Marpole Street Scene

Marpole Community Plan

Marpole is one of the city's oldest communities, and the one visitors see first when entering from the south.

Stretching from Angus Drive to Ontario Street, and from West 57th Avenue to the North Arm of the Fraser River, the region's traffic passes through this neighbourhood, just as it did years ago.

Because demand for new development is growing, City staff have completed a community plan to ensure that future growth in Marpole meets the needs of the entire community.

Explore the plan highlights

Learn more about the plan by selecting the coloured Granville, Lower Hudson, Oak, and Cambie areas of this map.


A two-minute snapshot of the Marpole Community Plan's goals in the next 30 years.

Full community plan (25.10 MB)

A longer read about managing future change in each area, housing, transportation, public spaces, arts, culture, health, and much more.


City news, services, and information related to Vancouver's Marpole neighbourhood area.

Recent developments with this community plan

Public consultation for a new Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre

Fall 2017 – Park Board has launched a public consultation process with the community in to determine the best location and space needs for a new community centre.

Open house begins in January 2018. Learn how to participate

What are the new community facilities in the neighbourhood?

Fall 2017 – Council approved the appointment of South Vancouver Neighbourhood House  (SVNH) to operate Marpole Place as a neighbourhood house. SVNH will provide social programs and services to the community when renovations to Marpole Place are complete in 2018.

The Marine Landing area will see an increased need for social programs to support the growing population. Marpole-Oakridge Family Place  will re-locate to a new and expanded facility at the Northwest project. Two new 37-space childcare facilities will open their doors at Northwest and Marine Gardens. These facilities will be run by the YMCA .

Honouring heritage in Marpole

Public art funding for Musqueam community

Fall 2017 – As part of the Marpole Community Plan, the community identified the need to integrate Musqueam culture, art, and design into public realm improvements. In 2016, we provided Musqueam artists with a $100,000 grant to design and develop public art in the community. Led by Musqueam curator Jordan Wilson, this project is expected to be completed in 2018.

Purchase and preservation of the Historic Joy Kogawa House

November 2016 – To ensure the preservation and continued use of Historic Joy Kogawa House , we purchased this important cultural and heritage facility from the Land Conservancy. This allows the Joy Kogawa House Society to continue operating this space at a nominal rent as an important cultural and education centre for healing and reconciliation.

What's happening with transportation implementation in Marpole?

Safety review

2017-2018 – Our Moving Towards Zero: Safety Action Plan strives to achieve zero traffic-related fatalities by 2040. The strategy aims to ensure the safety of vulnerable road users, particularly seniors and children. Focus areas for the 2017-2018 comprehensive review will prioritize locations with higher rates of fatalities and injuries, including Granville St from W 2nd Ave to SW Marine Dr, and select intersections on Oak St in Marpole.

Arbutus Greenway

Fall 2017 – We have built a temporary pathway to improve safety and accessibility while the future greenway is being planned. A design jam was held in October for community members to help shape the future of the Arbutus Greenway.

Concrete barriers at intersections along the pathway in Marpole will be replaced by removable bollards by the end of 2017. A signalized intersection will be under construction by summer 2018 where the Arbutus Greenway meets SW Marine Dr.

Increased Canada Line service

January 2017 – TransLink started providing more frequent service during peak hours on weekdays. Learn more about these changes.

Infrastructure and bikeway improvements

2016 – Infrastructure upgrades and bikeway improvements have been underway since 2016 between Macdonald St and Camosun St. Learn more in the 2014  (219 KB) and 2016  (1.4 MB) updates to Marpole's Transportation Implementation Strategy.

Past developments

Transportation update

August 26, 2016 – We have completed several transportation improvements since adopting the Marpole Community Plan in 2014. These improvements are to enhance safety and connectivity, and address local areas of concern identified throughout the planning process. Since 2014, we have completed the following:

  • Added new crosswalks, speed humps, and traffic diversions
  • Extended bikeways on SW Marine Dr, Kent Ave, and Cambie St
  • Revised pedestrian crossing times at major intersections along Granville St

We also recently purchased the 9 km Arbutus Corridor which will be transformed into a greenway that connects neighbourhoods from Marpole to False Creek. 

Read more about the transportation update  (1.4 MB)

What's happening to Marpole Place?

