Unveiling Vancouver’s Blueprint: A 30-Year Masterplan for a Thriving Urban Metropolis

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Mark Kurkdjian | May 2023

The Vancouver Plan: A Comprehensive Guide to Vancouver’s Future Real Estate Landscape

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The Vancouver Plan, an ambitious long-term land use and development strategy, aims to shape the City’s future over 30 years. The Plan seeks to create a thriving, inclusive, and sustainable City by addressing pressing issues like housing affordability, economic resilience, and environmental sustainability. For real estate investors, homebuyers, and industry professionals, understanding the Vancouver Plan offers valuable insights into the City’s priorities, development trends, and investment opportunities.

Housing: From Crisis to Opportunity – Diverse and Sustainable Living Solutions

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The Vancouver Plan tackles the City’s housing crisis by increasing housing supply, diversity, and affordability. It emphasizes creating a mix of housing types to meet various household needs and promoting sustainable, low-carbon housing solutions. Strategies to achieve these goals include:

  • Increasing residential density along transit corridors.

  • Developing diverse housing options.

  • Prioritizing vulnerable populations for suitable and affordable housing.

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Economy: A Thriving Urban Ecosystem for Small Businesses and Innovators

The Plan outlines a comprehensive strategy to support a diverse and resilient economy, focusing on small businesses, artists, and non-profit organizations. It aims to protect job spaces, intensify industrial lands, create flexible workspaces, and plan for new job spaces, ensuring a stable and thriving economic environment. The Plan also highlights areas for future job growth and includes policies to streamline approval processes, modernize regulations, and improve small business support.

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Transportation: Creating Connected, Walkable, and Sustainable Neighborhoods

The Vancouver Plan prioritizes making neighbourhoods more walkable and improving public transportation options. By aligning land use and transportation planning, the City intends to create a more equitable and accessible place to live. Key policies include:

  • Transforming road spaces into places for people.

  • Designing transit stations as neighbourhood hubs.

  • Enhancing connectivity through new development.

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Implementation: A Living Document Shaping Vancouver’s Evolution

The Vancouver Plan is a living document that will guide investment decisions, prioritization, and city-wide growth. Existing plans and policies will be reviewed and amended to streamline the City’s work and provide greater predictability. Collaboration with Indigenous Nations is essential to apply the Plan’s foundational principles. The creation of a new City-wide Official Development Plan (ODP) By-law will refine and expand on the high-level directions, policies, and land use strategies in the Vancouver Plan.

Discovering Opportunities in Vancouver’s Urban Renaissance

 

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The Vancouver Plan provides a comprehensive vision for Vancouver’s future growth and development, offering valuable insights for real estate professionals, investors, and homebuyers. As the Plan is implemented, real estate investment, development, and innovation opportunities will emerge in the housing, commercial, and industrial sectors. Real estate professionals can make informed decisions, seize opportunities, and contribute to shaping the future of this vibrant and dynamic City by understanding the priorities, trends, and strategies outlined in the Vancouver Plan.

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Mark Kurkdjian
Associate Broker
Investment Sales & Leasing
604 691 6622
[email protected]

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