Oakridge Transit Centre (OTC) site planning program

Oakridge Transit Centre aerial view

The Oakridge Transit Centre (OTC) site is located on a 5.6 hectare (13.8 acre) site at 949 West 41st Avenue, east of Oak Street.

A site planning program was launched in 2014 to determine the future of the OTC and three adjacent sites, including the Jewish Community Centre.

In December 2015, Vancouver City Council approved a policy statement for the OTC and Adjacent Sites that supports the redevelopment of the lands as a primarily residential community. The policy statement guides:

  • Land use and density
  • Parks and public spaces
  • Circulation and transportation
  • Built form, massing, and height
  • Sustainability and green infrastructure
  • Community benefits

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Progress on this initiative

Council adopts amended Policy Statement

December 16, 2015 – Vancouver City Council unanimously approved the Oakridge Transit Centre (OTC) and Adjacent Sites Statement.

Council to review draft Policy Statement on December 16

December 11, 2015 - The OTC and Adjacent Sites Draft Policy Statement will be considered by Vancouver City Council's Standing Committee on City Finance and Services at its meeting on Wednesday, December 16 at 9:30am in the Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall.

Council to review Policy Statement on a future date

October 19, 2015 – The OTC and Adjacent Sites Policy Statement has been withdrawn from the October 20 and 27 Council meeting agendas until a future date.

Draft Policy Statement ready for review

October 15, 2015 – The OTC and Adjacent Sites Policy Statement is a framework that establishes principles and objectives relating to:

  • Land use
  • Density
  • Building forms and heights
  • Parks and open spaces
  • Community amenities
  • Transportation
  • Sustainability

Questionnaire: What do you think about the draft concept and emerging policies?

July 17, 2015 – Thank you to everyone who responded to our questionnaire. We're now analyzing the feedback we received, which will inform the draft Policy Statement and report to Council.

June 18, 2015 – Can't come to the open houses? Share your thoughts about the draft preferred concept and emerging policies in our online questionnaire. The questionnaire closes on July 17.

June 18 and 20 open houses: Review the draft concept and emerging policies

June 2, 2015 - Drop by an open house to review the draft preferred concept and emerging policies and learn how they have been influenced by feedback from the February 2015 and June 2014 open houses.

At the event, speak with City staff and the project team, and have your say. Get the event details:

Tell us what you think

February 13, 2015 – Provide your feedback on the draft guiding principles for the development of this site and three draft conceptual site plans being considered for the OTC site. The survey is now closed.

You're invited to our second open house: February 12 or 16

January 25, 2015 – Drop by an open house to see how the community's ideas and feedback from the June 2014 open houses influenced early land use concepts for the OTC site. Speak with City staff and the project team, and have your say. Get the details:

Tell us what you think

June 9, 2014 – Give us your feedback on the proposed changes to the site. Review the open house materials and fill out our questionnaire.

The questionnaire is now closed.

You're invited to our first open house: June 8 or 12

May 26, 2014 – Attend an open house on June 8 or 12. Staff will be available to answer your questions and gather feedback. Get the details:

Policy Statement

At the request of TransLink, the City launched a comprehensive planning program to create a Policy Statement to guide the redevelopment of the site. The planning process takes about 12 months.

History of the OTC

The site is currently zoned for single family use but has been used as a transit centre since 1948. Prior to the opening of the transit centre, the site was used as an army barracks.

The OTC was home to 244 trollies and 182 diesel buses as well as over 1200 transit staff, including drivers, mechanics, and administrators. The transit centre provided buses for routes running in Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, and White Rock prior to the opening of the Richmond Transit Centre. With the completion of the Vancouver Transit Centre on Eburne lands in 2006, almost all services moved out of the OTC.

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