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Cambie Corridor Plan

The Canada Line, and the land uses around it, plays a pivotal role in Vancouver’s future. Already well-positioned in terms of amenities and services, the Cambie Corridor is a key component of a sustainable, livable city of neighbourhoods connected to convenient transportation alternatives.

The Cambie Corridor Plan is a framework to guide change and growth over the next 30 years. The Plan builds on the distinct character and context of the Corridor’s neighbourhoods to create complete communities with places for current and future residents to live, work, shop, play, and feel part of a community.

The plan policies allows significant change in the Corridor over the coming decades and will, together with growth on Major Project sites, more than double the population and add over 30,000 new homes. This makes the Cambie Corridor the biggest growth area outside of Downtown. 

Over the next 30 years, the Corridor will add:

  • Space for 9,200+ new jobs
  • Opportunities for multi-family housing on 2,000 single-family lots
  • New and vibrant public spaces, including 20+ acres of new parks
  • More than 5,000 secured rental units and 2,800 social housing units
  • A vibrant and enhanced Oakridge Municipal Town Centre

Key documents

The council-adopted versions of the Cambie Corridor Plan and associated Public Realm Plan can be downloaded below.

Cambie Corridor Plan (110 MB)

The Plan provides a framework to guide change and growth over the next 30 years in the Cambie Corridor.

Public Realm Plan (46 MB)

The Public Realm Plan will guide the design of public and semi-public spaces and inform a sense of place throughout the Corridor.

Infographic (2.32 MB)

A two-minute snapshot of the Plan and its long-term goals.

What's happening

Plan implementation items approved by Council

Council approved the Utilities Servicing Plan (USP) and Financing Growth Strategy, as well as the expansion of the townhouse area, at the Standing Committee on City Finance and Services meeting on Wednesday, July 11. The Cambie Corridor Plan will be updated shortly to reflect the approved items and amendments. Read the Policy Report  (5 MB)  to learn more. 

Applicants may now submit rezoning enquiries for sites identified for change in the Cambie Corridor Plan. 

Utilities Servicing Plan and Financing Growth Strategy

The USP outlines how the water, sewer, and drainage networks in the area will be upgraded as the population grows. This includes priority areas for utility upgrades, and new rainwater and groundwater management requirements for developments in the Corridor. The Financing Growth Strategy supports the USP and includes a new City-wide Development Cost Levy.

Expansion of townhouse area

Council also approved staff's recommendation to include additional blocks in the Cambie Corridor Plan's townhouse area. View a map showing the areas approved for inclusion  (2.3 MB)

Next steps

We are continuing work toward the creation of a new zone for areas identified in the Plan for townhouses. The areas for the first phase of City-initiated rezoning ("prezoning") are determined through the USP and will include blocks located in Stage 1 of the utility upgrades. We are anticipating presenting the draft zone and the areas for prezoning to Council this summer, for a public hearing in the fall.

Learn more: 

Cambie Corridor Plan approved by City Council

May 2, 2018 – Council approved the Cambie Corridor Plan at the May 1 Regular Council meeting. Throughout the three phases of the planning program, we heard from more than 8,700 people at 122 public events and meetings. Thank you to everyone that provided input, spoke to Council, and helped shape the plan.

Read about the plan in various levels of detail:

Next steps: 

Utilities Servicing Plan: We are now working toward implementation of the approved plan. Council directed staff to report back later this summer with a Utilities Servicing Plan and Financing Growth Strategy. Prior to the completion of this strategy, rezoning applications will not be considered for Phase 3 sites or those within the Oakridge MTC.

Potential expansion of townhouse area: Council also directed staff to concurrently explore the potential inclusion of select areas for townhouses; specifically, the area east of Yukon St south of King Edward Ave, and the 100 blocks of W 42nd, 43rd, 44th, and the north side of 45th Ave.

Proposed plan presented to City Council

April 18, 2018 – We presented the proposed Cambie Corridor Plan and accompanying staff report to Council at the regular Council meeting on April 17. At the meeting, Council referred the staff report to the Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting on April 18, 2018 to hear from speakers.

After hearing from speakers, Council referred discussion and decision of the Plan to the regular Council meeting on May 1, 2018 at 2pm. 

