February 22, 2019

Jericho Lands Update

What will I become?

Vancouver’s Jericho Lands are essentially 90 acres of greenfield, located amid some of Canada’s most expensive and most desirable real estate.  [Ocean Views!!]

Here’s your chance to have your say about the evolving plan. Remember, though, Ken Sim and the NPA did not win council — so you won’t get a veto, even if that were possible here, given who owns the land.

Open House Events

Saturday, March 2, 2019 (12 pm – 4pm) Jericho Hill Pool & Gymnasium | 4180 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Ceremonial Welcome (12 pm – 1 pm) Formal welcome by representatives from MST Nations and City of Vancouver.

Open House (1 pm – 4 pm) – Following the ceremonial welcome, stick around to learn about the process, project background, City policies, proponent aspirations, talk to City staff, and meet the proponent team.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 (4:30 pm – 7:30 pm) Jericho Hill Pool & Gymnasium | 4180 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver

This event provides another opportunity to learn about the Jericho Lands policy planning program and will display the same information as the March 2 event.

The site is close to big waterfront parks, major employment centres, and is increasingly likely to be on a major rapid transit line (Skytrain to UBC).

And the Jericho Lands are wide open for development.  It’s a historic, city-shaping opportunity.

What will Vancouver and the site’s owners decide to do?  A cheap ‘n cheesy car suburb? Slick towers for speculators and the wealthy? Transit-oriented density for families? Commercial; retail; public space?  Roaring arterial motor vehicle thoroughfares?  A safe and sane place for kids and other people moving about on foot or on a bike?  A community?  A bedroom?  A place to park or speculate with or launder cash? Easy profits? Long term sustainability?

OK, probably some of most of those possibilities.  But in what proportion, and with what emphasis? What’s out, and what’s in?

What are the role models?  Oakridge?  Heather Lands?  Coal Harbour? West Vancouver?

Here are some hints, a rising island of semi-certainty in a vast foggy sea of potential development platitudes.  Mostly, the direction is positive, since it’s in line with my preferences.  Your reaction may vary.

Planning Priorities

The planning program will explore options that address important priorities including:

Ways to advance our collective work toward reconciliation

Creating a complete community with a range of housing options with different income levels and tenures

Providing new housing within walking distance of existing and future frequent transit routes, including a potential Skytrain extension to UBC

Providing shops, services, childcare, and employment space to support the new community and the rest of the city

Recognizing and celebrating cultural and heritage assets

Creating new parks and open spaces, and a comprehensive package of other community amenities to be determined through the planning process

Previous Price Tags Posts on Jericho

You can browse other PT posts by using our search function.  Here’s a curated sample.

Ohrn Words — Jericho Update

Jericho Without Transit?

Careful Progress — Baby Steps

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  1. Block F at UEL ( now called Lelem) by same Musqueam owner shows promising well thought-through mix of high-rises and medium density rentals with walkable & community space in between. Lelem has no 3 BRs for sale in its high rise though and is very pricey, at $1500+ per sq ft. Likely therefore no bargains at Jericho Lands.

    No construction should commence until train to UBC is approved as traffic will be an utter mess otherwise, along 4th and Broadway.

    1. without skytrain the zoning should be single family—- With skytrain it should be west end density——& 75% of the land lift as transit value capture——

      1. The B C Fib eral gov sold the land cheap so hey could pretend to balance the budget —- ( Selling the silverwhare to pay the butler )

  2. “A place to park or speculate with or launder cash. ” !?!? Do you know anyone who sets out to plan, design and build such communities? To those of us who have dedicated our working lives to building valued places for people to live, work, shop, play and learn, this type of suggestive characterization of Vancouver’s urban development industry is very offensive and represents the kind of irresponsible dialogue or monologue that is quickly epitomizing the “vomitorium of social media”.

    1. Boo hoo, I wept all the way to the “sales atelier” (talk about Vomitarium) at Oakridge thinking of your outraged pain. Tell us where the money is flowing from to buy there Mr.Ransford?

  3. The River District (SE Marine Drive near Boundary in Vancouver) comes to mind as having a mix of towers, midrises and lowrises with commercial retail neighbourhood centre at its core – it’s also a comprehensive development unlike Coal harbour (a strip of projects along a park).

    Oakridge doesn’t work because it’s built around a mall – absent that constraint, you’d want more porosity through the site.

    Heather Lands and Oakridge Transit Yard haven’t been built out yet.

  4. One thing about this site that’s unique and useful from an active transportation perspective is that there’s the opportunity to make a diagonal up the hill. I can imagine a complete street/greenway from the north east corner up the hill gradually to the south west corner.

    1. Yup. Look at Lelem (formerly Block F at UEL) by the same co-owner as inspiration of what is likely to come.

      I can only hope the UBC / Broadway subway to at least Alma will be open before the first highrises are occupied as otherwise traffic along 4th and Broadway will be a nightmare.

      Given the disconnect between fast paced profit oriented private owners and “don’t make a mistake, consult consult consult” approach by city planning I am not very hopeful here.

      1. Which is why there should be a 75% land lift transit value capture to pay for the subway (If built) .—-Otherwise zoning should be single family—— The alternative is a debt fueled tax increase on future generations—- The existing method of paying for the subway is corporate welfare

        1. CACs today are capturing 75% of the land lift from upzoning. However, with indigenous folks and the federal government involved as land owners on land previously zoned “military base” plus reconcilliation it is hard to show what the uplift, thus CACs, if any, ought to be.

          Also, missing in the entire Broadway debate is forcing more rentals into EACH development, thus lowering CACs. How about 25-33% of eevry new building is rentals, and 50% of that at 50% of market rate ?

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