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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    This question can apply to both the West 4th and South Granville villages: do these both need to be on major arteries? I am worried about both these areas becoming stroads. The fact Granville St needs to serve heavy thru-traffic means the area, the South Granville village can't be very pedestrian-oriented. If it were made pedestrian-oriented then the thru traffic would route around it to bypass this busy section. Hemlock is already a victim of that. It seems like in retrospect, the better idea would have been to put that commercial stuff on Hemlock and make Hemlock pedestrian oriented village (eg 1 lane, 30kph or perhaps no-cars, crossing signals that change for pedestrians right away, etc) and leave Granville to handle heavy thru traffic. Could the plan be to move it there long term?

    Wyatt asked 19 days ago

    Hello Wyatt,

    Thank you for your comments and ideas. We have heard from public that there are many transportation and public life goals and desires for the Granville area. The City is therefore planning to take a more detailed look at the long-term roles and functions of Granville, Fir, and Hemlock to see how we can achieve these goals. 


    The Broadway Planning Team

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    How can you widen the sidewalks on Broadwaywithout further congesting an already over-congested main arterial thoroughfare? Seems like the perfect recipe for congestion and increased carbon monoxide greenhouse gas emissions in the area. Or are you delusional enough to think that the cars will just go away?

    CliffG asked 5 months ago

    Hello,

    Apologies for the delay. The road reduction will initially be the curb lane in each direction on the blocks around the future 5 subway stations. Over time, the city will make that the standard width for Broadway. The intent is for wider sidewalks for pedestrians/patios. The lane reduction will be done by removing the lanes used for the busses and not private cars.

    Hope this helps,

    The Broadway Planning Team

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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 7 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 8 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 8 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

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