Cambie Corridor looking southeast over Queen Elizabeth Park and Oakridge

Cambie Corridor Planning Program: Phase 3

The Cambie Corridor is home to the Canada Line, which connects residents to jobs, amenities, and services throughout the Corridor and Vancouver.

In 2009, we launched a three-phase planning program to guide long-term, transit-oriented growth in the Cambie Corridor.

Phases 1 and 2 delivered land use policies for key sites and major streets, and provided early direction for public space improvements, neighbourhood energy opportunities, and community amenities. These two phases produced the Cambie Corridor Plan (2011).

We’re now working on Phase 3 to build on the plan, focusing on land use and new housing opportunities for the surrounding neighbourhoods within walking distance of Canada Line stations.

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Draft plan directions

The directions propose policy on housing, areas for change, parks and open space, community well-being, transportation, as well as the Unique Sites. Learn more

The directions also provide concepts and ideas for Oakridge MTC, exploring how it can grow within the Cambie Corridor and provide affordable housing opportunities. Learn more

Staff presented the draft plan directions at the 2017 Spring Open Houses. We collected feedback via two surveys and e've prepared a summary of what we heard has been prepared. What we heard  (244 KB)

What we’ve heard so far in Phase 3

Since launching Phase 3, we’ve heard from over 6,600 people! Some of the key themes we've heard include:

  1. Concern about the housing affordability crisis, especially for families, and the need for a stronger focus on affordable rental housing
  2. Desire for transit-oriented developments with more housing around Canada Line stations and near bus routes
  3. Need for an improved public transportation system.
  4. Make sure community amenities are provided to support the growing Corridor communities
  5. Concern about the pace of change taking place along the Corridor and its major intersecting roads

Cambie Corridor Plan (17.63 MB)

Learn about programs for long-term growth in areas along Cambie Street and its adjacent neighbourhoods.

Phase 3 (April 2015 to now)

Phases 1 and 2 (2009 to 2012)

Current rezoning applications

Council reports and minutes

Workshop materials and summaries

What we're focusing on in Phase 3

Phase 3 will develop an in-depth plan for the areas within walking distance of rapid transit and explore opportunities to:

  1. Integrate more ground-oriented housing choices, such as townhouses and rowhouses
  2. Create more housing options for families with children
  3. Integrate an effective transition from apartment areas to surrounding lower-density neighbourhoods
  4. Consider long-term redevelopment options for larger, unique sites within the Corridor (like the Balfour site and King Edward Mall)
  5. Coordinate Phase 3 areas with major project sites (such as the RCMP lands and Langara Gardens)
  6. Coordinate amenities and supportive funding strategies like Community Amenity Contributions

Also included:

  • A public benefits strategy to give strategic direction on community facilities, parks, childcare, affordable housing, and more
  • A public realm plan to guide outdoor public features like sidewalk improvements, landscaping, and plazas for key areas of the corridor

Where we're focusing

The overall Phase 3 study area is from West 16th Avenue to the Fraser River between Oak and Ontario streets.

However, our discussion of potential land use changes will be focused in key areas that are:

  1. Within one block of Phase 2 areas
  2. Adjacent to large sites like the RCMP lands and Langara Gardens
  3. Unique and generally large sites like King Edward Mall
  4. Located in the Marpole buffer area, a small area close to Cambie Street that was identified for future planning in the Marpole Community Plan
  5. Located along Oak Street

The initial focus area will be refined through community dialogue and technical analysis early in Phase 3.

How we'll plan and engage with you

We’ll be going out into the community and meeting residents, business owners, and anyone else interested in the future of the corridor to talk about options and hear your views.

Your ideas and feedback will be important in helping to shape the plan.

Step 1: Launch and early dialogue (spring to fall 2015)

In step one, we will:

  • Raise awareness about Phase 3 of the planning program
  • Seek community input on focus areas and explore early ideas for potential land use change and new housing options
  • Refine focus areas based on community input and analysis

Step 2: Policy development (fall 2015 to fall 2016)

In step two, we will:

  • Work with the community to explore policy options for focus areas and identify preferred areas for land use change and new housing options
  • Seek input on draft public realm plan directions and public benefits strategy

Step 3: Draft plan (fall 2016 to fall 2017)

In step three, we will:

  • Prepare draft directions for the plan
  • Invite you to review the proposed plan directions
  • Modify and refine the plan based on feedback

Step 4: Plan approval (late fall 2017/winter 2018)

In step four, we will:

  • Modify and refine the plan based on your feedback
  • Present the plan to City Council for consideration

During Phase 3 of the Cambie Corridor Planning Project, one way we'll engage with you is in small group focus, to encourage constructive dialogue on issues.

Cambie Corridor Plan vision

The Cambie Corridor Plan sets out a long-term vision for growth that will give residents opportunities to live, work, shop, play, and learn in the area.

The plan also reflects a commitment to social diversity and addresses affordable housing issues.

To accomplish these goals, the plan envisions a denser mix of housing and work space with transit and cleaner energy sources. There will be a focus on key amenities, such as shopping, local gathering places, improved parks, community facilities, and civic spaces.

Job space will be focused strategically in neighbourhood centres, existing shopping areas, and areas located close to transit stations.

Cambie Corridor planning principles

  1. Provide land use that optimizes the investment in transit.
  2. Provide a complete community.
  3. Create a walkable and cycleable corridor of neighbourhoods seamlessly linked to public transit.
  4. Focus intensity, mix, and community activity at stations and other areas with strategic opportunities for sustainability, renewable energy, and public amenity.
  5. Provide a range of housing choices and affordability.
  6. Balance city-wide and regional goals with the existing community and its context.
  7. Ensure job space and diversity.

Planning program phases

Phase 1: Planning principles and interim rezoning policy (July 2009 – January 2010)

Phase 1 delivered a set of planning principles (above) for the Cambie Corridor, as well as an interim rezoning policy, adopted by Council on January 22, 2010.

Phase 2: Core area development policy (January 2010 – May 2011)

Phase 2 produced the Cambie Corridor Plan, approved by Council May 9, 2011, and repealed the interim rezoning policy.

The plan includes policies on land use, design, and built form for sites along the Corridor's major streets.

Phase 3: Transit-influenced area policy (currently in progress)

Phase 3 builds on Phase 2, focusing on land use and new housing opportunities for the surrounding neighbourhoods that are within walking distance of Canada Line stations (existing and future).

This phase will also deliver:

  • A public benefits strategy that will guide the development of community facilities, parks, and childcare centres in the Corridor
  • A public realm plan for features like sidewalk improvements, landscaping, and plazas in the Corridor

Policies and land use changes developed and approved in Phase 3 will be added to the Cambie Corridor Plan.

Related projects

Contact us

cambiecorridor@vancouver.ca

Planning Information Line
– Vancouver South

604-873-7038 ext 3

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