Design & Development
April 10, 2019

The Future of Residential Development in Vancouver


Indigenous.  And primarily west of Alma.


It was Mike Harcourt’s observation: most of the new residential development in this city, potentially in the tens of thousands of units (at least for the next several decades), will be on reserve lands of the Squamish and Musqueam, or on lands sold to a joint entity like the MST Development Corp and partnered with Canada Lands or others.

The sites with greatest potential are, at the moment, Jericho East and West – but when the lease on the University Golf Course expires, that site will dwarf all the others.

Here’s the list of current or potential sites, marked with stars on the map above, from west to east:

  • Lelem
  • University Golf Course
  • Jericho West
  • Jericho East
  • Squamish reserve lands, south Burrard Bridge
  • Heather Lands
  • Former Liquor Distribution Branch site
  • Musqueam reserve lands, also subject to leases

Only reserve lands are not subject to city regulation; the acquired sites, like Jericho, proceed largely as though private-sector development.  But, of course, they’re not – at least in the sense that they’re seen to be part of the reconciliation process.

And in a city where even a single apartment block (see posts below) is treated by some as the first step in the ghettoization of Vancouver, others will welcome the opportunity to address housing issues under the cover of settler obligations to First Nations.



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