Broadway Plan Emerging Directions: Fairview

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Welcome to the Fairview section of the Emerging Directions Virtual Open House

This section introduces land use policy and place-specific considerations for Fairview.

To learn about the Fairview Emerging Directions highlights, visit the Fairview StoryMap.

View the detailed Fairview Emerging Directions content in PDF format.

Review the Fairview neighbourhood profile.

Complete the survey to provide your feedback.

Person pushing a stroller on the sidewalk in front of a clothing shop

Welcome to the Fairview section of the Emerging Directions Virtual Open House

This section introduces land use policy and place-specific considerations for Fairview.

To learn about the Fairview Emerging Directions highlights, visit the Fairview StoryMap.

View the detailed Fairview Emerging Directions content in PDF format.

Review the Fairview neighbourhood profile.

Complete the survey to provide your feedback.

The Broadway Plan team is happy to answer any questions you may have about the emerging directions for Fairview. 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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    Having looked at the Kitsilano profile, the area seems to fulfill all the expectations set out in the objectives of the overall plan for the area. Why, then, is there a proposal to increase the height of buildings in Kitsilano?

    Debra Simmons asked about 1 month ago

    Hello Debra,

    Increased heights for buildings are being considered in Kitsilano in response to a number of community needs we’ve identified through the planning process. We have heard a strong desire for more rental/affordable housing options in Kitsilano, particularly with the new Subway station at Arbutus, including rental homes suitable for families with children. In recent years the rental vacancy rate has been less than 1%, and very little new rental as been built in recent decades compared to ownership housing. We also know that the existing rental housing is aging and will need significant reinvestment/renewal in the coming decades. However this must be approached very carefully in order to balance the need for renewal with mitigating displacement impacts. We’ve heard that maintaining existing affordability is important to the community and the provision of additional density alongside affordability requirements in new buildings works towards this goal of enabling renewal while maintaining affordability into the future. There is also a need for additional space for jobs, such as offices, close to the future Subway. Increased building heights will help enable new rental housing and job space close to rapid transit, amenities and services.


    Hope this helps,

    The Broadway Planning Team

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    To whom it may concern My question : Are existing green spaces not designated as parks such as Granville loop park on the west side of the granville bridge going to be developed? The east side of the granville loop is designated a park. Go figure My concern is the government will sell this well utilized and established green space to developers . Density seems to be a priority for this city and well established existing green spaces for people to relax and play outside are not important.

    Nelson asked 17 days ago

    Hello Nelson,

    As you may know, as part of the Granville Connector project the long term intent is to reconfigure the west loop block to improve circulation and walking and cycling connections, and create a more regularized intersection at Granville and 5th (https://vancouver.ca/files/cov/granville-bridge-connector-open-house-boards-january-2020.pdf -- see board 28).


    The future use(s) of the west loop block will be determined through the Broadway Plan. Council direction is to explore options that include and support park/green space. At this time no recommendations or decisions have been made about the block.

     

    Currently, in the Emerging Directions phase for Broadway Plan, is the following policy direction: "Explore future uses for the Southwest Granville Loop that include and support public green space." (Granville/Burrard Slopes sub-area, see Board 30: https://syc.vancouver.ca/projects/broadway-plan/broadway-plan-emerging-directions-open-house-boards.pdf)

     

    Focused engagement, including with the South Granville BIA and businesses in the area, will help shape the future use(s) for the block. This engagement will get underway later in the spring/summer, so please stay tuned for that. Also if you have any ideas or input specific to the block at this time, I encourage you to have your say via our online survey open until March 31st (survey link - https://talkvancouver.questionpro.ca/a/TakeSurvey?tt=SsPBl7OJ88xMXwoF19gY6w%3D%3D&_ga=2.25855549.1065098859.1616446119-1152093174.1569597034).


    Our team is always listening and looking forward to continued discussions on this important topic.

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    With the increase in population from al of the new rental spaces planned, where will the kids go to school since most in the area have waiting lists to get into kindergarten, where will they go to get library books as Kitsilano branch is the most heavily used branch in the system and Firehall is VERY small, where will they find medical assistance when they need it as all walk-in clinics are overbooked? Where will the city get the money for the additional services needed for the increase population and the services they will need to supply? Will developers be asked to provide monies for these services in addition to only bike racks and child care centres?

