In what I see as an introduction to the big one (Jericho), City of Vancouver has this on tap to launch its part of the planning process.
- October 13: A walking tour of the site (5-6.30pm) with staff and the team. Meet at the Fairmont Building (Heather & 33rd).
- October 15: An Open House & Artist Session on October 15 (11am-4pm) at VanDusen Garden Floral Hall. Learn more about the process, the proponent team, and City objectives. Sign up for a visioning workshop (1-4 pm) where an artist will sketch your ideas.
- October 17: An Open House & Illustration Viewing on October 17.(5.30-8.30pm) at VanDusen Garden Floral Hall (Rate the artist illustrations)
Personally, I am looking for transit-oriented development, and significant affordability. That is, moderate density to resemble that density now under construction on nearby Cambie St. But more.
Plus significant impetus, if not actual money, from the proponents to link their final design and its density to transit; to mandate construction of a Canada Line station at 33rd Ave and Cambie.
Hopefully, these proponents (CLC and MST Partnership) will be more visionary than others have been — notably those involved in the Tsawassen Mills mall, and its 1950’s style motordom-dependent development. To use the words of the Heather Lands proponents:
Aspirations: Design a healthy and liveable community… emphasizing the human scale, and positive social interaction, prioritize walking, cycling, and transit.
The City, meanwhile, has existing thoughts around the future of this site:
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Riley Park South Cambie Vision (2005): … provides general direction to increase the supply of ‘ground-oriented’ housing units with access to either a front or rear yard, to meet the demand for mature households as an alternative to basement suites or apartments.
Cambie Corridor Plan (2011): . . . establishes an urban pattern along Cambie Street that optimizes investment in the Canada Line, creates complete communities with a mix of housing types and employment space . . .