Proposed Plan information sessions

March 29, 2018 – Since our Oakridge MTC workshops in October 2017, we continued to hear from residents, stakeholders, and industry representatives, and furthered our tecnical analysis and refinement of the Plan. We released the proposed Plan online on March 7, 2018, and held six information sessions at a pop-up storefront. More than 1,000 visitors dropped in to see the highlights of the Plan and have one-on-one discussions with staff before the Plan goes to Council for consideration. We are targeting to present the Plan to Council in April, 2018, followed by the Utilities Servicing Plan and Financing Growth Strategy in the summer. 

View the information session materials:

Townhouse Zone testing

February 23, 2018 – Approximately 1,000 properties are being proposed for townhouses through Cambie Corridor Phase 3, and we are developing a new townhouse zone for these areas. The new zone will require a percentage of smaller, and therefore less expensive, townhouses units, mostly in stacked form.

The proposed zone has been developed through technical analysis and consultation with the community and industry representatives. We have conducted design testing for the proposed new zone to ensure its effectiveness to encourage smaller townhouse units.

Survey of residents in new buildings

December 5, 2017 – In September 2017, we invited residents living in new Cambie Corridor buildings to complete a post-occupancy survey. The survey contained questions regarding their decision to move into a new home in the Cambie Corridor, seeking to understand how they feel the neighbourhood is performing in key areas. More than 100 residents of the new buildings completed the survey.

Oakridge Municipal Town Centre area planning workshops

October 13, 2017 – Over the summer, we reviewed the feedback on the Oakridge MTC area planning collected via our 2017 spring open houses and online surveys, and performed further analyses of housing types, transportation needs, and strategies to improve housing affordability. This work led to revised draft directions and a refined concept for the Oakridge MTC. On October 3 and 4, we held two workshops for local area residents to review and provide input on the revised concept. More than 160 residents attended the workshops to share their thoughts and ideas.

View the workshop presentation:

Read a summary of what we heard:

Draft plan directions

July 11, 2017 – More than 1,150 people attended our 2017 spring open houses, held on June 15 and 17, and 169 of you attended one of our coffee chats. These events provided an opportunity to learn more about and discuss the draft Plan directions for the Cambie Corridor. Feedback was collected via two surveys, which were both available until July 11 and had more than 1,400 respondents. 

View the 2017 spring open house information boards:

Thank you to everyone that participated in our events and surveys! A summary of what we heard is now available:

What we heard at the Phase 3 Spring Expo

October 2016 - More than 1,000 people attended our Cambie Corridor Phase 3 Spring Expo and over 400 of them submitted feedback on the early planning ideas. The Spring Expo input, along with other Phase 3 consultation feedback, will help us develop draft plan directions as part of our next steps.

Read a summary of the June 2016 Spring Expo feedback highlights:  

Open houses: Join us for the Phase 3 Spring Expo

June 2 and 4, 2016 – Drop by one of the sessions to learn more and share your feedback on Corridor considerations like transportation, housing, community amenities, sustainability, and parks and open spaces. The Expo will also include an update on the Phase 3 focus areas and highlight early ideas for unique sites.

Get the Expo details:

 Both sessions will include the same information.

View the Spring Expo information displays:

Coffee chats

Did you attend the Spring Expo and want to chat more about the Phase 3 Focus Areas? Stop by one of the informal drop-in sessions below to chat with a planner.

What we heard at the workshops on focus areas and unique sites

March 9, 2016 – In October and November 2015, over 600 Cambie Corridor residents and other stakeholders participated in a series of workshops looking at six local sub-areas within the Cambie Corridor Phase 3 study area. Participants provided input on:

  • Proposed focus areas for considering potential change
  • Early ideas for new housing types, such as townhouses and other ground-oriented options
  • Key considerations for unique sites or areas within the Corridor

Read a summary of what we heard:

Area 1 workshop consultation summary, PDF, 5 MBArea 2 workshop consultation summary, PDF, 5.7 MBArea 3 workshop consultation summary, PDF, 7.6 MB
Area 4 workshop consultation summary, PDF, 6 MBArea 5 workshop consultation summary, PDF, 6 MBArea 6 workshop consultation summary, PDF, 7.4 MB

This workshop input, along with other Phase 3 initiatives (like walking tours and stakeholder meetings), will inform our more detailed policy and technical review to determine revised focus areas and draft early policy ideas. This work will lead to further public input in the next steps of the planning process.

