- The City of Vancouver is seeking public input about how 80 acres of City-owned lands in False Creek South could be used to help address the housing crisis, and contribute to achieving other priorities such as accelerating action on climate change, increased focus on equity and critical social issues and protecting and building the local economy.
- The purpose of this engagement is to explore the future of these lands, for the next 50 years and beyond, while striving to balance the interests of current neighbourhood residents with those of all Vancouver residents who own this land.
- This work is being undertaken from the City’s landowner perspective, and is connected but independent from the City’s False Creek South neighbourhood planning program, which is on hold. Further information about that program is available on the City’s website.
- We will use your feedback to help inform long-term decisions about the City-owned lands in False Creek South. In the short term we will also be compiling what we hear into an engagement summary report which we will post on our website.
- Public input from this engagement will also inform the City’s broader Vancouver Plan.
- The City of Vancouver manages hundreds of acres of land throughout the City on behalf of Vancouver residents, including in False Creek South. These lands are essentially owned by the citizens of Vancouver and managed for the public’s benefit, for example to provide housing, economic opportunities, park space and amenities.
- There are approximately 1,800 units on leased City-owned lands in this neighbourhood. Most of the 60-year leases expire in the next 15-25 years. False Creek South tenants and leaseholders seek more clarity regarding their expiring leases on City-owned lands.
- One of the guiding principles for long-term planning is to maintain housing that is affordable for diverse groups of people, including options for current residents. The City has a responsibility to manage these lands on behalf of all citizens, while respecting and engaging the residents who live there.
- The Provisional Resident Protection and Retention Plan (RPRP), approved by Council in 2018, seeks to support current residents through any changes to City-owned lands, such as by minimizing displacement, providing alternate housing options, and providing advance notice and transparency.
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