Residential courtyard with trees in False Creek South

False Creek South Neighbourhood Planning Program

We're working on a neighbourhood planning program for False Creek South that will help renew the area and guide growth over the long-term that meets the needs of the community, city, and region.

Phase 1: summer 2017 – summer 2018

Our Neighbourhood Planning team is working with local residents and the broader public to:

  1. Define community-wide planning principles to guide an overall vision for the future of the neighbourhood
  2. Create a detailed plan for the neighbourhood edge (in dark blue on the map below) where there may be more immediate opportunities for change

Our Housing Policy team is developing a draft resident protection and retention plan to:

  1. Ensure that residents on land leased from the City of Vancouver have affordable housing options that provide support and protection if there are issues with redevelopment, renewing leases, or ending leases in the coming decades
  2. Address a variety of possibilities in False Creek South and provide a clear, lasting safety net for local residents
  3. Build on existing City policies for protecting market renters during redevelopment and create new policies to cover all types of tenures on City-owned land in False Creek South

Community office hours

Housing Planners are available to answer questions and receive your feedback on the discussion guide for the draft Resident Protection and Retention Plan during community office hours below.

Dates and times:

Tuesday, November 21, 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Wednesday, November 22, 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, November 23, 8:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, November 25, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Sunday, November 26, 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, November 28, 3:00pm to 6:30pm
Friday, December 1, 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: False Creek Co-op's Western Meeting Room (711 Millyard)  

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What's happening

We are hosting walking tours and a series of themed workshops to inform the first phase of the planning program and focus on developing a vision and community-wide planning principles.

Register to secure your place at these events.

Walking tours

Saturday, November 25, 9:30am - 11:30am
Get details and register

Workshop series

History and context
Saturday, November 25, 1:00pm- 4:00pm
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Saturday, December 2, 9:30am - 12:30pm
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Public realm and open space

Date: Wednesday, January 10 , 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way


Date: Saturday, January 13, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Location: False Creek Elementary School, 900 School Green


Date: Wednesday, January 24, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way

Character and urban design

Date: Saturday, February 3, 3:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: False Creek Community Centre, 1318 Cartwright Street

Facts about the area



Burrard Bridge
Fairview Slopes
Cambie Bridge
False Creek

Land area

Land area

55 hectares
(136 acres)



Around 5,400 people
(2011 Census)

Project timeline

Here is our process and anticipated milestones.

  • May 2017

    City Council approves terms of reference

  • Summer 2017

    Launch the neighbourhood planning program

    • What our Neighbourhood Planning team did: Identified assets and opportunities in False Creek South based on your feedback and additions to our online asset map.
    • Who we consulted with: Local residents and the broader public
  • We are here
  • Fall 2017 and
    winter 2018

    Define the vision for the neighbourhood

    Prepare a draft resident protection and retention plan

    • What our Neighbourhood Planning team will do: Receive applications for our planning advisory group and decide on members. Host walking tours and workshops. Host open houses to share our learning outcomes and seek your input to draft neighbourhood-wide planning principles. Seek feedback in-person and online.
    • What our Housing Policy team will do: Hold tenure-based workshops with False Creek South residents and members. Seek feedback in-person and online on the provisional retention plan. Report to Council with a draft retention plan after the consultation.
    • Who we'll consult with: Local residents, the broader public, citywide stakeholders, and the False Creek South Planning Advisory Group
    • What we'll create: Draft neighbourhood planning principles and a draft retention plan
  • Winter and
    spring 2018

    Develop the plan and related policy

    • What our Neighbourhood Planning team will do: Host an intensive design workshop (charrette) to generate ideas. Host open houses to consult with you and seek your help to create draft policy options for phase 1, the neighbourhood edge.
    • Who we'll consult with: Local residents, the broader public, citywide stakeholders, and the False Creek South Planning Advisory Group
    • What we'll create: Draft policy option for phase 1, the neighbourhood edge
  • Summer 2018

    Report back to City Council

Past updates

July 2017

Our Neighbourhood Planning team asked you to map the places that:

  • Define the assets, values, and unique qualities that we need to consider to renew the neighbourhood vision
  • Could be changed to improve the neighbourhood

As well, our team asked what you thought about housing, transportation, neighbourhood character, and public engagement in a form during June 22 and July 21. 

Thank you to everyone who participated. We'll use your comments and ideas to inform the neighbourhood planning program over the next 14 months.

June 2017

Our Neighbourhood Planning and Housing Policy teams held a launch event on June 22 for you to learn about the planning process and how you can get involved. Our teams asked you about the places you love in False Creek South and the places that could be improved in its future.

View the open house information displays PDF file (10 MB)

May 2017

City Council approved the terms of reference for a planning process in False Creek South at the May 30 regular Council meeting.

Council also instructed our teams to report back with nominations for the False Creek South Planning Advisory Group and to engage with neighbourhood, community, and citywide stakeholders to develop a resident protection and retention plan.

Read the Council report PDF file (2 MB)

Read the meeting minutes PDF file (50 KB)

January 2017

City Council approved the False Creek South Engagement Principles at the January 25 Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting.

Council also instructed our teams to prepare a terms of reference for a False Creek South planning process and to explore affordable housing options for False Creek South residents to remain in the neighbourhood, in line with the City’s affordable housing policies and programs.

Read the Council report PDF file (700 KB)

Read the meeting minutes PDF file (140 KB)

Summer and fall 2016

Before starting the neighbourhood planning program and work on lease issues, our teams consulted with False Creek South residents and stakeholders on key engagement principles. Together, we created 12 engagement principles to help inform future decisions about the neighbourhood and our work approach.

Read the engagement principles PDF file (70 KB)