Recent developments with this community plan
Share your thoughts about transportation in Marpole with City staff on the June 25 cycling tour
June 17, 2014 – Next Wednesday, take a morning bike ride through Marpole with staff from our Transportation Division. Along the way, we'll explore:
- How people cycle around Marpole
- How the bike routes identified in the Marpole Community Plan could be improved
- Priority areas for improvement
Get tour details and register online now
Let’s develop a transportation strategy for Marpole
June 17, 2014 – Staff with the City's Transportation Division are working towards a Transportation Implementation Strategy to prioritize and implement the transportation policies in the Marpole Community Plan. We will be holding a series of meetings to:
- Share information about the City's transportation planning and design principles, opportunities, and challenges
- Listen to Marpole residents, businesses, community groups, and service providers to help us develop a strategy to implement the transportation policies in the approved Marpole Community Plan that reflect the community's transportation priorities
Read an overview of the Transportation Implementation Strategy (220 KB)
Zoning amendments passed by Council
May 14, 2014 – After Council heard from speakers and reviewed correspondence, it approved the proposed zoning amendments that introduced two new zones in Marpole (RM-8/RM8-N and RM-9/RM-9N). It is anticipated the zones will be enacted in early June, enabling applications for the new housing types to be received shortly afterward.
Speak at a Public Hearing on proposed Marpole zoning amendments on May 13
May 2, 2014 – As part of implementing the new Marpole Community Plan, amendments have been proposed to the Zoning and Development Bylaw to allow the future possibility of townhouses/rowhouses, and 4-storey apartments in select areas in Marpole (Section 18.2 in the Marpole Community Plan).
The proposed changes include the following new zones and guidelines:
- RM-8 and RM-8N: Townhouse/rowhouse Zones
- RM-9 and RM-9N: 4-storey Apartment Zones
City Council will consider the proposed amendments at a Public Hearing on:
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 6:00pm
City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue, Third Floor
Marpole Community Plan approved by Council
April 2, 2014 – The Marpole Community Plan was approved by City Council today, along with a fixed-rate target for Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) in 6-storey apartment areas, and new district schedules to be referred to public hearing.
The next major step is for Council 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 townhouse/rowhouses and 4-storey apartments (Section 18.2 in the Marpole Community Plan). Stay tuned as the implementation of the Marpole Community Plan continues.
Council to consider draft plan on April 2
March 19, 2014 – City Council is scheduled to review the draft plan and related staff report on April 2, 2014.
You can comment directly to Council or sign up to speak to Council after the staff report presentation.
City releases proposed draft Marpole Community Plan
February 17, 2014 – The City has released the proposed draft of the Marpole Community Plan to be considered by City Council. We invite you to attend one of our learning sessions to find out more about the plan. You can also view the plan in detail online and submit any comments directly to Council for their consideration. Write to: email@example.com, or sign up to speak to Council once a date is set.
Highlights of the proposed draft community plan:
- Includes policy direction for land use, housing, transportation, parks and public spaces, community amenities, heritage, and more
- Focuses growth along or near major streets, where transit, shops and services are available
- Provides direction on community facilities to serve a growing population
- Improves affordable housing, parks and open space, transportation, and local business vitality
More learning sessions added
February 13, 2014 – We’ve had a lot of interest in our upcoming learning sessions, so we are adding three additional sessions:
- Monday, February 17, 1:00 – 3:00pm
- Tuesday, February 18, 12:00 – 2:00pm
- Saturday, February 22, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Sign up early for a learning session on the proposed draft plan
February 3, 2014 – The Marpole planning team is about to release the proposed draft community plan for Council consideration. Sign up early to one of six learning sessions for an in-depth view. Each session will be identical, with a presentation and opportunity for discussion.
