Open houses for Cambie Corridor Phase 3: June 15 (Thurs), June 17 (Sat)

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Image credit: City of Vancouver

(Updated, with text of media release from City of Vancouver at bottom, PLUS Vancouver Courier article.)

Important open houses:

Thursday, June 15
4:00-8:00pm
Oakridge Centre Auditorium, 650 West 41st Ave

Saturday, June 17
11:00am – 5:00pm
Oakridge Centre Auditorium, 650 West 41st Ave
These two events will provide the same content at two time options.

online questionnaire: vancouver.ca/cambiecorridor

The following info is excerpted from City of Vancouver website. Click here for much more information.
http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/cambie-corridor-plan.aspx

Cambie Corridor Planning Program

Join the conversation – Spring 2017 open house
Join the conversation and continue to help us shape the future of the Corridor through our online consultation (May through June) and our Cambie Corridor – 2017 spring open houses.

These events will be a chance to discuss and provide feedback on all of the draft plan directions presented over the spring and learn about planning for the Oakridge Municipal Town Centre area.

How we’ll use your feedback
Following the open houses, we will use your feedback to modify and refine the final, comprehensive Cambie Corridor Plan, which we are targeting to present to City Council for consideration in late fall 2017/early 2018.

The Cambie Corridor Plan was approved in 2011 and wrapped up the first two phases of the planning program. It set the vision for key properties along major streets and provided a broad strategy for public benefits and spaces, and neighbourhood energy opportunities.

The Cambie Corridor Planning program guides long-term growth in areas along Cambie Street and its surrounding neighbourhoods.

The 19-km Canada Line connects residents to jobs, amenities, and services throughout the Corridor and city, linking the area to downtown Vancouver, Richmond, Vancouver International Airport, and to other east-west transit services.

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TEXT OF MEDIA RELEASE FROM CITY OF VANCOUVER

City of Vancouver
News Release
June 12, 2017

City unveils future of housing, delivering 11,500 new homes in Cambie Corridor
Cambie Corridor Plan first in a series of moves to deliver the ‘right supply’ of housing, including townhomes, row houses, and rental housing near transit

The City of Vancouver has developed a draft plan for Cambie Corridor Phase 3, a vision that will deliver 11,500 new homes with a focus on rental housing, townhomes, and row houses, in line with the Housing Reset’s emerging directions approved by Council in March.

“The third phase of the Cambie Corridor Plan is the first of many exciting steps that puts the City’s Housing Strategy into action with vision for the neighbourhood that delivers a housing mix that meets peoples’ needs,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “I’ve heard loud and clear that people want a mix of housing – rental, townhomes and row houses – near schools, parks and transit in Vancouver’s low density neighbourhoods; this Plan for the Cambie Corridor provides that and more. City Hall will keep pursuing all options to deliver the right supply of housing as affordably as we can so people who live and work in Vancouver can afford to stay here.”

The Plan is the City’s first comprehensive one to introduce below-market rental housing as part of its policies, in addition to social and rental housing. Of the 11,500 new homes planned, more than 4,000 of these are targeted as affordable units (including social and rental units geared to real incomes). The Plan increases family housing and rental options, adds job space and creates better access to transit and public amenities for more Vancouverites in a more complete, vibrant community.

A series of public consultation events this week will give residents the chance to provide feedback on proposed new priorities and actions on housing and future change within the Cambie Corridor that will create opportunities for a variety of new housing.

The City’s new housing priorities – Housing Conversation
As part of the City’s reset of its housing strategy, Vancouver residents are invited to provide feedback to help form an updated 10-year strategy. Residents from across the city, including renters, homeowners, seniors, youth and families, will have the chance to share their views on housing affordability and proposed new priorities and actions which will focus on building the right supply of housing across the city.
The Big Conversation, a public dialogue on the future of housing in Vancouver, will be held on:

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10 am – 1:30 pm
Vancouver Curling Club at Hillcrest Centre
4575 Clancy Loranger Way
Register at: vancouver.ca/housing<http://vancouver.ca/people-programs/housing-and-homelessness.aspx> (space limited)

Online questionnaires are also available at vancouver.ca/housing<http://vancouver.ca/housing> for those who can’t attend and for residents who live outside of the City. The deadline to complete the surveys has been extended until June 23rd.

Staff will report back to City Council in late July with results of the initial public feedback, as well as an update on priority actions. New interim 10-year housing targets will also be proposed to create housing based on what people can afford, in new locations, and in housing forms that meet the needs of our diverse population. These will be refined throughout the fall and will become part of the final Housing Vancouver Strategy.

Cambie Corridor Phase 3
The Cambie Corridor Phase 3 planning program will hold two public open houses to share information and discuss draft plan directions, including a range of options for the Oakridge Municipal Town Centre which show opportunities to add more affordable housing units better matched to real household incomes, and more job space so people can live, work and access daily services within their neighbourhood.
Phase 3 focuses on land use and new affordable housing opportunities for the surrounding neighbourhoods that are within walking distance of public transit. To support future growth, it will also deliver a public benefits strategy to guide the development of community facilities, parks and child care centres in the Corridor and a public realm plan to ensure vibrant public spaces.

