False Creek Flats view of the tracks

False Creek Flats Arterial Community Panel to make final panel recommendation for new route

April 6 2019 –

Today, the community panel for the False Creek Flats Arterial will recommend a new route for a new east-west grade-separated arterial through the False Creek Flats. 

The panel, a group of 38 demographically diverse Vancouver residents and business participants, worked together over 14 weeks to recommend the route that best meets the needs of the neighbourhood, city, and region as a whole. While the community panel will make its recommendation, this is not the final decision or word on the alignment. 

The panel was asked to consider nine route options:

  • Malkin Avenue (North, Central, and South variations)
  • National Avenue (National-Grant, National-Charles, and National-Civic variations)
  • Prior/Venables (overpass and underpass variations)
  • William Street

The panelists participated in significant learning sessions, including:

  • Eight days of learning and discussion
  • A site tour of the area
  • Multiple stakeholder presentations 
  • Two public workshops for non-panel public to participate in
  • Four alignments for exploration 

Next steps

The community panel will present their recommendation to Council and Park Board for information in late April. 

Staff will incorporate this final phase of public input and move forward with technical analysis. Staff will then make a final recommendation to Council in fall 2019. 

City Council and the Park Board will have the final authority to accept, modify, or reject specific recommendations at its discretion, or refer aspects to appropriate City and Park staff.

Videos of each presentation made to the community panel were live-streamed on Facebook and can be found online:

Learn more about the panel process at