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City starts False Creek South planning process

May 31 2017

False Creek South seawall
Photograph by Photo by Google

We are embarking on a process to review and plan for the future of the False Creek South neighbourhood to address:

  • Affordable housing
  • Social, economic, and environmental sustainability
  • Public amenities for the benefit of the community and everyone in Vancouver

First phase

City Council has adopted a terms of reference for a planning process which focuses its first phase on the undeveloped/underdeveloped edge sites in False Creek South.

In conjunction with the neighbourhood planning program, a resident protection and retention plan will be developed to ensure residents on City-owned leased land have affordable housing options to support and protect them in the event of any future redevelopment, lease renewal, or lease end issues.

Our goal is to ensure that residents who currently live in False Creek South can stay there.

An affordable housing strategy for the unbuilt/edge sites and a governance model for the City-owned lands will also be addressed.

Learn more about the planning process

Public consultation

A comprehensive public consultation process will offer various opportunities for Vancouverites to help explore the future of the neighbourhood and have a say in:

  • What makes the community successful
  • What could be improved
  • How it can support our growing city

Citizen advisory group

The planning process will also include a citizen advisory group, which will be formed to advise City staff on engagement, review and evaluate planning concepts at key points, and offer a diverse perspective. 

A public call for nominations will be announced in the near future with Council making the final decision on appointments in the fall of 2017.

Background

Situated north of the Fairview Slopes neighbourhood between the Burrard and Cambie Bridge, False Creek South was one of Vancouver's first highly livable and walkable inner-city neighbourhoods, with a unique mix of land uses, housing types, transportation options, and amenities, including three kilometres of seawall and two waterfront parks.  

In the 1970s, the City led the redevelopment of the area, transforming it from industrial lands into an innovative residential community.

Eighty percent of the land in False Creek South is owned by the City, with the remainder owned by other levels of government or privately owned.

The 55-hectare site is currently home to approximately 5,400 people.

Approximately 60 per cent of the more than 3,200 residential units in False Creek South are on land owned by the City and leased either to non-profit or for-profit housing operators, or directly to the tenants occupying the property in the form of long-term ground leases. The majority of these leases will expire in the next 20 to 30 years.

The City is starting the process of exploring the options for addressing end-of-lease issues on City-owned land with the current residents, who will also play key roles in helping to create a broader, long-term neighbourhood plan for the area.

Attend our launch event

We are having a launch event for the planning program. All members of the public are invited to attend.

Date and time: June 22, 2017, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: West side of Charleson Park, near the seawall