Our Mission is to create a dialogue with the City of Vancouver to establish a process to preserve and enhance the False Creek South community beyond lease end, enabling the community to evolve and diversify in a way that is sustainable for existing residents and the City of Vancouver.

The False Creek South Neighbourhood Association created *RePlan in 2010 to work with the City of Vancouver on developing new lease options to preserve the community beyond lease expiry. Most *RePlan volunteers live in the community and devote hundreds of hours of personal time every year on the complex issues involved in lease renewal.

Of almost 3,000 housing units in False Creek South, about 1,800 are located on leased land owned by the City of Vancouver. 

Leases on City land expire between 2022 and 2046. Uncertainty about what the City of Vancouver might decide to do when leases expire is starting to cause real problems. The most significant issue is that new mortgages and loans for building improvements are becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to obtain. This is because financial institutions only amortize loans for five years less than the duration of the lease. As time goes by, this issue may impact the value of homes and ability to borrow money to pay for necessary maintenance at co-ops, stratas and non-profit housing.

In January 2017, Vancouver City Council voted unanimously to:

  • Develop Terms of Reference to guide a community planning process in FCS

  • Develop affordable housing options for all FCS residents to remain in the community

  • Produce a framework for resolving lease issues

  • Evaluate land governance options

  • Initiate building condition assessments

  • Approve False Creek South principles for community engagement

We believe new leases are enablers for a successful community plan and affordable housing options for all. The strata buildings, co-op housing, non-profit and market rental developments, care homes, and a live aboard marina on leased land in False Creek South constitute a significant stock of affordable housing, especially in Vancouver, where many moderate income families can no longer afford to live. The seawall, waterfront green spaces, and adjacent Granville Island provide community and commercial uses for local residents and a welcoming resource for the entire city and many tourists.

False Creek South is considered a model urban neighbourhood internationally. But we need to act now to sustain this community for existing residents and future generations.