A City staff report that recommends the removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts will be introduced at a Regular Council meeting on Tuesday, October 20th. Speakers will be heard at the subsequent Committee Meeting at 2 pm on Wednesday, October 21st. The current estimated cost for the viaduct removal and the new road network is between $180 and $200 million. Outgoing Planning Chief Brian Jackson is a co-author of report, and bringing the report to council will be one of his final acts at the City before he leaves his job. Transportation director Jerry Dobrovolny is the other co-author.
The staff report will also consider making a new East-West connector to Clark Drive. The options in the report include constructing a new viaduct over the railway lands at Malkin or at National Avenue. A key question is whether there was sufficient and meaningful public consultation to get to this point, and whether public input is adequately reflected in the recommendations arising from the staff report on the future of the viaducts.
The Viaduct proposal is considering reconfiguring the long-promised Creekside Park. Note the extension of the park area into False Creek and the size of the new proposed area for intensive highrise development:
A significant number of view cones cover the sites under consideration:
Exclusive on CityHallWatch: A rendering in the viaducts report is out-of-date. Towers at 611 and 633 Main Street are not shown (16 & 17-storeys):