Beginning in the summer of 2017, we've been piloting a new public space on Bute and Robson Street, in partnership with the local BIA. This car-free space is for sitting, socializing, relaxing, and holding small events.
Staff have tested different lay outs, measured traffic impacts, observed behaviour in the space, and engaged with the community on a potential permanent plaza in this location.
The results indicate that the plaza is well used by locals and visitors, with no adverse congestion impacts to the neighbourhood. There is also strong community support, with over 75% of survey respondents supporting a permanent plaza in this location.
Council approves permanent plaza
On November 29, 2017, Council unanimously approved a staff recommendation that the space become a permanent plaza, and the current trial be extended until a permanent design is built.
- Read the report (1.5 MB)
- View the staff presentation (19.2 MB)
- Watch the Council video (presentation and discussion)
Thank you to everyone that completed our survey to help shape the future of the plaza!