April 26, 2016 – To support the health and well-being of the Marpole community, and to help implement the goals of the Marpole Plan, the City-owned building known as Marpole Place is being renewed and will be available for use by a non-profit organization to provide community social services by late 2017 or early 2018.

The City is seeking a non-profit organization to lease this facility, located at 1305 West 70th Avenue, at a nominal lease rate of $10 per year. This building is approximately 12,000 square feet, with three floors of social service space, including a renewed community kitchen. Deadline for applications is August 16, 2016.

Read the request for proposal for more information

Join us for a transportation discussion on March 11

March 3, 2015 - What did we hear from the community in our work on Marpole's Transportation Implementation Strategy? Come and find out at our transportation discussion.

Our transportation staff will also share recent improvements to the strategy, next steps, and how Marpole will benefit from a "yes" vote in the upcoming Transportation and Transit Referendum.

Join us on our fall walking tours about transportation in Marpole

September 15, 2014 – How do people move around Marpole? How could we improve the walking and cycling routes in the Marpole Community Plan? Tell us what you think on a free walking tour with our transportation staff. 

Get tour details and register online:

Progress on Transportation Implementation Strategy

Based on feedback received so far, we have identified and implemented some immediate transportation improvements, including:

  • A new crossing and Montcalm Street and West 67th Avenue to improve safety around David Lloyd George Elementary
  • A left-turn signal at West 57th Avenue and Cambie Street

Share your thoughts about transportation in Marpole with City staff on the June 25 cycling tour

June 17, 2014 – Next Wednesday, take a morning bike ride through Marpole with staff from our Transportation Division. Along the way, we'll explore:

  • How people cycle around Marpole
  • How the bike routes identified in the Marpole Community Plan could be improved
  • Priority areas for improvement

Get tour details

Let’s develop a transportation strategy for Marpole

June 17, 2014 – Staff with the City's Transportation Division are working towards a Transportation Implementation Strategy to prioritize and implement the transportation policies in the Marpole Community Plan. We will be holding a series of meetings to:

  • Share information about the City's transportation planning and design principles, opportunities, and challenges
  • Listen to Marpole residents, businesses, community groups, and service providers to help us develop a strategy to implement the transportation policies in the approved Marpole Community Plan that reflect the community's transportation priorities

Read an overview of the Transportation Implementation Strategy  (220 KB)

Zoning amendments passed by Council

May 14, 2014 – After Council heard from speakers and reviewed correspondence, it approved the proposed zoning amendments that introduced two new zones in Marpole (RM-8/RM8-N and RM-9/RM-9N). It is anticipated the zones will be enacted in early June, enabling applications for the new housing types to be received shortly afterward.

Speak at a Public Hearing on proposed Marpole zoning amendments on May 13

May 2, 2014 – As part of implementing the new Marpole Community Plan, amendments have been proposed to the Zoning and Development Bylaw to allow the future possibility of townhouses/rowhouses, and 4-storey apartments in select areas in Marpole (Section 18.2 in the Marpole Community Plan).

The proposed changes include the following new zones and guidelines:

  1. RM-8 and RM-8N: Townhouse/rowhouse Zones
  2. RM-9 and RM-9N: 4-storey Apartment Zones

City Council will consider the proposed amendments at a Public Hearing on:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 6:00pm
City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue, Third Floor
Council Chamber

  • Speak at the Public Hearing

Marpole Community Plan approved by Council

April 2, 2014 – The Marpole Community Plan was approved by City Council today, along with a fixed-rate target for Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) in 6-storey apartment areas, and new district schedules to be referred to public hearing.

The next major step is for Council 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 townhouse/rowhouses and 4-storey apartments (Section 18.2 in the Marpole Community Plan). Stay tuned as the implementation of the Marpole Community Plan continues.

Council to consider draft plan on April 2

March 19, 2014 – City Council is scheduled to review the draft plan and related staff report on April 2, 2014.

You can comment directly to Council or sign up to speak to Council after the staff report presentation.

City releases proposed draft Marpole Community Plan

February 17, 2014 – The City has released the proposed draft of the Marpole Community Plan to be considered by City Council. We invite you to attend one of our learning sessions to find out more about the plan. You can also view the plan in detail online and submit any comments directly to Council for their consideration. Email Council or sign up to speak to Council once a date is set.