Self-guided walking tours

October 2015 – The self-guided walking tours highlight a number of existing ground-oriented housing forms, such as townhouses and rowhouses, in different neighbourhoods across the city. These tours are an opportunity to see the options and features that might work well in the Cambie Corridor. We welcome your feedback and comments.

"You be the guide" walking tours

July 22, 2015 – From June 27 to July 9, we attended six resident-led walking tours in the Cambie Corridor. Find out where we went, what we saw, and what we heard.

Read the "You be the guide" walking tour summary PDF file (15 MB)

What we heard at the Phase 3 launch eventsUse your phone while you're out in the Corridor to mark your favourite places

June 30, 2015 – Over 1,100 people attended our community drop-in sessions to launch Phase 3. Find out what we heard – places you love, hopes, and concerns – in our public consultation highlights.

View the Phase 3 launch event materials

May 25, 2015 – If you're unable to make it to one of our events, the event materials are available on easy-to-read display boards as PDFs below. We also have opportunities for you to share your community knowledge with us through online asset mapping and through walking tours with our planners – you get a chance to schedule your own tour!

Join us at our Phase 3 launch events

May 8, 2015 – We’re kicking off the Phase 3 planning program with a series of drop-in community sessions. Join us to get an overview of the process, meet the City’s project team, and ask questions.

 All three sessions will include the same information and start with a presentation.

Phase 3 scope of work approved by Council

April 20, 2015 – Council approved the scope of work for phase 3 of the Cambie Corridor planning program on April 15th, 2015. Stay tuned for events this spring as the program gets underway.

Implementation: Public Realm Plan open house

December 2012 – At an open house to discuss public streets and spaces, 150 people attended to explore ideas and strategies to transform Cambie Street into an important green corridor in the city. Comments received at the open house will be incorporated into the public realm plan during Phase 3 of the Cambie Corridor planning program. View the open house information displays in the documents tab.

Phase 2 approved

May 9, 2011 – Council approved the Cambie Corridor Plan (also referred to as Phase 2), which set the vision for key properties along Cambie and other major streets in the Corridor.

Phase 1 completed

January 22, 2010 – Council approved a set of overarching principles to guide planning in the corridor and established an interim rezoning policy for sites around Canada Line stations.

Terms of Reference approved

July 28, 2009 – Council approved the Terms of Reference for the three-phase Cambie Corridor Planning Program.

Phase 3 – Cambie Corridor Plan
(approved May 1, 2018)

Phase 3 – Scope of Work
(approved April 15, 2015)

Phase 2 – Core Area Development Policy
(adopted May 9, 2011)

Phase 1 – Planning Principles
(adopted January 22, 2010)

Terms of Reference
(adopted July 28, 2009)

Oakridge Municipal Town Centre area planning workshops (October 3 and 4, 2017)

Area 1 workshop (October 7 and 8, 2015)

Area 2 workshop (October 17, 2015)

Area 3 workshop (October 26 and 29, 2015)

Area 4 workshop (November 7, 2015)

Area 5 workshop (November 21, 2015)

Area 6 workshop (November 30, 2015)

What we're focusing on in Phase 3

Phase 3 will develop an in-depth plan for the areas within walking distance of rapid transit and explore opportunities to:

  1. Integrate more ground-oriented housing choices, such as townhouses and rowhouses
  2. Create more housing options for families with children
  3. Integrate an effective transition from apartment areas to surrounding lower-density neighbourhoods
  4. Consider long-term redevelopment options for larger, unique sites within the Corridor (like the Balfour site and King Edward Mall)
  5. Coordinate Phase 3 areas with major project sites (such as the RCMP lands and Langara Gardens)
  6. Coordinate amenities and supportive funding strategies like Community Amenity Contributions

Also included:

  • A public benefits strategy to give strategic direction on community facilities, parks, childcare, affordable housing, and more
  • A public realm plan to guide outdoor public features like sidewalk improvements, landscaping, and plazas for key areas of the corridor

Where we're focusing

The overall Phase 3 study area is from West 16th Avenue to the Fraser River between Oak and Ontario streets.

