and I-3 Industrial Zoning District Schedules and Design Guidelines 

  • Created directions to keep traditional light industry in the eastern Flats, while allowing for high-tech offices near transit and neighbouring communities
  • Divided the Flats industrial lands into two zones (I-2 and I-3 industrial)


False Creek Flats Structure Plan 

  • Aimed to better connect the area with improved public spaces
  • Assumed freight rail was leaving


Transportation and rail study 

  • Reaffirmed the importance of rail lands
  • Identified the need to grade-separate road vehicles from rail along the Burrard Inlet Line to the Port


Metro Core Jobs and Economy Land Use Plan

  • Developed a long-term strategy to accommodate future economic needs
  • Created policies to address a shortage of commercial and business land in the face of expected job growth
  • Reconfirmed the Flats as a key area for jobs and economic activity
  • Led to rezoning policy for general office use in the I-3 zone


Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy 

  • Protected key employment lands from residential development
  • Identified and preserved industrial and mixed-employment zones in the region

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Learn about the Flats

False Creek Flats Area Profile
Read the area profile (PDF, 17 MB)

A green enterprise zone is coming to the Flats

Vancouver Economic Commission

Our project partners at VEC are working to build a green enterprise zone in the False Creek Flats.

So far, they engaged businesses, built up project partnerships, and uncovered the story of the Flats.

Read VEC's update
(PDF, 2.4 MB)
Learn more about the green enterprise zone