Highlights of the proposed draft community plan:

  • Includes policy direction for land use, housing, transportation, parks and public spaces, community amenities, heritage, and more
  • Focuses growth along or near major streets, where transit, shops and services are available
  • Provides direction on community facilities to serve a growing population
  • Improves affordable housing, parks and open space, transportation, and local business vitality

More learning sessions added

February 13, 2014 – We’ve had a lot of interest in our upcoming learning sessions, so we are adding three additional sessions:

  • Monday, February 17, 1:00 – 3:00pm
  • Tuesday, February 18, 12:00 – 2:00pm
  • Saturday, February 22, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Sign up early for a learning session on the proposed draft plan

February 3, 2014 – The Marpole planning team is about to release the proposed draft community plan for Council consideration. Sign up early to one of six learning sessions for an in-depth view. Each session will be identical, with a presentation and opportunity for discussion.

Learning session dates and times

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  • Monday, February 17, 3:30 – 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, February 19, 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Thursday, February 20, 1:00 – 3:00pm
  • Thursday, February 20, 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Friday, February 21, 1:00 – 3:00pm
  • Saturday, February 22, 1:30 – 3:30pm

Community discussions on the newly revised draft plan

December 18, 2013 – During November and December 2013, the Marpole planning team hosted a number of events to share the revisions made to the draft Marpole Community Plan, and to give the community opportunities to learn more, ask the planners questions, and share their feedback and concerns. Find out what we heard and view the presentation from the Dialogue Sessions.

November 7, 2013 – Explore the recent changes and details of the Marpole Community Plan. We have created plan highlights which you can explore above. Full draft policy details relating to housing, transportation, parks, community facilities, arts and culture, heritage and more, can be found under the Documents tab.

October 30, 2013 – For the past 18 months, we've been working with residents, businesses, and other stakeholders on a new community plan for Marpole. In June 2013, we received community feedback on a draft Marpole Community Plan. Since then, we've made some changes and will continue to work with the community on creating a successful new plan.

To learn more, join us at any of the following events:

Coffee Talks

Drop-in for a one-on-one discussion with the planners:

All materials from the coffee talks are available in the Documents tab.

Help us spread the word about the coffee shop series:

Community Dialogue Sessions

Come to a presentation by City staff and follow-up dialogue session:

  • Saturday, November 30, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Saturday, December 7, 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Both sessions will include the same presentation.

Due to room capacity limits, registration is required. Register or find more information on the event:

Kitchen Table Talks

Staff are also available to meet with small groups of residents, businesses or organizations (10-20 people) in your community. If you'd like to arrange an informal small group session with the planners, contact us at

Council's motion on next steps for the community plans

September 27, 2013 – On September 25, 26, and 27, Council met to discuss the "Community Plans: Next Steps" report. On the final day, Council passed a motion to defer the Marpole Community Plan for additional consultation, to be considered by Council no later than March 31, 2014.

View feedback on the draft plan

September 20, 2013 – In June 2013, the City hosted three open houses on the draft Marpole Community Plan. Community members provided their feedback via questionnaire (on paper or online), discussions with staff, and comments on sticky notes. Find out what we heard and view the results of the feedback.

Answers to frequently heard questions about the draft plan, in English and Chinese

September 20, 2013 – Get answers to your questions about the draft plan, in English and Chinese. Read our bulletin that responds to questions we frequently heard in the feedback. Bulletin topics include:

  • Zoning and rezoning
  • Neighbourhood character
  • Housing affordability
  • Property tax
  • Infrastructure and amenities
  • Parking
  • Crime

Staff to update Council on next steps for community plans

September 17, 2013 – Staff published the report "Community Plans: Next Steps" about the process and next steps for community planning work in Downtown Eastside, Grandview-Woodland, Marpole, and West End. Council will discuss this report on Wednesday, September 25 at 9:30am, at the City Finance and Services Committee meeting.

Council directs staff to review community plan schedule

August 1, 2013 – On Tuesday, July 23 Council directed staff to review the schedule for the four Community Plan processes currently underway.

Staff will look at progress to date and feedback gathered through the consultation process so far, in order to identify options for possible additional steps and a revised timeline and budget for each of the four plans. Staff will present a report and recommendations to Council on this matter in late September.

The staff report will be available online prior to the meeting and community members will have the opportunity to provide comment on in writing (via mail or email) or in person, on the day of the meeting.

