The False Creek Flats Plan is a long-term vision for the area to become more productive, sustainable, and connected to the rest of our city.
Created with the help of the Vancouver Economic Commission, community members and stakeholders, the plan recognizes the unique qualities of this neighbourhood and the important economic role it plays in Vancouver.
The approved plan focuses on:
- Increasing employment from 8,000 to at least 30,000 jobs
- Establishing programs and supports for local businesses and strategic economic sectors
- Supporting existing businesses, artists, and industry
- Supporting innovation, creative and digital businesses, health care and life sciences, and food and service industries
- Creating the right kinds of spaces and infrastructure for business needs
- Developing interesting and active public places
- Connecting places, spaces, and surrounding neighbourhoods
- Addressing and responding to challenges of climate change and seismic vulnerability
The study area boundary is Main Street to the west, Prior and Venables streets to the north, Clark Drive to the east, and Great Northern Way to the south.
Public Hearing for Amendments to Zoning and Development Bylaw
July 25, 2017 - Referred to Public Hearing on September 19, 2017.
- Read the Policy and Bylaw Amendments Report PDF file (13 MB)
- Learn more about the application and Public Hearing
Council approves False Creek Flats Plan
May 17, 2017 - City Council approved the False Creek Flats Plan.
Our guiding principles for the Flats
- Retain and intensify "back of house" industrial functions.
- Increase job capacity, with a focus on green jobs and economy.
- Ensure that food security and the food economy continue to have a strong presence in the Flats.
- Create and foster a unique sense of identity.
- Plan for the long-term presence of rail.
- Celebrate and enhance arts and culture.
- Recognize the historic importance of the area.
- Identify opportunities to create new and enhanced public gathering spaces.
- Seek creative and temporary uses for underutilized land.
- Improve traffic circulation by introducing new streets and connections for people walking and cycling.
- Maintain an efficient network of arterial streets essential for goods movement.
- Consult the public and all stakeholders in a meaningful way.
- False Creek Flats: Green Enterprise Zone (Vancouver Economic Commission) External website, opens in new tab
- Greenest City Action Plan
- Healthy City Strategy
- Northeast False Creek and the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts
- Transportation 2040
- Vancouver Food Strategy
- Vancouver Economic Action Strategy PDF file (6 MB)
Work leading up to this plan
Since the late 1980s, a lot of our industrial lands near downtown changed into mixed-use developments with homes, businesses, and amenities. This shift put a lot of pressure on our remaining industrial land, including the False Creek Flats.
Even though our land that prohibits residential uses makes up only 10 per cent of Vancouver's land area, it’s where half of us work. These lands are near transit, rail, roads, and ports, but away from residential areas. This lets businesses run non-stop operations and make noise, light, and odors without affecting people at home.
Since these lands are vital yet vulnerable, we created these studies and policies to balance the need for job space and development.
|Study or policy
Industrial Lands Strategy
1996 – 1999
False Creek Flats Preliminary Concept Plan
I-2 and I-3 Industrial Zoning District Schedules and Design Guidelines
False Creek Flats Structure Plan
Transportation and rail study
Metro Core Jobs and Economy Land Use Plan
Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy