Home, property, and development

Two children in a community garden.

Healthy community in the Northeast False Creek Area Plan

The Northeast False Creek Area Plan seeks to maximize healthy community and well-being.

Replacing the viaducts with a new street network and development of the lands within Northeast False Creek could result in community and social impacts, both to those already living in and around the area, as well as to future residents and business owners.

Social impacts can be best described as alterations to the ways in which people live, work, play, relate to one another, organize, meet their needs, and cope as members of society.

In this respect, social impacts resulting from large-scale development and neighbourhood change can potentially improve or decrease the health and well-being of people.

Social impact mitigation strategies

Growth and change in a community can result in positive and negative impacts.

The following table outlines a strategy for monitoring and mitigating negative impacts based upon our Healthy City Strategy

Healthy City Strategy theme In Northeast False Creek Both in and outside NEFC Outside NEFC
A good start New childcare facilities

New social facilities to support children and families

Increase school capacity  
A home for everyone Ensure mixed-income housing

Provide ample non-market housing

Provide affordable rental housing Seek to secure single room occupancy housing (SROs)
Feeding ourselves well   Support affordable and culturally appropriate food outlets

Increase food assets like community gardens, urban agriculture, farmers’ markets, and produce row

 
Healthy human services Ensure supports for vulnerable and homeless people are in place Retain shower program Ensure ongoing outreach with vulnerable populations
Making ends meet and working well Community benefit agreements for local, low-barrier job creation Ensure affordable commercial space for local, small businesses

Support social enterprise and community economic development

Free and low-cost good and services

Develop policies and encourage partnerships to support local businesses

Retain low-skill and entry-level jobs

Being and feeling safe and included Partner with community policing, local groups, and park rangers to increase safety Ensure low-barrier, inclusive, affordable/free public spaces and community amenities Work with local business improvement areas (BIAs) to promote good neighbour practices
Cultivating connections Accessible and inclusive meeting and event spaces

Animate at-grade retail and public spaces Public realm improvements

Ensure ongoing engagement with Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and cultural communities  
Active living and getting outside New and enhanced parks, green space, and playgrounds Replace skateboard facilities

Ensure parks programming and field access for local residents

Improve connections between parks and local amenities
Lifelong learning Include skills development in community benefit agreements

Meaningfully recognize cultural communities and history

Ensure ongoing engagement with Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and cultural communities  
Expressing ourselves Meaningfully recognize cultural communities and history

Ensure affordable housing and work spaces for local artists

Ensure ongoing engagement with Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and cultural communities

Explore public vending opportunities for artists

Protect heritage buildings and other cultural assets

Retain and secure affordable, accessible cultural spaces

Showcase local arts and culture

Getting around Provide an effective and resilient transportation network for all modes of travel Provide neighbourhood traffic calming where appropriate

Adequate parking and loading areas

Ensure viaduct removal and construction does not result in long-term disruption and displacement

Ensure good cycling and pedestrian connections Ensure access to public transit

Environments to thrive in Develop an impact management plan Integrate new development into surrounding neighbourhoods Ensure viaduct removal and construction does not result in long-term disruption and displacement