Grandview Woodlands Community Plan
With files from Emily Lazatin
The public is getting a first look at the City of Vancouver’s revised Grandview Woodlands Community Plan.
The document is a 30-year planning guide for the neighbourhood, which stretches from the Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station north to the residential areas bordering the port.
The re-do comes after massive public opposition to council’s original 2013 plan. That sent the city back to the drawing board, after establishing a Citizens Assembly to provide community feedback.
Despite long simmering opposition, it looks like towers are coming to the neighbourhood.
The new plan involves densification in several key areas, particularly around transit, though not to the scale the 2013 plan had imagined.
That document had envisioned towers up to 36 storeys next to the SkyTrain.
The tallest tower in the new plan, 24 storeys, would be located in Commercial Broadway station precinct, where the Broadway and Commercial Safeway currently sits.
Six-10 storey towers next to the transit hub, six storey buildings along East Broadway, and townhouses and duplexes in the residential area around 10th avenue are also envisioned.
An 18 storey tower is envisioned for Clark and Hastings, with the residential area northeast from there seeing 12 storey mixed use buildings near the shopping district. Several other areas could see buildings of up to six storyes, and the core of Commercial Drive will remain fixed at four.
Core residential areas such as Britannia Woodland and Grandview will for the most part be preserved in as low rise form.
Former president of the Grandview -Woodland Area Council, who fought the 2013 plan says many in the community have opposed high towers.
“I hate building that high, but frankly I think that’s the best we’re going to get. Down from 36 (storeys) last time.”
But he says he sees some things to like in the new plan.
“I see they’re adding new rental stock and that’s very much what this district needs.”
“Especially in Grandview where 60% of the people are renters. This is what we need, we don’t need any more condo towers, that’s for sure, and we definitely don’t need any more single family housing.”
The plan calls for the creation of 1,400 market rental units, along with a further 1,400 new non-market units.
The city telegraphed interest in a bike lane for the street back in December, attracting significant opposition from some local businesses who fear the loss of parking.
The new document does not lay out specific details for the lane, however a map published late last year shows it running from about 10th avenue to just north of 1st avenue.
The city is now taking public feedback on the proposed plan.
You can weigh in via an online survey until July 21st.
Officials are also holding three open houses in the coming weeks:
- Wednesday, June 29, 5:00pm – 9:00pm open house
- Tuesday, July 5, 5:00pm – 9:00pm open house
- Saturday, July 9, 1:00pm – 5:00pm open house