Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Review

Joyce-Collingwood Station
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Summary of the draft plan

By City of Vancouver

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The City is reviewing the area around Joyce-Collingwood Station to:

  • Update policies adopted in 1987 as part of the Joyce Station Area Plan
  • Consider changes to the area’s sidewalk, road, and cycling networks that respond to upgrades at the SkyTrain station and bus exchange

As part of the review, we will explore:

  • Land use, density, and building forms
  • Transportation - improved safety and connections for people walking, cycling, driving, and taking transit
  • Improved public spaces
  • Amenities needed to support additional population

What is the plan?

The Station Precinct Plan will encourage more transit-supportive, mixed-use, walkable development around the SkyTrain station.

New building forms will unify the blocks immediately around the station with Collingwood Village and transition from taller buildings at the station down to the single-family areas.
Improved pedestrian linkages and expanded opportunities for an active local shopping street will create a more physically and socially connected neighbourhood.

3D model (605.34 KB)

See a model that shows the future buildout of the station precinct area in the draft plan.

June 2018

A revised version of the Joyce Collingwood Station Precinct Plan, including new and revised sub-areas, is now available.

December 2017

On December 6, Council approved a number of amendments to the Joyce Station Precinct Plan. These changes include:

  • The creation of a new Joyce Street (J4) sub-area
  • The expansion of the existing McHardy Street (T2) sub-area
  • The introduction of related zoning changes and rezoning policies

The current Precinct Plan document will be revised to reflect these changes. In the interim, the approved changes are outlined in these Council report and documents:

November 2017

City Council has referred proposed policy and zoning changes for the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Area to a Public Hearing on December 6, 2017 at 6:00pm. The Hearing will consider two amendments to the Station Precinct Plan.

The first involves the creation of a new J4 sub-area (and related 6-storey zone) to connect the existing Precinct Plan area to Kingsway.

The second involves the expansion of the existing T2 sub-area.

Share your feedback

For further questions, please contact Andrew Pask, Planner, by emailing, or by telephone at 604-673-8171.

February 2017

We asked for your feedback about the proposed policy directions for the Joyce Street area in an online questionnaire from February 7 to 26. Thank you to everyone who participated.

We held open houses on February 4 and 8 so you could share additional input on new opportunities for affordable housing, public realm, and transportation on Joyce Street (Euclid Ave to Kingsway). We presented proposed policies and feedback we received from the December 2016 open houses. Your feedback will help shape the recommendations we present to Council.

View the open house information displays (6 MB)

December 2016

We held open houses on December 3 and 6 to ask for your feedback on new opportunities for affordable housing, public realm, and transportation on Joyce Street (Euclid Ave to Kingsway).

View the open house information displays PDF file (6 MB)

November 2016

On November 15, Council approved:

Read the Council agenda and report

Following the approval of the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan, Council requested additional consultation to explore:

  • Potential for additional multiple-family and rental housing
  • Public realm enhancements to improve walking and biking between the Station Precinct area and Kingsway.

View the open house information displays PDF file (6 MB)

We asked what you thought about these new opportunities in an online questionnaire that closed on January 10, 2017. Thank you to everyone who participated. We are currently summarizing the feedback we received.

September 2016

Council approved amendments to the Zoning and Development Bylaw at a public hearing on September 20 to add two new zoning districts proposed by the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan.

Some properties within the Plan area were rezoned to RM-7AN to allow for duplexes/townhouses, and to RM-9BN to allow for apartments. These zoning changes will help implement the Plan by allowing for more housing in close proximity to rapid transit.

Applications under the new zoning may now be submitted.

June 2016

Council approved the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan on June 28 with amendments. The amendments are on pages 9 to 12 of the meeting minutes.

View the meeting minutes and video

The next major step for Council is to consider proposed amendments to the Zoning and Development Bylaw at an upcoming public hearing. The proposed amendments would rezone several areas to allow the future possibility of townhouses and 4-storey apartments.

We presented the plan to Council at the June 14 regular Council meeting. Council referred the plan to the June 15 Standing Committee on City Finance and Services meeting to hear from speakers.

We held a public event on June 1 to talk about the draft plan and share a 3D model of the future buildout of the area.

Update policies adopted in 1987 as part of the Joyce Station Area Plan

The Joyce Station Area Plan (1987) resulted in the development of many new building types in the area, such as those in Collingwood Village. Nearly 30 years later, the plan’s policies are being revisited.

The City’s Transportation 2040 Plan contains directions to “prioritize and encourage a dense and diverse mix of services, amenities, jobs, and housing types in areas well served by frequent, high-capacity transit.” Creating policy that would guide the creation of new housing options, shops, and amenities near Joyce-Collingwood Station will help to achieve this direction.

SkyTrain station upgrades and BC Parkway improvements

TransLink is upgrading Joyce-Collingwood Station to improve passenger capacity, accessibility, safety, and comfort. The upgrades will mean changes to how transit users access the station, and it may mean changes for both drivers and pedestrians in the area.

The station upgrade will be completed in two phases. Phase 1 will begin in 2015, and will include expanding the station house on the east side of Joyce Street and relocating the kiss and ride facility. Phase 2 will include the construction of a new bus loop on the east side of Joyce Street, as well as, an upgrade to the BC Parkway multi-use trail, separating trail users from vehicles. The date for beginning Phase 2 is to be determined.

Review process steps

  1. Program start-up
  2. Develop guiding principles and create options
  3. Evaluate and refine options
  4. Finalize recommended options and report to Council

Current land use and development guidelines

The City initiated the advanced light rapid transit planning program in 1981 in response to the first SkyTrain line, the Expo Line. The Joyce Station Area Plan was adopted in 1987, which led to revised zoning and design guidelines for development near Joyce Station to address SkyTrain impacts.

Major development studies and reports

Learn about major developments near Joyce-Collingwood Station.


Contact a planner

Michelle Yip



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Learn about station upgrades

Visit TransLink's project webpage