Details on the specific meetings dates and times will be posted here as soon as they are available.

Thank you for your feedback on the draft Marpole Community Plan!

July 9, 2013 – On Wednesday, June 26, the City held its third and final open house on the draft plan directions for Marpole. All of the open house boards are available in the Documents tab.

The questionnaire related to draft plan directions is now closed. Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback. The comments collected will be used to make further refinements to the final version of the Marpole Community Plan.

Thin Street project no longer on the table in Marpole Community Plan

June 24, 2013 – On Saturday, June 22, the City hosted an open house on the Marpole Community Plan. Part of the open house was set aside to hear the opinions of residents from Marpole regarding the Thin Streets idea, which originated during public consultation by the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability. Specifically, the City was seeking feedback on a potential Thin Street pilot project on Ash Street, between West 59th Avenue and West 64th Avenue.

At the open house, and in the days leading up to it, residents told us they did not support the Thin Streets concept on Ash Street, and in Marpole in general. As such, we will no longer be pursuing a Thin Streets project in the Marpole area and the idea will not be included in the upcoming community plan. We very much appreciate you taking the time to respectfully let us know your thoughts.

What do you think about the draft plan directions?

June 21, 2013 – If you’re not able to attend one of our open houses (June 22, 24, 26) or would prefer to provide input in the comfort of your own home, this is your chance. Share your views on the draft plan directions for Marpole in our online questionnaire.

The questionnaire closed on July 7, 2013

Open houses on draft plan directions

Join us at an open house to review the draft plan directions. It's another opportunity to offer your feedback for the final Marpole Community Plan. A community plan only happens once every 30 years. Help shape your community's future!

Event date : Saturday, June 22, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Location: 8138 Granville Street Storefront (at West 65th Avenue)

Event date: Monday, June 24, 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Marpole Place Neighbourhood House, 1305 West 70th Avenue

Event date: Wednesday, June 26, 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre, 990 West 59th Avenue

What you thought about our emerging strategies

May 16, 2013 – Recently, we held several workshops and open houses to get your input on the emerging strategies for the Marpole Community Plan. We also had a questionnaire for you and your neighbours to tell us what you liked, or where you’d like to see some changes. Find out what we heard at these sessions and the results of the questionnaire in the links below. Your comments will be used to further refine the emerging strategies as we move towards finalizing the Marpole Community Plan. But before then, stay tuned as we’ll be back out in June with a draft plan to get your input!

What do you think about our emerging strategies for this plan?

March 5, 2013 – We have now completed our second and final open house on March 4, 2013. Weren’t able to attend? No problem. All of the open house boards are available under the 'documents' tab. You can share your thoughts on the planning process so far by completing our questionnaire.

The questionnaire closed on April 1, 2013.

What we heard from the Street-to-Park information Session on Marpole Park

February 25, 2013 – In January 2013, we asked residents what they thought about converting a street around Marpole or “Triangle” Park into more park space. Visit the Documents tab to find out what your neighbours and others told us.

City planning staff engage with a diverse group of residents

February 2013 – Staff were in the community, meeting with specific groups that face challenges to participate in our public events, such as open houses. Our Mandarin- and Cantonese-speaking staff met with over 200 residents, including youth, seniors, Chinese and Taiwanese residents, immigrants, and the Aboriginal community. We translated our planning materials in Chinese.

Open houses and workshops on emerging strategies for the plan

February 15, 2013 – Since we started the community planning process in April 2012, we have been out in the community listening to what you have had to say on a range of topics that affect your neighbourhood. Now it's time to shape the draft plan before it is completed in June.

Come to one of our open houses or workshops in late February or March to share your thoughts!

Feb 28, 2013 – Housing workshop (George Pearson)

March 2, 2013 – Open house (storefront at Granville and West 65th Avenue)

March 4, 2013 – Open house (Laurier Elementary School)

March 6, 2013 – Transportation workshop (Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre)

March 13, 2013 – Parks and Open Spaces workshop (Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre)

    What we heard from the Street-to-Park information sessions on Ebisu and Shaughnessy Parks

    January 18, 2013 – At our two information sessions in November 2012, we asked residents what they thought about converting a street into more park space to expand Ebisu Park and Shaughnessy Park. Check the Documents tab to find out what your neighbours and others told us.