    Debra Simmons asked about 1 month ago

    Hello Debra,

    Great question.  Our team is in regular contact with the Vancouver School Board. We meet with them on a quarterly basis collaborating on policy areas of mutual interest. Community and social facilities and services like schools, libraries, and community centres are needed to help individuals, families, groups, and communities meet their social needs. We know that as our communities grow, these community and social infrastructure assets provide much needed services. The Broadway Plan is an opportunity to plan and meet the social-serving needs of community by ensuring that services and programming are available and accessible across the Broadway area. Its for this reason that we're introducing a number of emerging directions that speak to planning for those needs. Early policy directions (click here) about how these can be realized  can be found in the "Community wellbeing" (page 85-88) and "public benefits strategy" (page 91-92) . More details about how these can be funded will be fleshed out as the Broadway Plan workplan progresses into Phase 3 and Phase 4.

    I hope this helps,

    Andrew

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    Hi! What is the city going to do to make South Granville more livable? The area is full of young renters yet when I walk along Granville street all I see are high-end furniture stores. The neighborhood feels like a food desert at times and is certainly not a ‘complete community’.

    Yung Professional asked about 1 month ago

    Hello Yung Professional,

    Thank you for your comments. From our engagement, we've heard from people that the South Granville area is generally working well today with its cherished “village-like” atmosphere and as a place for shopping, dining and socializing. The diversity of businesses and small, active storefronts help create a distinctive character and an interesting walking experience. 

    However, that being said, of course there are opportunities for improvement. You raise an important point: there is a need for more diverse retail like grocery stores and other types of small business that meet a range of community needs. Its for this reason that one of the emerging directions we're introducing is to "Work with the South Granville BIA to support and encourage more local-serving shops and services." We area also looking to support opportunities for new cultural, entertainment and nightlife venues. 

    In the meantime, if you're interested in "complete communities" work you can also get involved in the Vancouver Plan process and the Complete Neighbourhoods work, please visit https://shapeyourcity.ca/vancouver-plan and https://shapeyourcity.ca/completeneighbourhoods.

    Hope this helps. Looking forward to having more conversations about this as the work plan progresses into Phase 3.

    Best,

    Andrew

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    As someone who has lived in this neighborhood at 6th & Granville for 12 + years, I am disappointed that I am not given the chance to discuss the direction of the park at 4th/5th and Granville/Fir. It's a beautiful green space! Studies have shown that green spaces in surrounding communities have a positive phycological impact on their well being. This area has many residents who enjoy it including our wildlife. It seems that the city is not considering the real benefits of this space and shows extreme ignorance. Those of us who are unable to attend the workshop are not happy and feel ignored. Please arrange a discussion surrounding the future of this area if you plan on taking it way from us

    Tiziana asked 23 days ago

    Hello Tiziana,

    As you may know, as part of the Granville Connector project the long term intent is to reconfigure the west loop block to improve circulation and walking and cycling connections, and create a more regularized intersection at Granville and 5th (https://vancouver.ca/files/cov/granville-bridge-connector-open-house-boards-january-2020.pdf -- see board 28).


    The future use(s) of the west loop block will be determined through the Broadway Plan. Council direction is to explore options that include and support park/green space. At this time no recommendations or decisions have been made about the block.

     

    Currently, in the Emerging Directions phase for Broadway Plan, is the following policy direction: "Explore future uses for the Southwest Granville Loop that include and support public green space." (Granville/Burrard Slopes sub-area, see Board 30: https://syc.vancouver.ca/projects/broadway-plan/broadway-plan-emerging-directions-open-house-boards.pdf)

     

    Focused engagement, including with the South Granville BIA and businesses in the area, will help shape the future use(s) for the block. This engagement will get underway later in the spring/summer, so please stay tuned for that. Also if you have any ideas or input specific to the block at this time, I encourage you to have your say via our online survey open until March 31st (survey link - https://talkvancouver.questionpro.ca/a/TakeSurvey?tt=SsPBl7OJ88xMXwoF19gY6w%3D%3D&_ga=2.25855549.1065098859.1616446119-1152093174.1569597034).


    Our team is always listening and looking forward to continued discussions on this important topic.

    Andrew

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    I find it highly concerning and disappointing that the general public in the south Granville are of Fairview have not been given a chance to discuss the future of the park at Fir/Granville and 4th/5th. Taking this space away from the neighbourhood and the local wildlife shows an extreme ignorance to the future of greenspace in matching the increase in residents in the area. Those of us that are unable to attend the workshops are annoyed and ignored. You will need to arrange a discussion surrounding the future of this area if you plan on taking away an existing public space.

    RowGil asked 25 days ago

    Hello RowGil,

    I can assure we're listening. As you may know, as part of the Granville Connector project the long term intent is to reconfigure the west loop block to improve circulation and walking and cycling connections, and create a more regularized intersection at Granville and 5th (https://vancouver.ca/files/cov/granville-bridge-connector-open-house-boards-january-2020.pdf -- see board 28).


