What is a policy statement?

    A policy statement is a guiding document that establishes principles, objectives, and policies relating to a range of topics. These include, reconciliation, land use, density, building types and heights, mobility, sustainability and infrastructure, ecology, parks and open space, community amenities, and development phasing. 

    The Jericho Lands policy statement will be created in consultation with the community and landowners before being presented to Council for consideration at the end of the process. If adopted, the policy statement will inform any future rezoning and redevelopment of the Jericho Lands. While broad directions are confirmed in a policy statement, further refinement of the proposal will occur during rezoning phases.

    Where are the Jericho Lands?

    The Jericho Lands are located within Vancouver's West Point Grey neighbourhood. The site is bound by West 4th Avenue to the north, Highbury Street to the east, West 8th Avenue to the south, and Discovery Street and West Point Grey Park (often referred to as Trimble Park) to the west.

    How big are the Jericho Lands?

    The Jericho Lands are approximately 36-hectares (90-acres) in size. They are comprised of two parcels. The eastern parcel, referred to as Jericho Garrison, is 21-hectares (52-acres). The western parcel, referred to as Jericho Hill, is 15-hectares (38-acres).

    Who owns the Jericho Lands?

    The Jericho Lands are owned by a joint venture partnership between the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation, and Tsleil-Waututh Nation (MST) Partnership and the Canada Lands Company (CLC).

    The eastern parcel, referred to as Jericho Garrison, was previously owned by the Department of National Defence (DND) until 2014 when ownership was transferred to the MST Partnership and CLC. The MST partnership and CLC share 50/50 ownership of Jericho Garrison.

    The western parcel, referred to as Jericho Hill, was previously owned by the Province of British Columbia. In 2016 ownership was transferred from the Province to the MST Partnership.

    To learn more about the joint venture partnership, please visit the proponent team's website at inspirejericho.ca/about-partners.

    Who is the MST Partnership?

    The MST Partnership is a partnership between the three local First Nations of the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation, and Tsleil-Waututh Nation.

    In the case of the Jericho Lands, the MST Partnership is represented by the MST Development Corporation (MST DC).

    To learn more about each the Nations, please visit the following websites:

    Who is the MST Development Corporation?

    The MST Development Corporation (MST DC) is an entity that was established to oversee properties owned by the MST Partnership.

    To learn more about the MST DC, please visit mstdevelopment.ca.

    Who is the Canada Lands Company?

    The Canada Lands Company (CLC) is a self-financing, Federal Crown corporation that specializes in real estate, development and attractions management. CLC reports to the Parliament of Canada through the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility.

    To learn more about CLC, please visit en.clc.ca.

    What is the difference between the Jericho Lands and the proposed Senakw project at Burrard Bridge?

    The Jericho Lands are owned by corporations (namely the MST Development Corporation and Canada Lands Company) and are not located on federal or reserve lands. As such, the development of the Jericho Lands will be subject to all municipal laws and by-laws in respect to use and development of the site.

    This is unlike the proposed Senakw project which is located on Squamish Nation reserve land. As it is located on reserve land the Squamish Nation's land use planning jurisdiction applies and not the City of Vancouver's.

    Will there be future opportunities for public engagement?

    During every phase of the planning program there will be opportunities to provide feedback to the City of Vancouver's planning team. These will include opportunities to fill out a questionnaire, survey or feedback card, speak with staff at public events, participate in workshops and a design charrette, and to speak at Council.

    If the policy statement is approved by Council there will be future opportunities to provide feedback during the subsequent rezoning phases.

    How long will the Jericho Lands planning program take?

    The Jericho Lands planning program is a multi-year process with multiple stages. The development of the policy statement is anticipated to take at least two years. 

    If approved by Council the land owner(s) will then be required to submit rezoning, development permit, and building permit applications. On a project of this size it is anticipated that the land owner(s) will submit multiple, phased applications. 

    Upon receiving approval for permits the land owner(s) will then undertake a multi-year phased build out of the site. The build out could take approximately 20-30 years.