    Street-to-Park information session on Marpole Park

    January 10, 2013 – In December 2012, we held information sessions to hear what residents thought about converting a street into more park space to expand Ebisu Park and Shaughnessy Park. At these sessions, many also suggested expanding Marpole Park.

    Join us at an information session to learn more about the idea of transforming a street around Marpole Park into more park space, offer your feedback and imagine what you'd do with more park space.

    Marpole Park Street-to-Park Info Session
    Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 10 am – 12 noon
    Marpole Park (West 72nd Avenue and Cartier Street)

    • See maps of the proposed expansion areas on the Details tab

    The comment form closed on February 11, 2013.

    Last chance to have your say on the Street-to-Parks project

    December 7, 2012 – Ebisu Park and Shaughnessy Park could be expanded by transforming a street into more park space. The initiative would also be part of the City's Greenest City intiatives. Tell us what you think through the online comment form.

    The comment form closed on December 10, 2012.

    Housing workshop for non-profits and co-op housing providers in Marpole

    November 29, 2012 – Non-profits and co-op housing providers were invited to share their views about housing issues, challenges, and opportunities in Marpole. The workshop was also an opportunity to share information on the Marpole Community Plan and the City’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy.

    Street-to-Park information session on Ebisu and Shaughnessy Parks

    November 8, 2012 – Since the City of Vancouver launched the Marpole Community Plan process this spring, we’ve heard that improving and expanding Marpole’s parks is a priority to you. As part of the current Greenest City initiatives, we can help make this happen! Ebisu Park and Shaughnessy Park could be expanded by transforming a street into more park space.

    • See maps of the proposed expansion areas on the Details tab.

    You can also join us at an information session on street-to-park conversions to learn more, offer your feedback, and imagine what you'd do with more park space.

    Ebisu Park Street-to-Park info session
    Event date:
    Saturday, November 24, 2012, 10:00am – 12:00noon
    Location: Ebisu Park (at Selkirk and West 72nd Avenue)

    Shaughnessy Park Street-to-Park Info Session
    Event date:
    Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 11:30am – 1:30pm
    Location: Shaughnessy Park (south end of Shaughnessy Street)

    Seniors dialogue

    November 5, 2012 – City staff, in partnership with SPARC BC, held a workshop for seniors in Marpole. The goal of the session was to identify opportunities to improve:

    • Healthy built environment
    • Human services and eating well
    • Healthy housing options
    • Active living and getting outside
    • Social connectedness

    Neighbourhood walking tour

    October 18, 2012 – Thanks to everyone who turned out for the walking tour on October 13. During the tour, we reflected on Marpole's four different and distinct areas and explored the neighbourhood, discussing key planning themes: housing, transportation, parks and public space, community amenities, and land use.

    Event date: October 13, 2012, 10:00am – 2:00pm
    Location: Marpole Place Neighbourhood House, 1305 West 70th Avenue (at Hudson)
    (A light lunch will be served.)

    Planning principle open houses

    October 3, 2012 – On September 26 and 29, we held two open houses and a series of focus group sessions to get the community’s ideas and thoughts on foundational principles that will guide the Marpole Community Plan. More than 200 participants attended these events.

    The principles are intended to inform comprehensive planning in Marpole, as well as shape future growth and development in the community. These open houses were designed to encourage participants to show us what these principles could mean at the neighbourhood level.

    "What we heard" open houses

    The Marpole Planning Team held several report-back events to share what was heard from the community so far. This included results from:

    • The Marpole questionnaire
    • The “places I love and places I would change” mapping activity
    • Conversations with you at our kick-off events in May
    • Feedback from youth, seniors, and Chinese residents

    This was a chance for the community to see what has been said so far and to help fill in any missing pieces.

    • July 14, 11 am – 3 pm – Marpole Summerfest
    • July 17, 4 – 8 pm – Oak Park
    • July 19, 4 – 8 pm – Ebisu Park

    Asset maps

    September 2012 – During Phase I of the Community Plan, we held a series of open houses and community events to hear your thoughts about Marpole. As part of these events, we set up asset mapping displays, where you showed us what you love and dislike, and gave us some great ideas for the future of Marpole.

    We have now mapped this information, and created an online version for you. By clicking on each marker, you can see the comments participants made in regard to a specific location.

