Aerial view of False Creek South and Downtown

False Creek South Neighbourhood Planning Program

The Council-approved False Creek South Provisional Vision Statement and Guiding Planning Principles ("Vision and Principles") are intended to set the foundation for the long-term planning of False Creek South.

The Vision and Principles are an outcome of an extensive ten month consultation process with residents, surrounding communities, and the broader public.

Long-term comprehensive planning for False Creek South will occur at an appropriate time, when greater clarity is reached on lease negotiations for City land in the community.

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What's happening

Phase 1: Planning complete

On May 16, 2018 Council approved the adoption of the False Creek South Provisional Vision Statement and Guiding Planning Principles. Council also approved a pause in the neighbourhood planning process so that strata, co-op, and non-market lease negotiations can take place with residents before further detailed planning work for the area takes place.

Learn more about Phase 1

Council approves the Provisional Resident Protection and Retention Plan

This provisional plan is intended to create a safety net that can support resident and community retention in the event of resident displacement triggered by development, redevelopment, or end of lease terms.

Facts about the area



Burrard Bridge
Fairview Slopes
Cambie Bridge
False Creek

Land area

Land area

55 hectares
(136 acres)



Around 5,600 people
(2016 Census)


False Creek South is a unique community known as one of Vancouver’s pioneering waterfront communities for inner city living. It represents the best planning practices of the 1970s and 1980s, and remains a thriving and sought-after community today.

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

Between 1976 and 1986, during the buildout of False Creek South, much of the City land was leased to tenants via long term (typically 60 year) ground leases. The majority of these leases are due to expire between 2036 and 2046. Learn more about leases on City land.


Project timeline

Here is our process and anticipated milestones.

  • May 2017

    City Council approves terms of reference

  • Summer 2017

    Launch the neighbourhood planning program

    • Explore the vision for the neighbourhood
  • Fall 2017 and Winter 2018

    Develop a provisional resident protection and retention plan, vision statement and guiding planning principles

  • Summer 2018

    Report back to City Council

  • We are here

Phase 1: Summer 2017 to summer 2018

Our Neighbourhood Planning team worked with local residents and the broader public to define a community-wide vision and planning principles to guide an overall vision for the future of the neighbourhood.
Our Housing Policy team developed a provisional resident protection and retention plan to:
  1. Ensure that residents on land leased from the City of Vancouver have affordable housing options that provide support and protection if there are issues with redevelopment, renewing leases, or ending leases in the coming decades
  2. Address a variety of possibilities in False Creek South and provide a clear, lasting safety net for local residents
  3. Build on existing City policies for protecting market renters during redevelopment and create new policies to cover all types of tenures on City-owned land in False Creek South

Youth workshops

Two co-design workshops were held at False Creek Elementary School, with students imagining their community and activities in the future. Grade 5 students drew out their visions individually, while the grade 7's had theirs captured by facilitators.

Open houses

We asked for your feedback the draft planning principles and community vision presented at the March 13 and 14 open houses. An online questionnaire was open until March 22, 2018.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Your feedback will be was used to help us refine the draft vision and principles further.

Provisional Resident Protection and Retention Plan 

March 14, 2018, City Council unanimously approved the Provisional Resident Protection and Retention Plan for False Creek South.

This provisional plan is intended to create a safety net that can support resident and community retention in the event of resident displacement triggered by development, redevelopment or end of lease terms.


RPRP online survey

Thank you to everyone that provided feedback on the emerging False Creek South Resident Protection and Retention Plan. The online survey closed December 20, 2017.

Walking tours and workshops series

We hosted a series of walking tours and themed workshops to help inform the first phase of the planning program. These events focused on developing a vision and community-wide planning principles. The walking tours took place on Saturday, November 25, 9:30am - 11:30am

See the collection of workshop materials in our public consultation documents

RPRP Community office hours

During late November and early December, Housing Planners were available to answer questions and receive feedback on the discussion guide for the draft Resident Protection and Retention Plan.