However, our discussion of potential land use changes will be focused in key areas that are:

  1. Within one block of Phase 2 areas
  2. Adjacent to large sites like the RCMP lands and Langara Gardens
  3. Unique and generally large sites like King Edward Mall
  4. Located in the Marpole buffer area, a small area close to Cambie Street that was identified for future planning in the Marpole Community Plan
  5. Located along Oak Street

The initial focus area will be refined through community dialogue and technical analysis early in Phase 3.

How we'll plan and engage with you

We’ll be going out into the community and meeting residents, business owners, and anyone else interested in the future of the corridor to talk about options and hear your views.

Your ideas and feedback will be important in helping to shape the plan.

Step 1: Launch and early dialogue (spring to fall 2015)

In step one, we will:

  • Raise awareness about Phase 3 of the planning program
  • Seek community input on focus areas and explore early ideas for potential land use change and new housing options
  • Refine focus areas based on community input and analysis

Step 2: Policy development (fall 2015 to fall 2016)

In step two, we will:

  • Work with the community to explore policy options for focus areas and identify preferred areas for land use change and new housing options
  • Seek input on draft public realm plan directions and public benefits strategy

Step 3: Draft plan (fall 2016 to fall 2017)

In step three, we will:

  • Prepare draft directions for the plan
  • Invite you to review the proposed plan directions
  • Modify and refine the plan based on feedback

Step 4: Plan approval (late fall 2017/winter 2018)

In step four, we will:

  • Modify and refine the plan based on your feedback
  • Present the plan to City Council for consideration

During Phase 3 of the Cambie Corridor Planning Project, one way we'll engage with you is in small group focus, to encourage constructive dialogue on issues.

Cambie Corridor Plan vision

The Cambie Corridor Plan sets out a long-term vision for growth that will give residents opportunities to live, work, shop, play, and learn in the area.

The plan also reflects a commitment to social diversity and addresses affordable housing issues.

To accomplish these goals, the plan envisions a denser mix of housing and work space with transit and cleaner energy sources. There will be a focus on key amenities, such as shopping, local gathering places, improved parks, community facilities, and civic spaces.

Job space will be focused strategically in neighbourhood centres, existing shopping areas, and areas located close to transit stations.

Cambie Corridor planning principles

  1. Provide land use that optimizes the investment in transit.
  2. Provide a complete community.
  3. Create a walkable and cycleable corridor of neighbourhoods seamlessly linked to public transit.
  4. Focus intensity, mix, and community activity at stations and other areas with strategic opportunities for sustainability, renewable energy, and public amenity.
  5. Provide a range of housing choices and affordability.
  6. Balance city-wide and regional goals with the existing community and its context.
  7. Ensure job space and diversity.

Planning program phases

Phase 1: Planning principles and interim rezoning policy (July 2009 – January 2010)

Phase 1 delivered a set of planning principles (above) for the Cambie Corridor, as well as an interim rezoning policy, adopted by Council on January 22, 2010.

Phase 2: Core area development policy (January 2010 – May 2011)

Phase 2 produced the Cambie Corridor Plan, approved by Council May 9, 2011, and repealed the interim rezoning policy.

The plan includes policies on land use, design, and built form for sites along the Corridor's major streets.

Phase 3: Transit-influenced area policy (April 2015 - May 2018)

Phase 3 produced the new, comprehensive Cambie Corridor Plan (replacing the original 2011 Plan), approved by Council on May 1, 2018. Phase 3 built on Phase 2; it focused on land use and new housing opportunities for the surrounding neighbourhoods within walking distance of Canada Line stations (existing and future), and provided new affordable housing opportunities in strategic areas.

This phase also delivered:

  • A detailed public benefits strategy to guide the development of community facilities, parks, and childcare centres in the Corridor
  • The Cambie Corridor Public Realm Plan to guide public realm improvements in the Corridor, including pedestrian and cycling connections, plazas, and green infrastructure

Related projects

Contact us

cambiecorridor@vancouver.ca

Planning Information Line
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604-873-7038 ext 3

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