We are proposing zoning changes to the eastern edge of the Mount Pleasant Industrial Area to:
Mount Pleasant is centrally-located and connected to transit, has a mix of land uses, and is close to housing and amenities like cafes, parks, and shops.
These factors have attracted a growing number of digital and creative businesses, making Mount Pleasant a major cluster in Vancouver’s growing innovation economy.
What's the innovation economy?
It's unique to each city. For Vancouver, it means:
The innovation economy has eight clusters in Vancouver's metro core.
Council approved amendments to the Zoning and Development Bylaw to update definitions pertaining to the digital innovation economy and to rezone limited areas of the Mount Pleasant Industrial Area to the new I-1A and I-1B (Industrial) Districts, to support specialty spaces for digital and technology uses.
Council will consider amendments to the Zoning and Development By-law to update definitions pertaining to the digital innovation economy, and to rezone limited areas of the Mount Pleasant Industrial Area to I-1A and I-1B (Industrial) District to support speciality spaces for digital and technology uses.
Council to consider a report discussing ways to increase job space and support the innovation economy in Mount Pleasant. Our recommendations include:
The report also discusses potential changes to the street network in Mount Pleasant and the potential expansion of the Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility to serve new development in Mount Pleasant.
We held two open houses on October 15 and 18 for you to share your thoughts on increasing job space and our efforts to support the innovation economy by:
We also asked for your ideas about the proposed zoning changes through an online questionnaire from October 17 to November 4. Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts. We're currently analyzing the feedback we received and preparing a summary.
Here is our process and anticipated milestones.
Seek community feedback on the proposal
Evaluate and refine zoning and other changes based on feedback
Report to Council on zoning changes, transportation changes and expansion of Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility
Public hearing on zoning changes
Council approves zoning changes
City Council adopted the Mount Pleasant Community Plan in 2010, followed by the plan's Implementation Package in 2013.
Council approved changes to the I-1 zone to allow for more general office use in 2013. The goal was to enhance the area as a job centre and support the local economy by allowing for more potential jobs in the area, more flexibility for business retention and expansion, and more options for mixed-use industrial buildings.
Chief Technology Officer Jessie Adcock and Acting General Manager, Planning and Development Services, Jane Pickering presented to Council in June 2016 about Vancouver's innovation economy.