City Unveils New Plan for Contentious Grandview-Woodland Neighbourhood

Joannah Connolly
June 28, 2016

Heritage homes, “character streetscapes” on Commercial Drive and Hastings, rental housing and social diversity are at the heart of the new Grandview-Woodland community plan, according to the highlights report released this week by the City of Vancouver. 

The plan largely preserves the low-density character of the group of neighbourhoods that make up Grandview-Woodland, with the exception being the Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station area, which will see a new public plaza and towers up to 24 storeys high.

The community has seen a huge amount of protest over development in recent years, such as the protests last summer over a 12-storey social housing tower run by the Kettle Friendship Society, and objections over previous iterations of the community plan, which proposed towers by the SkyTrain station of up to 36 storeys. 

The Citizens’ Assembly formed following protests outside City Hall in 2013 was instrumental in forming the new version of the Grandview-Woodlands community plan, according to the City’s report, along with 85 open houses, public meetings, workshops and walking tours.

The new community plan has different proposals for each of the area’s seven neighbourhoods, with only the Commercial-Skytrain Station Precinct area seeing tall residential towers. The other areas will see relatively low densities, with a focus on creating more affordable housing, rental homes and family housing such as rowhomes and infill houses. Planners propose the Kettle tower be reduced to nine storeys with a four-storey low-rise building.

The plan says it will create 4,350 “more affordable” home ownership options and 1,400 market rental homes over its 30-year life. It will be put to a council vote in July.

For more details, check out the City’s infographic below or here, and for the summary report, click here

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Joannah Connolly
Joannah Connolly is editorial director of Glacier Real Estate, Glacier Media's real estate division. Joannah writes and curates real estate news for Glacier Media's local newspaper websites, including the Vancouver Courier, North Shore News, Burnaby Now, Tri-City News and others. She also oversees editorial content in Real Estate Weekly Homes, West Coast Condo, Western Investor and Glacier's special real estate publications. A dual Canadian-British citizen, Joannah has 22 years of journalism and editing experience in Vancouver and London, with a background in construction, architecture, healthcare and business media. Joannah has appeared on major local TV outlets as a real estate commentator, has moderated and spoken on various industry panels, and spent two years hosting the Real Estate Therapist radio show on Roundhouse Radio.