Panel discussion: False Creek South Conversations: Looking Back to Look Forward

On November 7, 2017 we invited the public to celebrate the past and look forward to the future of False Creek South with our panel of expert speakers:

  • Ray Spaxman - one of False Creek South's pioneering visionaries
  • Gil Kelley - General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability
  • Margot Long - respected local landscape architect
  • Bree Galbraith - a life-long False Creek South resident.

False Creek South Planning Advisory Group

Applications for the Planning Advisory Group closed at 4pm on Thursday, November 2, 2017.

Due to a change in timing of the planning program milestones, the convening of the Advisory Group has been delayed so as to make the best use of volunteer time. We will be in touch with selected applicants on revised timing details.

Learn more about the False Creek South Planning Advisory Group

Launch and asset mapping

We launched the False Creek South planning process on June 22, complete with a barbeque lunch and activities for kids. Event guests met the project team, asked questions, and shared what they love about the False Creek South neighbourhood. Guests also found out how to get involved to help shape the future of the area.

Our Neighbourhood Planning team asked you to map the places that:

  • Define the assets, values, and unique qualities that we need to consider to renew the neighbourhood vision
  • Could be changed to improve the neighbourhood

As well, our team asked what you thought about housing, transportation, neighbourhood character, and public engagement in an online form between June 22 and July 21.

Thank you to everyone who participated. We used your comments and ideas to inform the neighbourhood planning program.

Terms of reference

City Council approved the terms of reference for a planning process in False Creek South at the May 30 regular Council meeting.

Council also instructed our teams to report back with nominations for the False Creek South Planning Advisory Group and to engage with neighbourhood, community, and citywide stakeholders to develop a resident protection and retention plan.


Engagement principles

City Council approved the False Creek South Engagement Principles at the January 25 Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting.

Council also instructed our teams to prepare a terms of reference for a False Creek South planning process and to explore affordable housing options for False Creek South residents to remain in the neighbourhood, in line with the City’s affordable housing policies and programs.


Before starting the neighbourhood planning program and work on lease issues, our teams consulted with False Creek South residents and stakeholders on key engagement principles. Together, we created 12 engagement principles to help inform future decisions about the neighbourhood and our work approach.


This Community Profile presents an overview of False Creek South’s transformation, highlighting key aspects of the neighbourhood and its residents. 

The document is intended to provide a starting place for dialogue about the future of the neighbourhood, helping to inform the City’s discussion with the community on various issues that will be addressed through the neighbourhood planning process.

The planning process began in June 2017 and over a 10-month period, numerous activities, workshops, events, meetings, and surveys were held to invite public participation.

Over 1,800 participants were engaged over the duration of the planning process, with an additional 127 participants engaged either in person or via online survey in the development of the Provisional Resident Protection and Retention Plan.

2016 - 2017: Engagement Principles

June 2017: Launch event

Fall 2017: Conversations event - Looking Back to Look Forward

Fall 2017 - Winter 2018: Walking tours and workshops

Workshop topic Materials Your feedback
History and context Workshop summary  (618 KB)
Sustainability Workshop summary  (631 KB)
Public realm and open space Workshop summary  (6 MB)
Housing Workshop summary  (4.2 MB)
Transportation Workshop summary  (12 MB)
Character and Urban Design Workshop summary  (3.08 MB)

March 2018: Open houses

April 2018: Youth workshops

Provisional vision statement 

A renewed False Creek South enhances the living legacy of the community in realizing incremental growth in an equitable, innovative manner.

It is a place where a diversity of people live, work, interact, shop and play, and where strong social and physical connections exist.

It is a resilient and sustainable neighbourhood in the city core.

Provisional guiding planning principles 

  1. ​Support strong social connections through community design
  2. Increase housing capacity and choice including affordable options
  3. Respect the unique character and pattern
  4. Model leadership in integrated sustainability and resilience
  5. Improve connectivity and accessibility
  6. Plan for diverse and integrated transportation options
  7. Create areas for focused activity
  8. Engage and enhance the water's edge
  9. Engage community and city-wide stakeholders in a meaningful way
  10. Develop a fiscally responsible approach