Frequently asked questions
What is an area plan?
Area plans are policy documents that guide and direct areas ranging from land use and urban design, to housing, transportation, and community facilities.
The City of Vancouver uses area plans to provide clear but flexible frameworks to shape positive change and growth in neighbourhoods over a period of approximately 20 – 30 years.
An area plan considers long-range and shorter-term goals, and works within broader objectives established for the entire city and at regional and provincial levels. It also recognizes the parts of the community valued by its citizens, and addresses the specific issues and initiatives of each area.
Why is the city creating an area plan for Broadway now?
Broadway is an area that’s important to our city and the region. It’s the second largest job centre in British Columbia and home to the largest hospital in western Canada. It’s an important transit route that takes people to the many offices, medical centres, schools, businesses and homes along the corridor.
It’s an ideal time for an area plan now that the Broadway Subway project is happening. Broadway will have greatly improved transit access and this is an important opportunity to look at the future of the area.
How will the Vancouver Plan and other planning programs and policies affect the Broadway Plan?
The Vancouver Plan is a big picture, public conversation about the future, exploring ideas about how Vancouver could change and what we as a city want to become in the future.
The Broadway Plan will inform and align with the Vancouver Plan's citywide planning process. It will look at challenges and opportunities in the unique neighbourhoods in the Broadway study area, along with principles, values and objectives for the neighbourhoods and Vancouver as a whole.
The Broadway Plan will take an approach that considers the larger context of the city and region but also engages people on a neighbourhood level and considers the diversity of the neighbourhoods and interests in the Broadway Plan area.
How does the COVID-19 pandemic impact the Broadway Plan?
The Broadway Plan continues to be a City priority and work is ongoing. We ‘ve adjusted our timeline and approach to engagement to follow public health measures. As a result, our anticipated date for presenting the Plan for Council's consideration has been shifted from December 2020 to late-2021.
Work on the Broadway Plan will also play an important role in Vancouver’s pandemic recovery and will be part of a coordinated citywide approach to community recovery efforts.
Will there be more opportunities to provide my input?
Yes, there will be many opportunities to provide input throughout the planning process. Despite COVID-19, we are continuing to take a neighbourhood-based, community planning approach to the Broadway Plan. We will be using a variety of digital tools (like Shape Your City) while social distancing measures are in place. We hope to organize more in-person engagement opportunities when health measures allow us to gather safely in larger groups.
We look forward to working with you to develop a plan that creates more housing affordability, space for jobs, social and cultural amenities and meets our city’s goals for sustainability and livability.