Broadway Plan

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Elevated view looking west along Broadway.

The Phase 2 Virtual Open House Is Now Closed

In March 2019, we launched a planning process to create a comprehensive community plan for the area within Vine Street to Clark Drive and 1st Avenue to 16th Avenue. The 30-year plan will focus on opportunities to integrate new housing, jobs, and amenities around the new Broadway Subway. This webpage provides a none-stop location where you can learn about the Broadway Plan, provide your feedback and stay up to date on engagement opportunities.


This Virtual Open House for Phase 2 Emerging Directions that ran between February 16 and March 31 is now closed. We are now summarizing what we heard and will be publishing a Phase 2 Emerging Directions Engagement Summary in the coming months. We will be using this information to inform the "Phase 3 Refined Directions" which will be the next stage of our work plan. We will be updating this website with more opportunities to engage on the Broadway Plan as the work plan progresses.


Click on the section or neighbourhood you would like to learn about. Once there you can:

  • View the interactive StoryMap giving a highlight of information
  • Explore the linked materials (boards and neighbourhood profiles) for more detailed information
  • Ask a question or leave a comment and we'll respond within two business days

Provide your feedback

  • Review the "Updates" tab below for other opportunities to get involved

The Phase 2 Virtual Open House Is Now Closed

In March 2019, we launched a planning process to create a comprehensive community plan for the area within Vine Street to Clark Drive and 1st Avenue to 16th Avenue. The 30-year plan will focus on opportunities to integrate new housing, jobs, and amenities around the new Broadway Subway. This webpage provides a none-stop location where you can learn about the Broadway Plan, provide your feedback and stay up to date on engagement opportunities.


This Virtual Open House for Phase 2 Emerging Directions that ran between February 16 and March 31 is now closed. We are now summarizing what we heard and will be publishing a Phase 2 Emerging Directions Engagement Summary in the coming months. We will be using this information to inform the "Phase 3 Refined Directions" which will be the next stage of our work plan. We will be updating this website with more opportunities to engage on the Broadway Plan as the work plan progresses.


Click on the section or neighbourhood you would like to learn about. Once there you can:

  • View the interactive StoryMap giving a highlight of information
  • Explore the linked materials (boards and neighbourhood profiles) for more detailed information
  • Ask a question or leave a comment and we'll respond within two business days

Provide your feedback

  • Review the "Updates" tab below for other opportunities to get involved

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.

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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    What will happen to the results of the current survey and the comments that people make.? Will these be made public so everyone can read what other people think? Making them all public will lead to more understanding of other people's points of view and will lead to better more informed conversations. The transparent process that occurs during a Public Hearing is the kind of process that the Shape Your city website should be aiming for.

    j pierce asked 13 days ago

    Hello,

    The results of the survey are going to be made public and included in the Phase 2 Engagement Summary Report. We're hoping to publish this report by late spring or early summer. We certainly agree that sharing this information is important to keeping the public informed.

    Thank you for writing to us,

    Andrew

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    The Covid pandemic has resulted in some trends that will likely, according to many urban commentators, remain permanent. These are - working some or all the time from home; the desire of many people for more space inside their homes to allow for work space, and for private green space outside, and a decline in demand for office space possibly even leading to recycling of some commercial space into residential. In what way do your proposed guiding principles incorporate these likely future trends?

    j pierce asked 19 days ago

    Hello again,

    The COVID pandemic has certainly influenced how we think about cities in the future. However, the lasting impact of some of the "trends" are still up for debate. Many technical experts, stakeholders and community leaders aren't certain which COVID "trends" will be permanent or not just yet. That being said, over the last year, we've learned that COVID actually reinforces many of the guiding principles. The last year has shown that we need a robust public realm that provides plenty of room to both gather, walk, cycling and or roll through. It has also reinforced that we need a resilient and diverse economy that supports a range of employment opportunities (especially small businesses). Another example is the need for affordable, diverse, equitable and inclusive complete neighbourhoods. 

    Best,

    Andrew




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    You say in my your response to an earlier question, that this phase of the process is to get feedback to determine whether you are on the right track. What kind of feedback would you need in order to result in any significant changes to what you are proposing?

    j pierce asked 19 days ago

    Hello,

    We use a mix method approach to engaging with the broader community and stakeholders. We use our survey results, focused meeting with stakeholder groups, and feedback from the public to help inform, shape, and modify the emerging policy direction. The best way for you and your neighbours to help the ongoing policy development is to participate in the various engagement opportunities that we host as the project progresses. Some of these opportunities may include: completing the survey, participating in workshops, and sending emails/letters. 

    Thank you kindly,

    Andrew

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    How come the Broadway Plan isn’t focused on attracting good, high-paying jobs into the City? If there were better jobs, you wouldn’t be taxing to death the smart ones that could get good careers (excluding the > 1400 making 6 figures at City Hall) in order to support the ones that don’t make an effort with subsidized housing in areas I can’t afford.

