The Cambie Corridor is set to get a massive influx of new housing, with 11,500 new homes planned under Phase 3 of the area’s redevelopment, the City announced Monday June 12.
The draft plan is the City’s first to introduce below-market rental housing as part of its housing policy. Of the 11,500 new homes planned, more than 4,000 are intended as “affordable” homes, including social and rental units linked to residents’ incomes.
“The third phase of the Cambie Corridor Plan is the first of many exciting steps that puts the City’s Housing Strategy into action with vision for the neighbourhood that delivers a housing mix that meets peoples’ needs,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “I’ve heard loud and clear that people want a mix of housing – rental, townhomes and row houses – near schools, parks and transit in Vancouver’s low-density neighbourhoods. This plan for the Cambie Corridor provides that and more.”
A series of public consultation events are being held this week to let residents offer their feedback on the Cambie Corridor plans and city-wide need for housing.
The Cambie Corridor Phase 3 planning program will hold two public open houses to share information and discuss the draft plan directions
• Thursday, June 15, 2017, 4-8 pm, Oakridge Centre Auditorium, 650 West 41st Avenue
• Saturday, June 17, 2017, 11am-5pm, Oakridge Centre Auditorium, 650 West 41st Avenue
• An online questionnaire will also be available at vancouver.ca/cambiecorridor
In addition, “The Big Conversation,” a public forum on the future of housing across Vancouver, will be held on Saturday, June 17, 10am-1.30pm at the Vancouver Curling Club at Hillcrest Centre. This is a free event but there is limited space; register at vancouver.ca/housing or complete the online questionnaire by June 23 if you cannot attend.
City staff are scheduled to report back to council in late July with results of the initial public feedback, as well as an update on priority actions. The City stated that new interim 10-year housing targets will also be proposed to create housing “based on what people can afford, in new locations, and in housing forms that meet the needs of our diverse population.” It added that these targets will be refined throughout the fall and will become part of the final Housing Vancouver Strategy.