    The future use(s) of the west loop block will be determined through the Broadway Plan. Council direction is to explore options that include and support park/green space. At this time no recommendations or decisions have been made about the block.

     

    Currently, in the Emerging Directions phase for Broadway Plan, is the following policy direction: "Explore future uses for the Southwest Granville Loop that include and support public green space." (Granville/Burrard Slopes sub-area, see Board 30: https://syc.vancouver.ca/projects/broadway-plan/broadway-plan-emerging-directions-open-house-boards.pdf)

     

    Focused engagement, including with the South Granville BIA and businesses in the area, will help shape the future use(s) for the block. This engagement will get underway later in the spring/summer, so please stay tuned for that. Also if you have any ideas or input specific to the block at this time, I encourage you to have your say via our online survey open until March 31st (survey link - https://talkvancouver.questionpro.ca/a/TakeSurvey?tt=SsPBl7OJ88xMXwoF19gY6w%3D%3D&_ga=2.25855549.1065098859.1616446119-1152093174.1569597034).


    Thank you,

    Andrew

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    I am extremely disappointed that the general public in the south Granville area of Fairview have not been given a chance to discuss the future of the park at Fir/Granville and 4th/5th. Taking this space away from the neighbourhood, guests to the city and the local wildlife shows an extreme ignorance to the future of greenspace in matching the increase in residents in the area. Those of us that are unable to attend the workshops are annoyed and ignored. Please arrange a discussion surrounding the future of this area if you plan on taking away an existing public space. Especially since the plants and other mature trees in public greenspace (now called Granville West) to the west of the Granville Street Bridge provide an important role as a carbon sink helping to trap carbon dioxide between the bridge traffic and local residents homes.

    karlas asked 25 days ago

    Hello Karlas,

    As you may know, as part of the Granville Connector project the long term intent is to reconfigure the west loop block to improve circulation and walking and cycling connections, and create a more regularized intersection at Granville and 5th (https://vancouver.ca/files/cov/granville-bridge-connector-open-house-boards-january-2020.pdf -- see board 28).


    The future use(s) of the west loop block will be determined through the Broadway Plan. Council direction is to explore options that include and support park/green space. At this time no recommendations or decisions have been made about the block.

     

    Currently, in the Emerging Directions phase for Broadway Plan, is the following policy direction: "Explore future uses for the Southwest Granville Loop that include and support public green space." (Granville/Burrard Slopes sub-area, see Board 30: https://syc.vancouver.ca/projects/broadway-plan/broadway-plan-emerging-directions-open-house-boards.pdf)

     

    Focused engagement, including with the South Granville BIA and businesses in the area, will help shape the future use(s) for the block. This engagement will get underway later in the spring/summer, so please stay tuned for that. Also if you have any ideas or input specific to the block at this time, I encourage you to have your say via our online survey open until March 31st (survey link - https://talkvancouver.questionpro.ca/a/TakeSurvey?tt=SsPBl7OJ88xMXwoF19gY6w%3D%3D&_ga=2.25855549.1065098859.1616446119-1152093174.1569597034).


    Thank you,

    Andrew

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    I am currently living in a residential area along the south side of 8th avenue, but the broadway plan is to change it to commercial use. How do I get involved to keep it as a residential property?

    Marc asked 26 days ago

    Hello Marc,

    The best way to provide your feedback would be to take our survey. Click here to learn more.

    Also, I'm curious which residential building you're speaking about. Happy to clarify any concerns you may have. Please email us at broadwayplan@vancouver.ca


    Andrew

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    what are you going to change?

    janis asked 26 days ago

    Hello Janis,

    That is a simple but complex question. I would encourage you to look at these documents to learn more about the work we're doing:

    Broadway Plan Boards (Complete set): https://syc.vancouver.ca/projects/broadway-plan/broadway-plan-emerging-directions-open-house-boards.pdf 

    Broadway Plan Highlights Booklet (summary document): https://syc.vancouver.ca/projects/broadway-plan/broadway-plan-emerging-directions-booklet.pdf 


    Hope this helps,

    Andrew

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    Area A between Spruce and Alder on Fairview Slopes - increasing height and density. Does this mean blocking the views from the slopes by constructing taller buildings on 6th?

    SR asked about 1 month ago

    Hello SR,

    It’s important to note that at this point in the planning process, we haven't landed on specific heights and densities for any location. We will be engaging on that during Phase 3 and Phase 4 of the work plan later this spring. At this stage of the plan, we are beginning to think about how different areas may grow and change at a neighbourhood level. Specific heights/densities will come out later in Phase 3/4. Happy to circle back on your question about views later in Phase 3 once we landed on those specifics.

    Andrew