Open houses will be held:
Thursday, June 15<http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/cambie-corridor-open-house-june-15-2017.aspx>, 2017, 4-8 pm
Oakridge Centre Auditorium, 650 West 41st Avenue

Saturday, June 17<http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/43369.aspx>, 2017, 11 am – 5 pm
Oakridge Centre Auditorium, 650 West 41st Avenue

An online questionnaire will also be available at vancouver.ca/cambiecorridor <http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/cambie-corridor-plan.aspx>

The first two phases of the Cambie Corridor Plan, which was adopted in 2011, set the vision for key properties along major streets and provided a broad strategy for public benefits and spaces, and neighbourhood energy opportunities.

Learn more at vancouver.ca/cambiecorridor<http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/cambie-corridor-plan.aspx>

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Thousands of new homes eyed for Cambie Corridor: City’s phase three plans include focus on affordable units
Naoibh O’Connor / Vancouver Courier, 12-June-2017

EXCERPTS:

The City of Vancouver envisions 11,500 new homes in phase three of its Cambie Corridor plan, with 4,000 earmarked for “affordable” units.

Mayor Gregor Robertson and Susan Haid, the city’s assistant director of planning, outlined details of the draft plan at a press conference outside Oakridge Centre Monday. Open houses are being held on Thursday and Saturday for the public.

The Cambie Corridor planning area covers 16th to the Fraser River between Oak and Ontario streets. The plan addresses growth over the next 25 years.

While phases one and two of the Cambie Corridor plan, which were approved in 2011, focused on sites immediately along the corridor and at cross streets, phase three dips into “shoulder areas,” including some single-family neighbourhoods where the city wants to see alternative housing forms such as duplexes, townhouses and row houses.

“We are looking at a dramatic increase in housing that will be made available here in the Cambie Corridor through phase three in what is now the most aggressive housing push in the city’s history,” Robertson said.

“We have a huge shortage of affordable housing and rental housing in Vancouver and we need to make sure with all these major planning efforts now, like the Cambie Corridor [plan], that we get as much affordable, rental and social housing as we can. And where there are lower density areas, like single-family home neighbourhoods, we start that transition with duplexes and townhouses and row houses to increase the density in a more gentle way.”

…. “We’re looking at more opportunity for affordable housing, particularly housing that’s geared to the incomes of those that work in Vancouver and our missing middle generation,” Haid said. “A really key goal of the plan is about providing housing for that missing middle — that sort of young adult population, young families [and] millennials, as well as those on lower incomes and our seniors.”

When talking about the missing middle, Haid said it’s necessary to talk about a missing form of housing. While Vancouver has a lot of single-family homes and condos, there’s very little in between.

We’re providing significant areas that are off the shoulder of Cambie, where we currently have single-family [housing], for ground-oriented housing — this means town housing, row housing,” Haid said, explaining the city has strategies to make townhouses more affordable. “We’re looking at more compact units, things like mortgage helpers and some lock-off units in our town housing forms.”

The city has identified 10 “unique sites” of between two and four acres within Cambie Corridor that it considers “ideal” for affordable housing and rental housing geared to Vancouver residents’ incomes. Haid said these sites are also ideal for amenities that are needed to accompany growth such as childcare and senior centres.

Meanwhile, the area around Cambie and 41st is designated as the Oakridge Municipal Town Centre in the Cambie Corridor plan, as well as in the regional growth strategy.

… Other elements of the phase three draft plan include a public realm strategy, a “complete street” along Cambie and a public benefits strategy.

Allan Buium of the Riley Park South Cambie Community Vision Group, which has been monitoring Cambie Corridor plans, wants the city to stop using the term “affordable housing” and start using the term “workforce housing.”

He maintains the word affordable has lost its meaning. And while he plans to attend a phase three open house, he wonders where the affordable housing will go.

He also points to the high cost of homes in development projects that followed the adoption of phase two.

Three projects within the Cambie Corridor area were going before public hearing June 13. Buium said he expects the cost of condos in one of the projects to be not much under $1 million.

“And who can afford that? When you look at the average weekly wage, it’s just not there. The whole Cambie Corridor is like that except probably what they’ll put in at Oakridge — there’s a commitment there,” he said.

Buium added that the city and community groups are in the midst of evaluating phase two of the Cambie Corridor plan.

“Right now it’s in progress, so how can you go into phase three when you haven’t really carefully examined what has transpired in phase two and if you’ve fulfilled your objectives,” he said….

@naoibh

Note: This story has been updated since it was first posted.

– See more at: http://www.vancourier.com/news/thousands-of-new-homes-eyed-for-cambie-corridor-1.20555842

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