Council approves planning principles; defers process until progress is reached on leases negotiations

In the 1970s, Vancouverites established key planning principles for the area we now know as False Creek South. A diversity of incomes and tenure types, a desire to minimize cars and maximize pedestrian mobility, and a continuous waterfront walkway are but a few of the key principles that informed the development of one of our city’s most famous beloved neighbourhoods.

Excerpt from original False Creek South urban design principles document

On May 16th 2018, as part of the False Creek South neighbourhood planning process, Vancouver City Council approved a preliminary vision statement and neighbourhood-wide planning principles that will guide change in the community over the coming decades.

City Planner Gil Kelley kicked off the staff presentation to Council with a reflection on the success and values inherent to the original False Creek South “experiment”:

“I want to note a marker in time that should guide our planning principles today. We have been working on a robust engagement over the past nine months with the community on the principles and vision for long term redevelopment of the False Creek South area … As a personal reflection, going back in time thinking about when this was conceived as an urban experiment, a very remarkable one that was started in the mid-70s. Rather than look at this through the lens of Real Estate development, the effort was to create a strong enduring sense of community with a strong environmental, or what we now call a sustainable, ethos. Even more significant was reclaiming a piece of shoreline for families and mixed-incomes right in the centre of the city. That’s the bedrock that we want to see continued and that is key to bringing forward those principles to guide us in long term phased redevelopment … Forty years on, we are continuing the strong interest in these principles with options fo