Broadway Plan

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Broadway Plan

We would like your feedback on the comprehensive planning and engagement process for the Broadway Plan. The Broadway Plan Team will use this page to provide project updates and ask for community input on different aspects of the plan.

In March 2019, we launched a two-year process to create a comprehensive community plan for the area within Vine St to Clark Dr and 1st Ave to 16th Ave. Through the process, there will be ongoing opportunities to share your thoughts.

The 30-year plan will focus on opportunities to integrate new housing, jobs, and amenities around the new Broadway Subway.

Our goal is to support growth while maximizing the opportunities associated with the new rapid transit connection to the region.

The plan will address the need for:

  • Increased job space
  • Deepening housing affordability
  • Minimizing displacement of existing tenants
  • New or improved connections
  • Improved parks and public spaces
  • New and renewed public amenities


We would like your feedback on the comprehensive planning and engagement process for the Broadway Plan. The Broadway Plan Team will use this page to provide project updates and ask for community input on different aspects of the plan.

In March 2019, we launched a two-year process to create a comprehensive community plan for the area within Vine St to Clark Dr and 1st Ave to 16th Ave. Through the process, there will be ongoing opportunities to share your thoughts.

The 30-year plan will focus on opportunities to integrate new housing, jobs, and amenities around the new Broadway Subway.

Our goal is to support growth while maximizing the opportunities associated with the new rapid transit connection to the region.

The plan will address the need for:

  • Increased job space
  • Deepening housing affordability
  • Minimizing displacement of existing tenants
  • New or improved connections
  • Improved parks and public spaces
  • New and renewed public amenities


The Broadway Plan team is happy to answer any questions you may have about process, timelines or engagement. Please send us a question and we'll get back to you within one business day.

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    In your presentation, you state that street design concepts for station blocks will be shared with the public for review and input this fall. Will we be notified that these concepts are available for review or should we be checking the website for updates?

    Willow asked 5 days ago

    Hello Willow,

    We will be advertising public engagement opportunities through a variety in online, print and in person ways. Materials and notifications will always be posted here on the ShapeYourCity website. We will also be sending notification through our listserv email list.

    We will be sharing more information in the coming weeks.

    Andrew

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    How will I know when the Design Concepts are available for public comment? Will there be an email notification or will I have to check the website on a regular basis?

    Willow asked 15 days ago

    Hello Willow,

    Friendly point of clarification: there won't be any "design concepts" for review during the upcoming phase of engagement. However, this fall we will be sharing high level policy directions for themes such as housing, jobs and economy, land use and built form, transportation, and public realm as well as areas within the study area that may experience some growth and change.  

    To answer your second question: We will be sending out notifications to the community to participate in the process through the mail, our listserv email updates as well as on this website.

    Hope that helps answer your questions.

    Andrew

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    You encourage residents to stay up to date by viewing this web site. Will you send notifications when updates are made?

    Willow asked 20 days ago

    Hello Willow,

    Yes of course we would like residents to stay up to date  and we will be using all the tools at our disposal to get our updates out. Our team will be sending notifications using email and social media when we achieve key milestones and or provide major updates like new reports, surveys, or engagement events. 

    Andrew

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    Are you opening the street? Or digging under?

    Manuel Bernaschek asked 21 days ago

    Good morning Manuel,

    Thank you for asking this question. I'd like to clarify the roles and responsibilities of the subway construction first. The Province of British Columbia, not the City of Vancouver, is responsible for the constructing the subway. The City through the Broadway Plan team is leading the creation of the 30 year community plan that will help manage and guide growth and change (housing, jobs, retail, parks and public space, etc) around the new subway. 

    The Province's will be using tunneling to build the subway for the majority of the line with the exception around the station site blocks (Arbutus, Granville, Oak St, Cambie, Main, Great Northern Way, and Clark). These station sites will be dug up in order to build the platforms and stations. If you require more information about the subway construction please contact the Province here: https://www.broadwaysubway.ca/contact/connect/ 

    Best,

    Andrew

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    What exactly is a BIA? The pdf mentions it 20 times but there is no definition for us newbies.

    Andy Smyth asked 21 days ago

    Hello Andy,

    Thank you for the question. A BIA is a 'Business Improvement Area" . They are business districts managed by a non profit that represents local businesses within its boundary.  Some of things BIA's get involved in are advocating for the business interests and local economy of the area, tourism, streetscape beautification, and safety. If you would like to learn more about what BIA's do and where they're located in Vancouver visit: https://vancouver.ca/doing-business/business-improvement-areas-bias.aspx  .

    Best,

    Andrew

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    What is planned for 600 Block East 12th Avenue? It is not highlighted on the map with any new colour, yet falls in the community plan. Any proposed changes to allow higher density rental or resale? Thanks

    604 asked about 1 month ago

    Hello, 

    Thank you for your question about proposed changes at 600 East 12th Ave. We don't have any updates on any changes to heights or densities for properties within the study area at this time. More information will be available about high level policy as well as areas for growth and change at our "Emerging Directions" open houses. These are tentatively set for late 2020. Please monitor our website and listserv updates for more information.

    Thank you kindly,

    Andrew

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    Could the Broadway Plan mandate good design in terms of architecture and public realm? This is very important for this mid-rise corridor's success, and the anticipated growth is a great opportunity to make Vancouver even more attractive!

    daniel_kryz asked 3 months ago

    Good afternoon Daniel,

    Thank you for your note. You are right, good design does impact the success of our city and its neighbourhoods. The Broadway Plan will provide policy direction that will guide how the neighbourhoods will grow and change. The plan will have polices that also help shape buildings, streets and the overall public realm. As part of this, we will be exploring creating/updating design guidelines . This may include policy guiding streetscape elements, architecture and built form elements, open spaces, transition in scale, etc.

    We heard through our public engagement that as a street Broadway itself lacks a unified and legible public space. We are studying how we can improve the pedestrian experience and gathering opportunities. We want to see our main streets like Broadway and others in the study area be as successful as possible.

    I would encourage you to continue to monitor our website over the coming months as we'll be hosting more opportunities for the public to share their input on different aspects of the plan. I hope that you are your neighbors are able to participate.

    My best,

    Andrew

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    When can we expect more engagement on the plan, and why was the timeline extended to 2021?

    green_grass asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for the question. Yes you can expect more engagement on the plan. We're going to be using this Shape Your City Page to engage the public on certain aspects of the plan and are hoping to potentially do some in person engagement when/if public health measures allow us to. 

    To answer your second question: COVID-19 has interrupted our ability to engage with the public on key milestones of the plan. It was always our intent to share emerging directions via open houses in April/May 2020 for public feedback. This was and continues to be a very critical stage of the plan process that allows the public and stakeholders to review and provide feedback. Unfortunately,  we can’t progress to the next phase without it.  As a result, we‘ve adjusted our timeline and approach to engagement to follow public health measures. 

    I trust this answers your question,

    Andrew