Vancouver’s Jericho Lands are essentially 90 acres of greenfield, located amid some of Canada’s most expensive and most desirable real estate. [Ocean Views!!]
Here’s your chance to have your say about the evolving plan. Remember, though, Ken Sim and the NPA did not win council — so you won’t get a veto, even if that were possible here, given who owns the land.
Open House Events
Saturday, March 2, 2019 (12 pm – 4pm) Jericho Hill Pool & Gymnasium | 4180 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Ceremonial Welcome (12 pm – 1 pm) Formal welcome by representatives from MST Nations and City of Vancouver.
Open House (1 pm – 4 pm) – Following the ceremonial welcome, stick around to learn about the process, project background, City policies, proponent aspirations, talk to City staff, and meet the proponent team.
Thursday, March 7, 2019 (4:30 pm – 7:30 pm) Jericho Hill Pool & Gymnasium | 4180 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
This event provides another opportunity to learn about the Jericho Lands policy planning program and will display the same information as the March 2 event.
The site is close to big waterfront parks, major employment centres, and is increasingly likely to be on a major rapid transit line (Skytrain to UBC).
And the Jericho Lands are wide open for development. It’s a historic, city-shaping opportunity.
What will Vancouver and the site’s owners decide to do? A cheap ‘n cheesy car suburb? Slick towers for speculators and the wealthy? Transit-oriented density for families? Commercial; retail; public space? Roaring arterial motor vehicle thoroughfares? A safe and sane place for kids and other people moving about on foot or on a bike? A community? A bedroom? A place to park or speculate with or launder cash? Easy profits? Long term sustainability?
OK, probably some of most of those possibilities. But in what proportion, and with what emphasis? What’s out, and what’s in?
What are the role models? Oakridge? Heather Lands? Coal Harbour? West Vancouver?
Here are some hints, a rising island of semi-certainty in a vast foggy sea of potential development platitudes. Mostly, the direction is positive, since it’s in line with my preferences. Your reaction may vary.
The planning program will explore options that address important priorities including:
Ways to advance our collective work toward reconciliation
Creating a complete community with a range of housing options with different income levels and tenures
Providing new housing within walking distance of existing and future frequent transit routes, including a potential Skytrain extension to UBC
Providing shops, services, childcare, and employment space to support the new community and the rest of the city
Recognizing and celebrating cultural and heritage assets
Creating new parks and open spaces, and a comprehensive package of other community amenities to be determined through the planning process
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