Learning session dates and times
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- Monday, February 17, 3:30 – 5:30pm
- Wednesday, February 19, 6:00 – 8:00pm
- Thursday, February 20, 1:00 – 3:00pm
- Thursday, February 20, 6:00 – 8:00pm
- Friday, February 21, 1:00 – 3:00pm
- Saturday, February 22, 1:30 – 3:30pm
Community discussions on the newly revised draft plan
December 18, 2013 – During November and December 2013, the Marpole planning team hosted a number of events to share the revisions made to the draft Marpole Community Plan, and to give the community opportunities to learn more, ask the planners questions, and share their feedback and concerns. Find out what we heard and view the presentation from the Dialogue Sessions.
November 7, 2013 – Explore the recent changes and details of the Marpole Community Plan. We have created plan highlights which you can explore above. Full draft policy details relating to housing, transportation, parks, community facilities, arts and culture, heritage and more, can be found under the Documents tab.
October 30, 2013 – For the past 18 months, we've been working with residents, businesses, and other stakeholders on a new community plan for Marpole. In June 2013, we received community feedback on a draft Marpole Community Plan. Since then, we've made some changes and will continue to work with the community on creating a successful new plan.
To learn more, join us at any of the following events:
Drop-in for a one-on-one discussion with the planners:
- Wednesday, November 13, 4:00pm - 7:00pm, Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre
- Friday, November 15, 10:00am - 1:00pm, Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre
- Wednesday, November 20, 4:00pm - 7:00pm, Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre
- Friday, November 22, 10:00am - 1:00pm, St. Augustine's Church
- Tuesday, November 26, 10:00am - 1:00pm, St. Augustine's Church
- Wednesday, November 27, 4:00pm - 7:00pm, Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre
- Tuesday, December 3, 4:00pm - 7:00pm, St. Augustine's Church
- Wednesday, December 4, 10:00am - 1:00pm, St. Augustine's Church
All materials from the coffee talks are available in the Documents tab.
Help us spread the word about the coffee shop series:
Community Dialogue Sessions
Come to a presentation by City staff and follow-up dialogue session:
- Saturday, November 30, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
- Saturday, December 7, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Both sessions will include the same presentation.
Due to room capacity limits, registration is required. Register or find more information on the event:
Kitchen Table Talks
Staff are also available to meet with small groups of residents, businesses or organizations (10-20 people) in your community. If you'd like to arrange an informal small group session with the planners, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council's motion on next steps for the community plans
September 27, 2013 – On September 25, 26, and 27, Council met to discuss the "Community Plans: Next Steps" report. On the final day, Council passed a motion to defer the Marpole Community Plan for additional consultation, to be considered by Council no later than March 31, 2014.
View feedback on the draft plan
September 20, 2013 – In June 2013, the City hosted three open houses on the draft Marpole Community Plan. Community members provided their feedback via questionnaire (on paper or online), discussions with staff, and comments on sticky notes. Find out what we heard and view the results of the feedback.
Answers to frequently heard questions about the draft plan, in English and Chinese
September 20, 2013 – Get answers to your questions about the draft plan, in English and Chinese. Read our bulletin that responds to questions we frequently heard in the feedback. Bulletin topics include:
- Zoning and rezoning
- Neighbourhood character
- Housing affordability
- Property tax
- Infrastructure and amenities
Staff to update Council on next steps for community plans
September 17, 2013 – Staff published the report "Community Plans: Next Steps" about the process and next steps for community planning work in Downtown Eastside, Grandview-Woodland, Marpole, and West End. Council will discuss this report on Wednesday, September 25 at 9:30am, at the City Finance and Services Committee meeting.
Council directs staff to review community plan schedule
August 1, 2013 – On Tuesday, July 23 Council directed staff to review the schedule for the four Community Plan processes currently underway.
Staff will look at progress to date and feedback gathered through the consultation process so far, in order to identify options for possible additional steps and a revised timeline and budget for each of the four plans. Staff will present a report and recommendations to Council on this matter in late September.
The staff report will be available online prior to the meeting and community members will have the opportunity to provide comment on in writing (via mail or email) or in person, on the day of the meeting.
Details on the specific meetings dates and times will be posted here as soon as they are available.
Thank you for your feedback on the draft Marpole Community Plan!
July 9, 2013 – On Wednesday, June 26, the City held its third and final open house on the draft plan directions for Marpole. All of the open house boards are available in the Documents tab.
