Northeast False Creek

Northeast False Creek

Northeast False Creek (NEFC) is a hub of sports, culture, and events venues, including BC Place Stadium, Rogers Arena, and the Plaza of Nations. NEFC is connected to Yaletown and Downtown to the west, International Village and Chinatown to the north, and the Citygate towers to the east.

NEFC is one of the largest undeveloped areas in the downtown peninsula. In 2009, Council approved land use policies to create a vibrant and mixed-use waterfront district.

Decision to replace the viaducts

In October, 2015, Council approved the decision to replace the Dunsmuir and Georgia Viaducts with a new at-grade street network and Georgia Street Ramp. This decision was based on several years of testing, analysis and consultation.

This replacement street network will maintain the essential movement of goods and services to and from Downtown, and allow for:

  • Improved connections between Vancouver's historic neighbourhoods and False Creek
  • More park space on the False Creek waterfront
  • Development of the vacant City-owned blocks on either side of Main Street (now interrupted by the viaducts)
  • New housing opportunities, including affordable housing

Next steps following Council approval

Staff will start detailed planning of Northeast False Creek and land negotiations and will report back to Council in early 2017 on a revised public benefits strategy as well as an update on negotiations. Following the completion of detailed planning and design work, and the necessary agreements to advance removal of the viaducts.

For more information please visit vancouver.ca/viaducts.

Learn more about the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts

Vancouver's Viaducts

The Future of Vancouver’s viaducts

The City is reviewing the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts land as part of the strategic planning review for Vancouver's Eastern Core.

Map of the area

Use this map to explore Northeast False Creek. You can navigate through each of the sites within the area to find more information:

Progress on this initiative

998 Expo Boulevard (5b West) Public Hearing, June 10th

May 30, 2014 – City Council will hold a Public Hearing for the rezoning of Area 5b West, 998 Expo Boulevard. The hearing will be held in the Council Chamber, Third Floor City Hall (453 West 12th Avenue) at 6:00pm.

Attend the June 5 open house about the proposed Southeast False Creek paddling centre

May 28, 2014 – Learn about and comment on the City and Park Board's proposal to replace the existing paddling facility in Southeast False Creek with a new and improved permanent home near Creekside Community Recreation Centre. Drop by between 4:00pm to 7:30pm at Creekside Community Recreation Centre, 1 Athletes Way.

Tell us what you think about the 998 Expo Boulevard rezoning

May 22, 2014 – Can't attend the open house? You can view the presentations and share your views online.

The questionnaire closed June 1, 2014.

998 Expo Boulevard (5b West) rezoning open house, May 22nd

May 8, 2014 – The City and Concord Pacific are holding an open house for the rezoning of Area 5b West, 998 Expo Boulevard. The event will be held at the Roundhouse Community Centre (Pacific and Davie) from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

55 Expo Boulevard (International Village School)

November 1, 2013 – Construction on the International Village Elementary School will move forward, as amendments to the legal agreement registered against Andy Livingstone Park were granted without opposition.

Open house: 39 Smithe Street (10A)

October 15, 2013 – An open house was held to provide the public with additional information on Paragon Holdings' proposal for an "urban resort" including a casino.

Open house: 55 Expo Boulevard (International Village School)

July 16, 2013 – An open house was held to provide the public with additional information on the Vancouver School Board's proposal for their International Village School located at 55 Expo Boulevard.

Help shape Northeast False Creek and Eastern Core public consultation

July 30, 2013 – The City took on two parallel planning processes for Northeast False Creek and the Eastern Core. This included the viaducts replacement and the False Creek Flats – generally bounded by Main Street, Prior/Venables Street, Clark Drive, and Great Northern Way.

The questionnaire used to shape the consultation program closed on August 26, 2013.

Council votes to move forward with the final phase

June 26, 2013 – Council voted unanimously to move forward with the final phase of planning work for removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. This is expected to take up to two years. Staff will now conduct a financial analysis, and develop a work plan and consultation program for the project, including how the Northeast False Creek neighbourhood will develop.

Along with creating opportunities for housing and public green spaces, Council asked staff to pay particular attention to:

  • Strengthening the area for festivals and entertainment
  • Improving the road network
  • Incorporating an urban agriculture centre of excellence including the potential for an urban food production centre and garden system

June 25, 2013 – Staff will report back to Council on the potential removal of the viaducts, the proposed replacement street network, and related planning.

Open house: Rogers Arena (7a) Rezoning

February 20, 2012 – City staff held a rezoning open house for the Rogers Arena Site (Area 7a) along with the applicant, Aquilini Development.

Open house: Plaza of Nations

June 2011 – On June 9, 11 and 12, 2011, we held open houses on future development of the Plaza of Nations site.

Public information session: Gaming adjacent to BC Place

February 8, 2011 – City staff held a public information session on gaming in Vancouver at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

Open house: Plaza of Nations

December 8, 2010 – The City and Canadian Metropolitan Properties held an open house and walking tour to provide an update on the Plaza of Nations site and to get commentary on key issues and options.

Open house: 10 Terry Fox Way (5b East)

October 20, 2010 – City staff held a rezoning open house and walking tour for 5b East, 10 Terry Fox Way, along with the applicant, Concord Pacific.

Open house and walking tour: Event noise impacts

September 16, 2010 – We held an open house and walking tour on the impacts of event noise on adjacent neighbourhoods.

Open house: Northeast False Creek high level review

September 2009 – Previous public open houses for the Northeast False Creek high level review were September 20, 21, 23, 2009.

