West End Community plan

Vancouver city council has approved the controversial West End community plan that will see an estimated $600-million invested in the neighbourhood over the next 30 years, and will include a number of new towers and buildings.

While the plan allows for some infill development at the heart of the neighbourhood, the most noticeable changes will be seen along the major thoroughfares on the edges of the community — most notably along Burrard and Georgia, and to a lesser extent on Robson, Alberni, Davie and Denman. As the Vancouver Sun explains:

Up to seven new ultra-tall, thin towers as tall as 550 feet could be allowed along Georgia and Burrard, adding to the six the city has already said could be built without significantly changing the city’s domed silhouette and its heritage view corridors.

Only one, at the corner of Burrard and Georgia, has been allowed to scale 700 feet.

The City says the West End will welcome 7,000 to 10,000 more people in the next 20 years.

Besides increasing density, another goal of the plan, according to the city, is to protect the West End’s existing rental stock, which accounts for over 80 per cent of all households. The investment dollars will also go toward more parks, public spaces, affordable housing, child care, and a new community centre and library.

Rendering of a potential public space at Davie and Bute:

Conceptual drawing of potential new public space at Davie and Bute.

‘Enhanced’ laneway between Barclay and Haro Streets at Cardero Street, showing infill rental housing and new public space:

Rendering of ‘enhanced’ laneway between Barclay and Haro Streets at Cardero Street, showing infill rental housing and new public space.

Illustration of public space at Alberni and Thurlow Streets, showing potential temporary street closure and winter holiday market:

Rendering of public space at Alberni and Thurlow Streets, showing potential temporary street closure and winter holiday market.

You can read the plan in its entirety here.

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