Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Review

Joyce-Collingwood Station
Photograph by Pictometry International Corp.

Summary of the draft plan

By City of Vancouver

Download the summary: English version (2 MB), 中文版 (3 MB)

The City is reviewing the area around Joyce-Collingwood Station to:

  • Update policies adopted in 1987 as part of the Joyce Station Area Plan
  • Consider changes to the area’s sidewalk, road, and cycling networks that respond to upgrades at the SkyTrain station and bus exchange

As part of the review, we will explore:

  • Land use, density, and building forms
  • Transportation - improved safety and connections for people walking, cycling, driving, and taking transit
  • Improved public spaces
  • Amenities needed to support additional population

What is the plan?

The Station Precinct Plan will encourage more transit-supportive, mixed-use, walkable development around the SkyTrain station.

New building forms will unify the blocks immediately around the station with Collingwood Village and transition from taller buildings at the station down to the single-family areas.
Improved pedestrian linkages and expanded opportunities for an active local shopping street will create a more physically and socially connected neighbourhood.

3D model (605.34 KB)

See a model that shows the future buildout of the station precinct area in the draft plan.

September 2016

Zoning amendments passed by Council

September 20, 2016 - After Council heard from speakers and reviewed correspondence, Council approved the proposed zoning amendments to introduce RM-7AN and RM-9BN zoning in the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan area. Applications under the new zoning may now be submitted.

Public hearing: implementation of new zoning districts

September 7, 2016 - Council will consider amendments to the Zoning and Development Bylaw to add two new districts proposed by the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 6:00pm
Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue
Third Floor, Council Chamber

If approved, some properties within the Plan area would be rezoned to RM-7AN to allow for duplexes/townhouses, and to RM-9BN to allow for apartments. These zoning changes would help implement the Plan by allowing for more housing in close proximity to rapid transit.

June 2016

City Council approved the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan PDF file (10 MB) on June 28 with amendments. The amendments are on pages 9 to 12 of the meeting minutes.

The next major step for City Council is to consider proposed amendments to the Zoning and Development Bylaw at an upcoming public hearing. The proposed amendments would rezone several areas to allow the future possibility of townhouses and 4-storey apartments.

We presented the plan to City Council at the June 14 regular Council meeting. Council referred the plan to the June 15 Standing Committee on City Finance and Services meeting to hear from speakers.

We held plan release tent event on June 1 to talk about the draft plan and share a 3D model of the future buildout of the area.

May 2016

We participated in the Collingwood Days Festival that was held on May 28 to talk about the draft plan and share a 3D model of the future buildout of the area.

April 2016

We sent a newsletter (1 MB) in late March to provide an update on the progress of Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan. The newsletter included details on two opportunities to provide information, answer questions, and improve understanding about the Station Precinct Plan.

We held an open house on April 13 to share the proposed zoning changes to permit duplex, townhouse, and four-storey apartment buildings in the transition area, and to take questions.

We held a learning session on April 6 to provide an overview of the plan and have in-depth discussions on

  • Transportation and pedestrian connections
  • Housing affordability
  • Amenities
  • Building types and heights

February 2016

We held open houses on February 3 and 6 to discuss

  1. A preferred option for new development to be recommended as part of the rezoning policy for the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan
  2. Draft policies on key topics such as housing and commercial uses

View the open house information displays:

At the February 3 open house, many people had common questions, and in response we provided a frequently asked questions and answers document at the second open house held February 6.

We asked what you thought of the preferred land use option and draft rezoning policy for the Joyce-Collingwood area in an online questionnaire from February 3 to March 4. Thanks to everyone who provided their feedback.

Past updates

Update policies adopted in 1987 as part of the Joyce Station Area Plan

The Joyce Station Area Plan (1987) resulted in the development of many new building types in the area, such as those in Collingwood Village. Nearly 30 years later, the plan’s policies are being revisited.

The City’s Transportation 2040 Plan contains directions to “prioritize and encourage a dense and diverse mix of services, amenities, jobs, and housing types in areas well served by frequent, high-capacity transit.” Creating policy that would guide the creation of new housing options, shops, and amenities near Joyce-Collingwood Station will help to achieve this direction.

SkyTrain station upgrades and BC Parkway improvements

TransLink is upgrading Joyce-Collingwood Station to improve passenger capacity, accessibility, safety, and comfort. The upgrades will mean changes to how transit users access the station, and it may mean changes for both drivers and pedestrians in the area.

The station upgrade will be completed in two phases. Phase 1 will begin in 2015, and will include expanding the station house on the east side of Joyce Street and relocating the kiss and ride facility. Phase 2 will include the construction of a new bus loop on the east side of Joyce Street, as well as, an upgrade to the BC Parkway multi-use trail, separating trail users from vehicles. The date for beginning Phase 2 is to be determined.

Review process steps

  1. Program start-up
  2. Develop guiding principles and create options
  3. Evaluate and refine options
  4. Finalize recommended options and report to Council

Current land use and development guidelines

The City initiated the advanced light rapid transit planning program in 1981 in response to the first SkyTrain line, the Expo Line. The Joyce Station Area Plan was adopted in 1987, which led to revised zoning and design guidelines for development near Joyce Station to address SkyTrain impacts.

Major development studies and reports

Learn about major developments near Joyce-Collingwood Station.


Contact a planner

Michelle Yip



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Learn about station upgrades

Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain Station

TransLink is increasing passenger capacity and improving accessibility at Joyce-Collingwood Station.

Visit TransLink's project webpage
3D model