January 2009 – Previous public open houses for the Northeast False Creek high level review were January 25 and 26, 2009.

Open house: BC Place Official Development Plan (ODP) amendment

October 4 and 7, 2008 – We held a public open house on the BC Place ODP amendment.

August 26 and 28, 2008 – We held an open house on the BC Place ODP amendment.

Find relevant documents related to the Northeast False Creek planning project.

Public consultation

Policy documents

Report and summary documents

Project details

Directions

In 2009, the NEFC: Directions for the Future report approved future planning for the land affected by the replacement of the viaducts. Through this report we established the vision, land use, density, and public benefits for development in the area.

Council priorities

The NEFC directions align with Council priorities around:

  • Homelessness and affordable housing
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Creative capital and a growing economy

Guiding principles

The NEFC guiding principles are to:

  • Reconnect the historic communities and the False Creek waterfront
  • Expand parks and open space
  • Repair the urban fabric
  • Explore housing development and place-making opportunities on the City blocks
  • Create a vibrant waterfront district
  • Increase efficiency of the street network
  • Improve connectivity between downtown, NEFC, and the waterfront
  • Enhanced pedestrian and cyclist movement
  • Develop a fiscally responsible approach
  • Engage residents and stakeholders in a meaningful way

Rezoning

Since 2009, four properties in Northeast False Creek have been approved for official development plan amendments and rezoning:

  • Site 10 (1 Robson Street, BC Place Stadium)
  • Site 5b East (68 Smithe Street)
  • Site 5b West (998 Expo Boulevard)
  • Site 7a (800 Griffiths Way, Rogers Arena)

One site is currently in the process of rezoning:

  • Site 6b (750 Pacific Boulevard, Plaza of Nations)

Only the development site on the southeast corner of BC Place (Site 10c) and Concord's Area 6c have yet to submit for rezoning.

Impact on landowners

New street network

The City will work with impacted landowners to seek agreements-in-principle to implement the new street network that could replace the viaducts and to create a new area plan.

Staff have already resolved viaduct related matters with Aquilini (Site 7a). This agreement includes securing a right-of-way for Pacific Street through design and development conditions from the Rogers Arena rezoning.

Removing the viaducts and making necessary changes to the street network would significantly affect land owned by BC Pavillion Corporation (PavCo) and Concord Pacific (Concord) east of BC Place. Impacts include:

  • Constructing the Georgia Street ramp that would extend over the east side of BC Place (Site 10c) and connect to Pacific Boulevard
  • Realigning Pacific Boulevard through Concord's area 6c North

False Creek North Official Development Plan (ODP)

The proposed changes to the street network and the anticipated changes to the development plan would require amendments to the existing False Creek North ODP. This will need Council consideration and approval.

We anticipate that ODP amendments, detailed street network design, landowner agreements-in-principle, and the financial strategy could take until mid-2015 to complete for Council's direction. Broad public consultation and adjacent community stakeholder involvement will be part of the planning process.

NEFC planning and the Viaduct integration

Future planning for the land affected by viaduct removal west of Quebec Street was approved in 2009 through the report NEFC: Directions for the Future. This report established the vision, land use, density, and public benefits to achieve through development of the area.

Since 2009, three sites in Northeast False Creek have been approved for ODP amendments and rezoning (Area 10, Area 5b East, and Area 7a) and two sites are currently in the process of rezoning (Area 5b West and Area 6b). Only the development site on the southeast corner of BC Place Stadium (Area 10c) and Concord’s Area 6c have yet to submit for rezoning.

Reducing the impact on landowners

Staff will work with impacted landowners to seek agreements in principle on a number of topics to implement the new street network that could replace the viaducts.

Staff have already resolved viaduct related matters with Aquilini (Area 7a), including securing a right-of-way for the new Pacific Street alignment, through design and development conditions included in the recently approved Rogers Arena rezoning.

Removing the viaducts

Land owned by BC Pavillion Corporation (PavCo) and Concord Pacific (Concord) east of BC Place would be significantly affected by removing the viaducts and changing the street network. In particular:

  • Construction of the Georgia Street ramp would extend over the east side of the BC Place stadium site (Area 10c) and connect to Pacific Boulevard
  • Changing the alignment of Pacific Boulevard where it crosses through Concord’s Area 6c North

The Central Heat Distribution (CHD) site to the north of BC Place would be affected in a minor way and requires a small right-of-way to link the BC Place concourse to the new Georgia Street ramp.

This situation stresses the need to revisit plans for the area, and to create a new option that:

  • Makes the most of possibilities created by removing the viaducts
  • Meets both City and Land owner objectives
  • Allows the project to proceed

The City’s objectives for the area are defined by the Guiding Principles and the NEFC Directions.

Amending the Official Development Plan

The proposed changes to the street network, combined with the anticipated changes to the development plan for the area, would result in amendments to the existing False Creek North Official Development Plan (ODP). Such amendments require Council consideration and approval. Staff anticipate that ODP amendments, detailed street network design, landowner agreements-in-principle, and the financial strategy could take until June 2015 to complete for Council’s direction.

Broad public consultation and adjacent community stakeholder involvement will be part of the planning process.

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2015 Report to Council

Learn more about the plans for replacing viaducts.

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North East False Creek proposed changes

Apply for Northeast False Creek committees

The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board are planning the future of Northeast False Creek and you could be part of it. We're looking for committee members for a Stewardship Group and a Park Design Advisory Group to help us create a vibrant, sustainable new neighbourhood for everyone in the city.

The Future of Vancouver’s viaducts