    Sue Do asked 12 days ago

    Hello Sue,


    Thank you for your feedback. The Broadway Plan is focused on helping to attract a diverse range of paying jobs (including high paying jobs) over the next 30 years. The early policy directions found on page 59 in our boards highlight some ways which we hope to do so. The boards can be found here: https://syc.vancouver.ca/projects/broadway-plan/broadway-plan-emerging-directions-open-house-boards.pdf 


    As referenced on the "At Work" board: The City has recently completed a comprehensive study on the likely demand for employment space over the next 30 years. The Employment Lands and Economy Review found that by 2051, city-wide, there will be demand for: 

    • 35,700 to 66,000 office jobs 
    • 1,600 to 4,000 hotel jobs 
    • 26,800 to 49,100 retail/ commercial jobs (e.g. restaurants, personal services)
    • 5,300 to 8,900 industrial jobs 


    The opportunity for Broadway is immense. Broadway is one of the top destinations for the development of new employment spaces in the entire region, second only to the Central Business District in Downtown Vancouver. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the fundamentals that drive a positive long-term outlook for employment space demand are present in the Broadway area; such as a central location, high-calibre educational institutions, proximity to a large and diverse rental housing stock and the upcoming Broadway Subway extension. 


    I would encourage you to review the board reference above to learn more details about how the Broadway Plan will continue to build a strong foundation for Vancouver's future prosperity.

    Best,

    Andrew

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    How will affordable housing be provided ? Who will set the price ? Who will have access to affordable housing ? What rental prices are considered affordable? I see that more and more young people are forced out of the city because it’s not affordable for them to rent here .

    Marc s asked 22 days ago

    Hello Marc, 

    In Broadway Plan, because affordability is a relative measure to income, we’re looking at enabling a number of types of affordable homes. I’ve outlined the most common types below with answers to your questions around access and prices:

    • Social housing – this is rental housing owned by a non-profit or government and the prices are typically set at no more than 30% of a tenants income with upper limits on income set by the Province. For individuals on income assistance the rent is no more than the shelter component of income assistance. The Province and various non-profits keep waitlists for social housing and when new units become available tenants are matched to housing that meets their needs.

    • Below-market rental housing – this is rental housing delivered by the private market with rents set below the average market rent by legal agreements that the City requires.  This is a new housing type being piloted in Vancouver and is typically targeted to moderate income households earning between $30K-$80k/year. You can read more about the Moderate Income Pilot Program here (scroll to bottom under “Rental programs”: https://vancouver.ca/people-programs/creating-new-market-rental-housing.aspx

    We have also heard from many young people about the difficulties they have in imagining a future in Vancouver without access to affordable housing. We hope to address some of that need through the Broadway Plan.


    Best regards,

    The Broadway Planning Team

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    I understand that the City has agreed to intensify residential density near the subway stations in order to sup[port the subway cost. I am wondering- about what size increase in number of units do you expect to introduce around each station in order to meet that agreement? Is there additional density being proposed for areas farther from the station? And, if this is approved, about how many additional units would that add?

    j pierce asked 19 days ago

    Hello J Pierce,


    Thank you for your question. It is important to note, that no final decisions have been made seeing that the Broadway Plan has not been approved by Council. To date, the Broadway Planning Team has only introduced the idea of intensifying around future subway stations through the Phase 2 Emerging Directions public consultations. The purpose of this stage of engagement is to collect feedback on these early policy directions to see if we're on the right track. More detailed policy work is still to come. Further, I should also clarify that we still have not landed on specifics heights or densities. We anticipate engaging on those details of the Plan during Phase 3 Refining Directions in June/July of 2021. 


    I hope this helps,

    Andrew

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    With respect to the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood - Broadway Shoulder Area, any discussions/thoughts on how these shallow lots can be redeveloped?

    8690Ash asked about 1 month ago

    Hello 8690Ash,

    On their own, the shallow lots have limited development potential under the existing C-3A zoning. Through Broadway planning, we are building on the existing policy direction from the Mt. Pleasant Plan to consider lot assembly/consolidation across the lane with the I-1 zoned properties to the north. There is an opportunity to explore innovative mixed-use development incorporating light industrial, commercial and rental housing. More specifics on use mix, public benefits, and building heights, densities and forms will be part of our Refined Directions engagement in June/July 2021. Stay tuned for that, and in the meantime we encourage you to share your thoughts on that sub-area as part of the current Emerging Directions survey.


    Hope this helps,

    Andrew

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    Why cannot your excellent plan be extended west to Alma street recognising two new villages at 1. Broadway and Macdonald 2, Broadway and Alma

    Peter M Genge asked 24 days ago

    Hello Peter,

    Thank you for the kind words. Unfortunately, at this stage the mandate of the Broadway Plan is to align with the future Broadway Subway extension. The purpose of the Plan is to think about how the neighbourhoods immediately around the future Broadway Subway will grow, change and take advantage of the rapid transit infrastructure over the next thirty years. Alma to MacDonald are important areas however they are a fair ways away from the subway and therefore out of scope for the time being. 

    Hope this helps,

    Andrew


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    I hope at transit transfer points (eg City Hall - Canada Line) there will be a direct and integrated exchange as in most modern transit systems. I do not understand the inability to transfer directly between Canada Line and Expo Line at either Waterfront or City Center / Granville. Even less developed country's transit systems are more integrated!

    asc beach ave asked about 1 month ago

    Hello Asc Beach Ave,

    That is an excellent suggestion. 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 .

    Thank you,

    Andrew

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    I’ve noticed that you mention the 3 or 4 original streams that have been paved over. Why not indicate them on your master plan ? It might provide use with creative solutions when we all reimaging what Kitsilano could. I would suggest you overlay all the original creeks ... it could help reconnect parks, bike paths, walkways, pedestrian corridors ect ect

    daviddclarke asked about 1 month ago

    Hello David,

    Thanks for this suggestion. We've heard from the community that day lighting these streams is something that would be of interest to the community. Our One Water and  team is looking into how our neighbourhoods can take advantage and work with these assets to create more sustainable and resilient communities. Hoping to have more information on this in Phase 3.

    Andrew