The questionnaire related to draft plan directions is now closed. Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback. The comments collected will be used to make further refinements to the final version of the Marpole Community Plan.
Thin Street project no longer on the table in Marpole Community Plan
June 24, 2013 – On Saturday, June 22, the City hosted an open house on the Marpole Community Plan. Part of the open house was set aside to hear the opinions of residents from Marpole regarding the Thin Streets idea, which originated during public consultation by the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability. Specifically, the City was seeking feedback on a potential Thin Street pilot project on Ash Street, between West 59th Avenue and West 64th Avenue.
At the open house, and in the days leading up to it, residents told us they did not support the Thin Streets concept on Ash Street, and in Marpole in general. As such, we will no longer be pursuing a Thin Streets project in the Marpole area and the idea will not be included in the upcoming community plan. We very much appreciate you taking the time to respectfully let us know your thoughts.
What do you think about the draft plan directions?
June 21, 2013 – If you’re not able to attend one of our open houses (June 22, 24, 26) or would prefer to provide input in the comfort of your own home, this is your chance. Share your views on the draft plan directions for Marpole in our online questionnaire.
The questionnaire closed on July 7, 2013
Open houses on draft plan directions
Join us at an open house to review the draft plan directions. It's another opportunity to offer your feedback for the final Marpole Community Plan. A community plan only happens once every 30 years. Help shape your community's future!
Event date : Saturday, June 22, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Location: 8138 Granville Street Storefront (at West 65th Avenue)
Event date: Monday, June 24, 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Marpole Place Neighbourhood House, 1305 West 70th Avenue
Event date: Wednesday, June 26, 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre, 990 West 59th Avenue
What you thought about our emerging strategies
May 16, 2013 – Recently, we held several workshops and open houses to get your input on the emerging strategies for the Marpole Community Plan. We also had a questionnaire for you and your neighbours to tell us what you liked, or where you’d like to see some changes. Find out what we heard at these sessions and the results of the questionnaire in the links below. Your comments will be used to further refine the emerging strategies as we move towards finalizing the Marpole Community Plan. But before then, stay tuned as we’ll be back out in June with a draft plan to get your input!
What do you think about our emerging strategies for this plan?
March 5, 2013 – We have now completed our second and final open house on March 4, 2013. Weren’t able to attend? No problem. All of the open house boards are available under the 'documents' tab. You can share your thoughts on the planning process so far by completing our questionnaire.
The questionnaire closed on April 1, 2013.
What we heard from the Street-to-Park information Session on Marpole Park
February 25, 2013 – In January 2013, we asked residents what they thought about converting a street around Marpole or “Triangle” Park into more park space. Visit the Documents tab to find out what your neighbours and others told us.
City planning staff engage with a diverse group of residents
February 2013 – Staff were in the community, meeting with specific groups that face challenges to participate in our public events, such as open houses. Our Mandarin- and Cantonese-speaking staff met with over 200 residents, including youth, seniors, Chinese and Taiwanese residents, immigrants, and the Aboriginal community. We translated our planning materials in Chinese.
Open houses and workshops on emerging strategies for the plan
February 15, 2013 – Since we started the community planning process in April 2012, we have been out in the community listening to what you have had to say on a range of topics that affect your neighbourhood. Now it's time to shape the draft plan before it is completed in June.
Come to one of our open houses or workshops in late February or March to share your thoughts!
Feb 28, 2013 – Housing workshop (George Pearson)
March 2, 2013 – Open house (storefront at Granville and West 65th Avenue)
March 4, 2013 – Open house (Laurier Elementary School)
March 6, 2013 – Transportation workshop (Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre)
March 13, 2013 – Parks and Open Spaces workshop (Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre)
What we heard from the Street-to-Park information sessions on Ebisu and Shaughnessy Parks
January 18, 2013 – At our two information sessions in November 2012, we asked residents what they thought about converting a street into more park space to expand Ebisu Park and Shaughnessy Park. Check the Documents tab to find out what your neighbours and others told us.
