The planning process moves along with documents and another open house about this 21-acre (8.5 hectare) site in the heart of Vancouver. What you read here (or see there) is likely to contain strong hints about other developments by this same group. Namely, the 92-acre Jericho Lands.
November 2 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
VanDusen Garden Floral Hall, 5251 Oak St, Vancouver
City Planning Background: HERE (10.4 MB PDF).
Owners’ Info (including 3 conceptual site plans): HERE (18.4 MB PDF)
Several things caught my attention, first from public input at the previous open house events, as captured in the City Planning Background PDF (above):
Housing types: families, seniors, rental were top of the list
Transportation: Pedestrian focus, limiting motor vehicle traffic, improved transit connections. (A Canada Line station at 33rd & Cambie is still visible as a “Future Potential Station”. Hardly very reassuring).
Design new public streets to prioritize people walking and cycling over motorized vehicles. The site will be comfortably and safely accessed by people of all ages and abilities. Traffic will be highly calmed, with routes designed for vehicles heading to homes, shops, services and deliveries on the site, rather than for travel through.
Protect important cross town cycling routes from increased vehicle turning patterns. Maintain an efficient north-south cycling route on Heather Street that provides a safe environment for cyclists of all ages and abilities.
Cyclist routes through park space will be designed to enhance the cyclist and park user experiences, while maintaining efficiency for commuter cyclists.
From the Joint Venture Partnership Document (MST Partners-CLC) PDF (Above):
Potential for “attainable housing” (for essential services providers and Nations members).
Three conceptual site plans: starting on p14 HERE. There are larger site views, perspective (massing) views and specialized plan views on parks, mobility and land use. Here’s a taste of the concepts: “Gathering”. Note building heights up to 18 stories, some retail, childcare, cultural centre and park land. This is unlikely to be a car suburb full of McMansions, but rather a densely-populated site, integrated into the Cambie corridor’s transit-oriented Oakridge Municipal Town Centre (see City document, pages 6-8).
As usual, click either for a large slideshow view of both