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Arbutus Corridor Official Development Plan Amendments

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The image and text below is taken from the latest Arbutus Greenway Newsletter from the City. I would expect that if you are deeply concerned about the Greenway that you would already have signed up for, but I suspect there might be a wider audience who will find this information of interest.

The Greenway currently ends at Fir St. The former CP right of way ran beyond this point northwards to West 1st Avenue where it was joined by the line from Terminal Avenue (that became The Olympic Line) and then went over False Creek on a trestle. The Olympic Line terminated at Granville Island and the land between the station and West 2nd Avenue was used to build a Starbucks. If the proposed amendment goes forward non-transportation use of this land would be allowed, and the potential to re-establish a through route following the former Interurban line could be lost.

POSTSCRIPT

I have received that following information from the City

“The intention is to connect the former Olympic Line with the Arbutus line, and the Citywide streetcar network plan is considering routing options to do that. We are not using the Option Lands due to engineering and safety constraints.”

SECOND POSTSCRIPT August 31

Loonie deal: City of Vancouver may resell portions of Arbutus corridor for $1

In the Georgia Straight

“In the purchase agreement between the city and CPR, Article 11 stipulates that if these properties, which have a total combined area of 0.62 hectare, are removed from Arbutus Corridor Official Development Plan, CPR will have the option to buy back the lands for $1.”

Arbutus map

In line with the Arbutus Greenway Design Vision and the Arbutus Greenway purchase agreement we have determined that the area between West 1st Ave and West 5th Ave is not required for future greenway purposes. Therefore, the City is proposing to:

Amending these bylaws will not change the current zoning of the properties.

The proposed changes are supported by the Arbutus Greenway Design Vision which has highlighted a number of safe and accessible alternatives for the proposed greenway extension routes to False Creek and Granville Island.

To learn more about the amendments please visit our website here. You can also read the July 24, 2018 Policy Report.

 

Share Your Thoughts with Council on the Arbutus Corridor ODP

Vancouver City Council will hold a Public Hearing on the Arbutus Corridor ODP Amendment on:

  • Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Place: Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

There are two ways you can participate:

 

Written by Stephen Rees

August 23, 2018 at 4:35 pm

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  1. You might be interested in this Vancouver City Arbutus Corridor map: http://www.cpr.ca/en/community-site/Documents/Map%20of%20corridor.pdf

    NVG

    August 24, 2018 at 7:56 am

  2. I agree with you that this proposed amendment needs to be reconsidered. I feel that it is wrong for the Greenway and terrible for the potential loss of opportunity to capitalize on an incredible asset that we already have, the rights of way, that give space and connection to the neighbourhoods of the City and the Lower Mainland. I believe there has to be a much larger, more informed public discussion on how to use this valuable asset for now and the future.

    This section of property is a vital link in the walking and cycling network of this city.

    Ken Dixon

    [moderator’s note] This comment has been lightly edited for grammar and capitalisation.

    Ken Dixon

    August 27, 2018 at 1:44 pm

  3. Since your comment was received, Mr Dixon, I have been made aware that an alternative route to connect the Arbutus Line to the Olympic Line is being considered. I have added that to my original post.

    Stephen Rees

    August 27, 2018 at 4:55 pm


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