    Marpole Community Plan questionnaire results

    September 2012 – The Marpole Community Plan questionnaire identifies key assets, issues and opportunities important to the Marpole community. The information gathered through this process is part of a wider collection of information which will help identify opportunities and set priorities for positive change and growth in the coming decades.

    Over the period that the questionnaire was open for community input (between May 1 – May 22, 2012), we promoted it at our open houses, in focus groups (youth, seniors, Chinese residents, and other established groups), at special events (storytelling night, walking tours), and through distribution on the street and at transit stations. All together, we chatted with over 1,000 people and received 525 completed questionnaires.

    Thank-you all very much for your involvement, enthusiasm and input!

    City planning staff engage with a diverse group of residents

    July 2012 – Staff were in the community, meeting with specific groups that face challenges to participate in our public events, such as open houses. Our Mandarin- and Cantonese-speaking staff met with over 250 residents, including youth, seniors, Chinese and Taiwanese residents, immigrants, and the Aboriginal community. We translated our planning materials in Chinese.

    We established the Neighbourhood Network and Marpole Community Plan Outreach Group (CPOG) to help encourage public participation so that the diverse voices of community members were heard throughout the planning process.

    Announcing the winners of the Marpole questionnaire and photo contest

    July 16, 2012 – Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the questionnaire and participate in the Marpole photo contest.

    The winners from the questionnaire and "Picture This" submissions are:

    • Mary – A pair of tickets to the symphony at the Orpheum Theatre
    • Alexx – A gift certificate for Characters Fine Books and Coffee bar
    • Bruce – A pair of tickets to the PNE

    Although the photo contest is officially closed, you may continue submitting, rating, and commenting on photos.

    Transportation 2040 meeting

    July 4, 2012 – As part of the Transportation 2040 Plan Phase 2 process, staff met with 20 community members to identify ways to improve cycling, walking, and transit for getting around in Marpole. The plan will provide a vision for the next 30 years and guide transportation decisions on how people and goods will move in and around Vancouver for the next 15 years.

    Marpole Community Day

    June 2, 2012 – The planning team joined the festivities to celebrate Marpole Community Day as well as to spread the word about the planning program.

    People placed dots on an asset map and commented on places they loved and places where they would like to see change in Marpole.

    Exploring Neighbourhood Energy Futures – Marpole session

    May 26, 2012 – The first of two special hands-on workshop on energy futures was held at the historic Marpole United Church. Participants explored how energy works in Marpole, and how to start planning and designing for a lower carbon future.

    Marpole Community Plan launch events

    Marpole walking tour

    May 6, 2012 – Residents joined Marpole local Jo-Anne Pringle and urban designer Margot Long as they explored the diversity of features that make Marpole unique on a walking tour that was part of the Jane's Walk series.

    City of Vancouver planner Lil Ronalds was on hand to answer questions about the Marpole Community Plan and discuss opportunities to get involved.

    Open house: Granville Street

    May 5, 2012 – The second open house showcased an assortment of activities that gave local residents a chance to weigh-in on the various issues, assets and opportunities in Marpole.

    The family friendly event also included live music, face painting and button making activities!

    Marpole Community Planning Open House May 2012Open house: Marpole Oakridge Community Centre

    May 2, 2012 – The first of two open houses showcased an assortment of activities that gave local residents a chance to weigh-in on the various issues, assets, and opportunities in Marpole.

    Storytelling event: There's No Place Like Home

    May 1, 2012 – The City of Vancouver held the Marpole Community storytelling event at the Metro Theatre. Kicking off the Marpole Community Plan process, the event covered a wide range of stories including cultural tales, the story of Musqueam settlement and the Great Marpole Midden, the story of a Chinese immigrant new to Canada and more.

    The event was also an opportunity for community members to understand the community planning process and have their say about issues and opportunities facing Marpole.

    Marpole Community Plan pre-launch workshop

    January 9, 2012 – The workshop was held at the Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre, and 18 participants attended. The purpose of the workshop was to:

    • Identify assets and issues in the community
    • Identify key areas in the neighbourhood that are in the greatest need of attention during the planning process
    • Review opportunities for strengthening community involvement and broadening participation during the planning process

    The input provided in the workshop will feed into the Marpole Community Plan Terms of Reference (TOR) – a document which sets the overall scope of the plan.

