Broadway Plan Emerging Directions: Character Areas

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Welcome to the Character Areas section of the Emerging Directions Virtual Open House

This section introduces land use policy and place specific considerations that are based on community input and analysis of land use, built form, history of change and other key considerations.

Four general character areas have emerged for the Broadway Plan study area:

  • Villages
  • Residential Areas
  • Centres
  • Industrial and Employment Areas

These places contribute to the community in different ways and have their own unique qualities. The character areas provide a general spatial framework for how the Broadway neighbourhoods can grow and change to meet community needs.

View the detailed Character Areas Emerging Directions in PDF format.

Complete the survey to provide your feedback.

Welcome to the Character Areas section of the Emerging Directions Virtual Open House

This section introduces land use policy and place specific considerations that are based on community input and analysis of land use, built form, history of change and other key considerations.

Four general character areas have emerged for the Broadway Plan study area:

  • Villages
  • Residential Areas
  • Centres
  • Industrial and Employment Areas

These places contribute to the community in different ways and have their own unique qualities. The character areas provide a general spatial framework for how the Broadway neighbourhoods can grow and change to meet community needs.

View the detailed Character Areas Emerging Directions in PDF format.

Complete the survey to provide your feedback.

Do you have a question about the emerging directions for the Character Areas?

The Broadway Plan team is happy to answer any questions you may have about the emerging directions for the Character Areas. Please send us a question and we'll get back to you within two business days.

Note: If you have a question about the Broadway Subway, please contact the Province of British Columbia's project team which is responsible for the station design and construction. If you would like more information about the Broadway Subway Project visit broadwaysubway.ca or email broadwaysubway@gov.bc.ca 

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    Is there a plan to somehow connect great northern way headed north between Main and Clark? Will there be a road that crosses the tracks heading north towards terminal that isn’t either Main or Clark?

    C C asked 6 months ago

    Hello, 

    The City has long-term aspirations to provide north-south connections across the Canadian National (CN) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail yards. However, at this time we are unsure of CN and BNSF’s plans for the rail yards and therefore not yet able to move forward with these aspirations. When more information is available, we will look for opportunities to implement these connections.

    Best regards,

    The Broadway Planning Team

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    In your recent answer to David, you respond in part with this statement: “Generally the most extensive change would occur in the Centres, but even so redevelopment would be on limited sites in most places.” Is the concept of “redevelopment on limited sites in most places” applicable to the RT Areas?

    rlh asked 7 months ago

    Hello, 

    Thank you for your question. Generally, in the RT areas we will be exploring ways to diversify the housing choice with new rental apartment options while fostering a mix of building types. For more details on RT areas, check out the Emerging Directions for the ‘Residential Areas’ on pg. 15 of our boards

    Over the coming months, we will be working on more detailed land use policy directions and have further opportunities for public engagement.

    Best regards,

    The Broadway Planning Team

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    Is it probable the Broadway Plan Study will result in minimal up zoning in the vast majority of the areas, but still significantly increase public benefit contributions via CACs and DCLs upon redevelopment?

    David Price asked 7 months ago

    Hello David,

    Thank you for your question. 

    The Broadway Plan Emerging Directions consider intensification (i.e. increased height and density) in strategic locations to enable new affordable housing and job space, and contributions towards public benefits. Generally the most extensive change would occur in the Centres, but even so redevelopment would be on limited sites in most places.

     Most new development would pay DCLs. CACs from rezonings would be guided by the DCE Policy (https://vancouver.ca/files/cov/development-contribution-expectations-policy-appendix-c.pdf). Overall the City’s priorities for increased height/density are affordable housing and job space. Cash or in-kind CACs for public benefits (e.g. childcare, cultural space) from additional strata density would be considered in limited circumstances. The Broadway Plan Public Benefits Strategy will also consider innovative funding tools and approaches (e.g. co-location of community facilities) to enable the delivery of community amenities in the area.

    Hope this helps,

    The Broadway Planning Team