10 acre waterfront park, new affordable housing approved in Marpole Plan

After two years of community consultation with input from over 7,800 participants at 115 public events and meetings, City Council voted last night to approve a balanced and inclusive new 30-year community plan for Vancouver’s Marpole neighbourhood, which includes more affordable housing and the development of a 10 acre waterfront park.

“Marpole is an important gateway to Vancouver and one of our city’s oldest neighbourhoods, and it’s home to an especially high number of seniors, young families, and renters,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We took the time to listen to the community and get it right, and the new Marpole Plan reflects that input by focusing new density on major arterials and protecting neighbourhood character. It’s a balanced and inclusive plan that focuses on building new affordable housing, creating jobs, improving transportation, and creating significant new green space throughout Marpole and along the Fraser River, and I am very proud to support it.”

The plan will support the construction of 1,085 units of new social housing, 835 new units of rental housing, and over 6,800 new home ownership units over the next 30 years. It also supports significant community amenity upgrades, crucial new park space – including a 10-acre park along the Fraser - and the creation of over 9,500 new jobs and 478 new childcare spaces.

85 percent of areas zoned for single-family homes will remain unchanged, with new housing and retail/business space being focused on major transportation routes and transit arterials such as Granville, Oak, Cambie (home to the Canada Line), and SW Marine Drive.

The plan also supports the addition of new community plazas and public spaces throughout Marpole, along with upgrades such as new benches, traffic signals, sidewalk improvements, and bike racks that will make the neighbourhood safer and more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists.

To view the full Marpole Plan and for further background, please click here:
http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/marpole-community-plan.aspx