    City Council directs staff to begin community plan program

    July 28, 2011 – City Council voted to direct staff to begin a new community plan program for Marpole.

    Community plan documents

    Social Facilities and Services

    Transportation Implementation Strategy

    Related zoning documents

    Current rezoning and development applications

    Stay current on rezoning and development permit applications in Marpole:

    Background reports and documents

    About Marpole

    Public engagement

    January and February 2014 learning session on proposed draft plan

    Frequently heard questions on the draft plan, in English and Chinese

    November and December 2013 newly revised draft plan and public events

    November 2013 draft plan policy directions

    June 22, 24, and 26, 2013 open house boards with draft plan policy directions

    April 10 and 11, 2013 Youth+Planning workshop

    March 13, 2013 workshop on parks and public space

    March 6, 2013 workshop on transportation

    March 2 and 4, 2013 emerging strategies in the draft plan

    February 28, 2013 workshop on housing

    January 2013 Street-to-Park information session on Marpole Park

    December 2012 Street-to-Park information session on Ebisu and Shaughnessy Parks

    November 5, 2012 Seniors Dialogue session

    October 18, 2012 neighbourhood walking tour

    September 2012 open house on planning principles

    Marpole Community Plan Outreach Group meeting notes and presentations

    September 2012 asset maps

    July 4, 2012 Transportation 2040 meeting

    July 2012 "What we heard" results

    May 2012 open house on the plan overview and community profile

    Newly revised draft plan: We heard from you

    For the past 18 months, we've been working with residents, businesses, and other stakeholders on a new community plan. In June 2013, we received community feedback on a draft Marpole community plan. Since then, we've made some changes and will continue to work with the community on creating a successful plan.

    Residential character

    Protecting the quiet, single-family areas and focusing growth along major streets

    Community facilities

    Providing facilities to serve a growing population, including renewing the Marpole Library and Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre

    Housing affordability

    Improving affordable housing for families with children and renters, and availability of social and supportive housing for those in need

    Parks and open spaces

    Improving existing parks and increasing park space where possible, especially along the Fraser River


    Improving safety and comfort, and enhancing walking and cycling connections across major streets, to the Canada Line, and to the Fraser River

    Local business vitality

    The Granville Street shopping area is feeling tired and in need of revitalization and renewal, with a greater diversity of shops and services

    Respecting neighbourhood character while managing growth

    • Minimize change to single-family areas – about 80 percent of existing single-family zoned areas will not change
    • Focus growth along or near major streets, where transit, shops, and services are available

    New and improved community amenities

    • Create a comprehensive strategy that includes direction for:
      • A new community centre and library
      • Upgrades for existing facilities (Marpole Place and Marpole Oakridge Family Place)
      • New childcare spaces
      • New park space and improvements to existing parks
    • Work with the Vancouver School Board to ensure school capacity is expanded as the population grows

    Transit improvements

    • New bus connections between Granville Street and Cambie Street
    • Pursue future transit opportunities along the Arbutus Corridor

    Traffic improvements

    • Improve key intersections on major streets for people walking, cycling, or driving
    • Explore traffic calming measures to limit short-cutting between Granville and Oak Streets
    • Explore opportunities to extend parking hours along major streets

    Walking and cycling

    • Improve existing walking and cycling routes, and develop new routes, to better connect across the community and the broader area

    Housing affordability

    • Encourage a wider variety of housing options, such as townhouses for families with children
    • Protect and enhance existing rental housing
    • Increase social and supportive housing

    Vibrant local shopping area along the Granville "High Street"

    • Support local shops and services with new housing along Granville Street and the surrounding neighbourhood
    • Support affordable, small-business opportunities
    • Provide an enjoyable shopping experience with high-quality public spaces, including wider sidewalks, plazas, and landscaping


    Work on the new Marpole plan will be completed in four key stages.

    During each stage, there will be a number of opportunities for community participation and public involvement:

    Phase 1: Spring 2012

    The first phase of work will launch the project, and consists of:

    • The compilation of relevant city-wide policy
    • A review of existing research on neighbourhood issues
    • Community discussions on Local Area needs, challenges and opportunities related to the key areas of focus
    • The development of a Local Area Profile

    The Profile will be based on a variety of data sources and include sections such as demographics (e.g. population, age, household income, tenure, etc.), forecasts and demographic changes, housing stock (e.g. type, age, tenure, etc.), assessment of potential change and development under existing zoning, synopsis of existing land use and built form, community service needs, cultural spaces, health indicators, sustainability indicators, social development issues, business activity, and water/sewer/storm infrastructure.

