Aerial view of False Creek South and Downtown

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

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What's happening

Provisional Vision Statement and Guiding Planning Principles Approved

On May 16, 2018, Council unanimously approved the adoption of the False Creek South Provisional Vision Statement and Guiding Planning Principles.

The Vision and Principles, which are an outcome of an extensive ten-month consultation process with residents, surrounding communities, and the broader public, are intended to set the foundation for the long-term planning of False Creek South.

Council also unanimously approved a pause in the neighbourhood planning process so that strata, co-op and non-market lease negotiations can take place with residents before further detailed planning work for the area is resumed.

Long-term comprehensive planning for False Creek South will occur at an appropriate time, when greater clarity is reached on lease negotiations for City land in the community.

We would like to once again thank the 1,800+ participants who contributed to Phase 1 of the False Creek South planning program.

Facts about the area

Boundaries

Boundaries

Burrard Bridge
Fairview Slopes
Cambie Bridge
False Creek

Land area

Land area

55 hectares
(136 acres)

Population

Population

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
  • Fall 2017 and
    winter 2018

    Explore the vision for the neighborhood

    • What our Neighbourhood Planning team did: Received applications for our planning advisory group. Hosted walking tours and workshops to identify core values, issues, and ideas for the future.
    • What our Housing Policy team did: Held tenure-based workshops with False Creek South residents and members. Asked for feedback in-person and online on the provisional retention plan. Reported to Council with a draft retention plan after the consultation.
    • Who we consulted with: Local residents, the broader public, and key citywide stakeholders.
    • What we created: Draft neighbourhood guiding principles and a draft retention plan
  • Spring 2018

    Develop a Provisional Resident Protection and Retention Plan, and draft and refine neighborhood guiding principals

    • What our Neighbourhood Planning team will do: Host open houses to share our learning outcomes and seek your input on draft neighborhood-wide planning principles. Seek feedback online and in-person.
    • Who we'll consult with: Local residents and the broader public
    • What we'll create: A Provisional Resident Protection and Retention Plan and provisional guiding principles.
  • We are here
  • Summer 2018

    Report back to City Council

Past updates

April 2018

Two co-design workshops were held at False Creek Elementary School, with students imagining their community and activities in the future. Grade 5 students drew out their visions individually, while the grade 7's had theirs captured by facilitators.

March 2018

The last several months we hosted a series of themed workshops and walking tours to help inform the first phase of the planning program. These events focused on developing a vision and community-wide planning principles.

We asked for your feedback the draft planning principles and community vision presented at the March 13 and 14 open houses. An online questionnaire was open until March 22, 2018. Thank you to everyone who participated. Your feedback will be used to help us refine the draft vision and principles further.

Council unanimously approved the Provisional Resident Protection and Retention Plan

March 14, 2018 - City Council unanimously approved the Provisional Resident Protection and Retention Plan for False Creek South. This provisional plan is intended to create a safety net that can support resident and community retention in the event of resident displacement triggered by development, redevelopment or end of lease terms.

November and December 2017

Online survey

Thank you to everyone that provided feedback on the emerging False Creek South Resident Protection and Retention Plan. The online survey closed December 20, 2017.

Walking tours and workshops

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

The walking tours took place on Saturday, November 25, 9:30am - 11:30am

View the collection of workshop materials below.

Workshop topic Materials Your feedback
History and context Workshop summary  (618 KB)
Sustainability Workshop summary (631 KB)
Public realm and open space Workshop summary  (6 MB)
Housing Workshop summary  (4.2 MB)
Transportation Workshop summary  (12 MB)
Character and Urban Design Workshop summary  (3.08 MB)

Community office hours

During late November and early December, Housing Planners were available to answer questions and receive feedback on the discussion guide for the draft Resident Protection and Retention Plan.

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)

False Creek South Planning Advisory Group

We are looking for members for the Planning Advisory Group, who will help us renew the vision for the future of False Creek South.

Applications closed at 4:00pm on Thursday, November 2, 2017. Thank you to all of those who applied. Please note applications are currently being reviewed. Thanks to everyone who has applied for the False Creek South Advisory Group. Due to a change in timing of the planning program milestones, such as design charrette, the convening of the Advisory Group has been delayed so as to make the best use of volunteer time. We will be in touch with selected applicants on revised timing details.

Learn more about the False Creek South Planning Advisory Group

Panel discussion: False Creek South Conversations: Looking Back to Look Forward

On November 7, 2017 we invited the public to celebrate the past and look forward to the future of False Creek South with our panel of expert speakers:

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: Launch event

We launched the False Creek South planning process on June 22, 2017, complete with a barbeque lunch and activities for kids. Event guests met the project team, asked questions, shared what they love about the False Creek South neighbourhood. Guests also found out how to get involved to help shape the future of the area.

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.

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.

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)