Street-to-Park information session on Marpole Park
January 10, 2013 – In December 2012, we held information sessions to hear what residents thought about converting a street into more park space to expand Ebisu Park and Shaughnessy Park. At these sessions, many also suggested expanding Marpole Park.
Join us at an information session to learn more about the idea of transforming a street around Marpole Park into more park space, offer your feedback and imagine what you'd do with more park space.
Marpole Park Street-to-Park Info Session
Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 10 am – 12 noon
Marpole Park (West 72nd Avenue and Cartier Street)
- See maps of the proposed expansion areas on the Details tab
The comment form closed on February 11, 2013.
Housing workshop for non-profits and co-op housing providers in Marpole
November 29, 2012 – Non-profits and co-op housing providers were invited to share their views about housing issues, challenges, and opportunities in Marpole. The workshop was also an opportunity to share information on the Marpole Community Plan and the City’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy.
Last chance to have your say on the Street-to-Parks project
December 7, 2012 – Ebisu Park and Shaughnessy Park could be expanded by transforming a street into more park space. The initiative would also be part of the City's Greenest City intiatives. Tell us what you think through the online comment form.
The comment form closed on December 10, 2012.
Street-to-Park information session on Ebisu and Shaughnessy Parks
November 8, 2012 – Since the City of Vancouver launched the Marpole Community Plan process this spring, we’ve heard that improving and expanding Marpole’s parks is a priority to you. As part of the current Greenest City initiatives, we can help make this happen! Ebisu Park and Shaughnessy Park could be expanded by transforming a street into more park space.
- See maps of the proposed expansion areas on the Details tab.
You can also join us at an information session on street-to-park conversions to learn more, offer your feedback, and imagine what you'd do with more park space.
Ebisu Park Street-to-Park info session
Event date: Saturday, November 24, 2012, 10:00am – 12:00noon
Location: Ebisu Park (at Selkirk and West 72nd Avenue)
Shaughnessy Park Street-to-Park Info Session
Event date: Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Location: Shaughnessy Park (south end of Shaughnessy Street)
November 5, 2012 – City staff, in partnership with SPARC BC, held a workshop for seniors in Marpole. The goal of the session was to identify opportunities to improve:
- Healthy built environment
- Human services and eating well
- Healthy housing options
- Active living and getting outside
- Social connectedness
Neighbourhood walking tour
October 18, 2012 – Thanks to everyone who turned out for the walking tour on October 13. During the tour, we reflected on Marpole's four different and distinct areas and explored the neighbourhood, discussing key planning themes: housing, transportation, parks and public space, community amenities, and land use.
Event date: October 13, 2012, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Marpole Place Neighbourhood House, 1305 West 70th Avenue (at Hudson)
(A light lunch will be served.)
Planning principle open houses
October 3, 2012 – On September 26 and 29, we held two open houses and a series of focus group sessions to get the community’s ideas and thoughts on foundational principles that will guide the Marpole Community Plan. More than 200 participants attended these events.
The principles are intended to inform comprehensive planning in Marpole, as well as shape future growth and development in the community. These open houses were designed to encourage participants to show us what these principles could mean at the neighbourhood level.
"What we heard" open houses
The Marpole Planning Team held several report-back events to share what was heard from the community so far. This included results from:
- The Marpole questionnaire
- The “places I love and places I would change” mapping activity
- Conversations with you at our kick-off events in May
- Feedback from youth, seniors, and Chinese residents
This was a chance for the community to see what has been said so far and to help fill in any missing pieces.
- July 14, 11 am – 3 pm – Marpole Summerfest
- July 17, 4 – 8 pm – Oak Park
- July 19, 4 – 8 pm – Ebisu Park
September 2012 – During Phase I of the Community Plan, we held a series of open houses and community events to hear your thoughts about Marpole. As part of these events, we set up asset mapping displays, where you showed us what you love and dislike, and gave us some great ideas for the future of Marpole.
We have now mapped this information, and created an online version for you. By clicking on each marker, you can see the comments participants made in regard to a specific location.