    Details of the Profile will be provided in at the end of phase 1.

    Phase 2: Fall 2012 to Spring 2013

    The second phase of the project will be used to generate a plan and policy, and is comprised of three steps.

    Step 2.1: Community-wide policies

    This part of the program will look at key themes and topic areas. The main steps include:

    • Generating policy options
    • Broad public review of options, leading to refinements
    • Staff recommendations regarding the options
    • Incorporating the policies into the overall community plan

    Step 2.2: Sub-area plans

    The process involves open meetings and dialogue with stakeholders to collaboratively produce sub-area plans. The main steps include:

    • Review of existing policy, land use and transportation patterns
    • Urban design and economic analysis of options for new development, including alternative land uses
    • Examination of potential public benefits and improvements to public spaces
    • Identification of public open space opportunities
    • Opportunities to optimize street design and enhance active transportation and transit service

    Step 2.3: Community action projects and plans

    This part of the program focuses on initiatives to take coordinated action on pressing social issues, placemaking initiatives, community development opportunities and other actions that can be accomplished during the planning process.

    Some initiatives may be project based (such as urban agriculture and community gardens). Others may be more comprehensive explorations of issues and opportunities for community and service providers to pursue.

    Local Area interests and needs, and the availability of staff, volunteers and budget will determine the extent to which new action projects can be undertaken during community planning.

    Phase 3: Summer to Fall 2013

    At this stage all the elements of the community plan will be brought together for broad community review. The main steps include:

    • Preparing a draft community plan that combines the community-wide policies and sub-area plans
    • Identification of recommended priorities and other implementation-related activities
    • A final broad public review of the draft plan

    In an effort to ensure transparency in the process, staff will endeavour to provide a clear link between the ideas generated in Phase 2, and the recommended policies that are included in the plan, so participants will be able to see how their ideas have been incorporated.

    Phase 4: Fall to Winter 2013

    During Phase 4, the plan will be finalized and prepared for presentation to Council, including:

    • Modifying and refining the draft plan based on feedback staff preparation of a report for Council
    • Forwarding the draft plan to Council for adoption and to the Park Board and the School Board for consideration of parks and recreation, or education-related matters

    Details on the Street-to-Park initiative in Marpole

    Ebisu Park, Shaughnessy Park and Marpole Park could be expanded by transforming a street into more park space. The Marpole Community Plan team has heard from area residents and stakeholders that improving and expanding local park space is a priority. The initiative would also be part of the City's Greenest City intiatives.

    Ebisu Park - Two options for proposed expansion shown in blue and red


    Shaughnessy Park - Option for proposed expansion shown in yellow

    Marpole Park - Options for proposed expansion shown in shaded colour areas

    Work leading up to this community plan

    Marpole has been the subject of a number of planning initiatives since 1980:

    The Marpole Plan (1980)

    This plan provided direction on topics such as streets and park improvements, traffic management, housing, and shopping area revitalization. In the 1980s parks projects were completed and an area west of Granville was zoned for apartments.

    The Oakridge Langara Policy Statement (1995)

    This policy included part of the Marpole local area. Among other things, it called for provision of park space to serve Marpole. The Vancouver Park Board has since acquired land for park purposes at 71st and Osler, and on the Fraser shore east of the Oak Street Bridge.The Industrial Lands Policies (1995) directed that the industrially-zoned areas between Marine Drive and the Fraser River remain for industrial use.

    CityPlan: Directions for Vancouver (1995)

    CityPlan is a citywide plan that will guide City decisions on programs, priorities and actions through 2021. CityPlan provides general directions for a range of topics and issues in which the City is involved including neighbourhood centres, housing variety and affordability, neighbourhood character, services, safety, arts and culture, public places, economy and jobs, transportation, environment, downtown development, financial accountability, and decision making.

    The Community Visions Program is a component of CityPlan that provides each community with an opportunity to look into its future, determine its needs and aspirations, and set a course that is consistent with CityPlan. Community visioning is being implemented in areas where there has been little or no previous community planning.

    Land use and development guidelines

    History of Marpole

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