VANCOUVER’S “LIVING FIRST” STRATEGY
Location: Vancouver, BC Canada. Waterfront
In the early 1990s, Vancouver’s city council adopted a new Central Area Plan based on a “living first” strategy, rezoning eight million square feet from commercial to residential areas and turning over old railroads along the waterfront for housing. The strategy pushes for housing intensity, insists on housing diversity, builds coherent , identifiable neighborhoods, and fosters regional architectural principles. Central area planners have depended on the traditional relationships between the street, sidewalk, building wall, and among buildings to make high densities work. The plan is now at 80% completion.Read more at this project's website.
Transect Zone(s): T4 general.
Status: 76-99% Built
Project or Plan's Scale: Neighborhood
Features: Live/work, Mixed uses, Sustainable infrastructure, Transit oriented development, Waterfront.
Project team designers: City of Vancouver
Project team developers: Multiple developers