Marpole Community Plan questionnaire results
September 2012 – The Marpole Community Plan questionnaire identifies key assets, issues and opportunities important to the Marpole community. The information gathered through this process is part of a wider collection of information which will help identify opportunities and set priorities for positive change and growth in the coming decades.
Over the period that the questionnaire was open for community input (between May 1 – May 22, 2012), we promoted it at our open houses, in focus groups (youth, seniors, Chinese residents, and other established groups), at special events (storytelling night, walking tours), and through distribution on the street and at transit stations. All together, we chatted with over 1,000 people and received 525 completed questionnaires.
Thank-you all very much for your involvement, enthusiasm and input!
City planning staff engage with a diverse group of residents
July 2012 – Staff were in the community, meeting with specific groups that face challenges to participate in our public events, such as open houses. Our Mandarin- and Cantonese-speaking staff met with over 250 residents, including youth, seniors, Chinese and Taiwanese residents, immigrants, and the Aboriginal community. We translated our planning materials in Chinese.
Announcing the winners of the Marpole questionnaire and photo contest
July 16, 2012 – Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the questionnaire and participate in the Marpole photo contest.
The winners from the questionnaire and "Picture This" submissions are:
- Mary – A pair of tickets to the symphony at the Orpheum Theatre
- Alexx – A gift certificate for Characters Fine Books and Coffee bar
- Bruce – A pair of tickets to the PNE
Although the photo contest is officially closed, you may continue submitting, rating, and commenting on photos.
Transportation 2040 meeting
July 4, 2012 – As part of the Transportation 2040 Plan Phase 2 process, staff met with 20 community members to identify ways to improve cycling, walking, and transit for getting around in Marpole. The plan will provide a vision for the next 30 years and guide transportation decisions on how people and goods will move in and around Vancouver for the next 15 years.
Marpole Community Day
June 2, 2012 – The planning team joined the festivities to celebrate Marpole Community Day as well as to spread the word about the planning program.
People placed dots on an asset map and commented on places they loved and places where they would like to see change in Marpole.
Exploring Neighbourhood Energy Futures – Marpole session
May 26, 2012 – The first of two special hands-on workshop on energy futures was held at the historic Marpole United Church. Participants explored how energy works in Marpole, and how to start planning and designing for a lower carbon future.
Marpole Community Plan launch events
Marpole walking tour
May 6, 2012 – Residents joined Marpole local Jo-Anne Pringle and urban designer Margot Long as they explored the diversity of features that make Marpole unique on a walking tour that was part of the Jane's Walk series.
City of Vancouver planner, Lil Ronalds, was on hand to answer questions about the Marpole Community Plan and discuss opportunities to get involved.
Open house: Granville Street
May 5, 2012 – The second Open House showcased an assortment of activities that gave local residents a chance to weigh-in on the various issues, assets and opportunities in Marpole.
The family friendly event also included live music, face painting and button making activities!
Open house: Marpole Oakridge Community Centre
May 2, 2012 – The first of two open houses showcased an assortment of activities that gave local residents a chance to weigh-in on the various issues, assets, and opportunities in Marpole.
Storytelling event: There's No Place Like Home
May 1, 2012 – The City of Vancouver held the Marpole Community storytelling event at the Metro Theatre. Kicking off the Marpole Community Plan process, the event covered a wide range of stories including cultural tales, the story of Musqueam settlement and the Great Marpole Midden, the story of a Chinese immigrant new to Canada and more.
The event was also an opportunity for community members to understand the community planning process and have their say about issues and opportunities facing Marpole.
Marpole Community Plan pre-launch workshop
January 9, 2012 – The workshop was held at the Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre, and 18 participants attended. The purpose of the workshop was to:
- Identify assets and issues in the community
- Identify key areas in the neighbourhood that are in the greatest need of attention during the planning process
- Review opportunities for strengthening community involvement and broadening participation during the planning process
The input provided in the workshop will feed into the Marpole Community Plan Terms of Reference (TOR) – a document which sets the overall scope of the plan.
City Council directs staff to begin community plan program
July 28, 2011 – City Council voted to direct staff to begin a new community plan program for Marpole.