More than 8,000 Vancouver residents have so far provided feedback to designers on a thirty-year plan for the Broadway area between Clark Drive and Vine Street.
The city has launched a new round of consultations this weekend – part of a two-year advisory plan started in March – as a construction of a new metro line along Broadway should start next year.
Kevin McNaney, the director of the Broadway Plan Project, says the subway offers the opportunity to connect four neighborhoods: the False Creek Flats, Mount Pleasant, Fairview and South Granville and Kitsilano.
"The purpose of this plan is to guide the future use of the land in the area, looking for things like affordable housing, rented accommodation, work spaces, public services and actually Broadway design itself," he said.
The Broadway Subway Project is a direct extension of the existing Millennium line, continuing from the VCC-Clark Station on an elevated lane for 800 meters, then traveling underground for five kilometers under Broadway.
The project includes six new stations and ends in Arbutus Street. A future investment phase will link rapid transit to UBC's Point Gray campus.
When the subway opens in 2025, it is expected to bring the equivalent of 24 road traffic lanes.
The Broadway corridor is home to around 80,000 residents and the busiest bus line in the country, so the move to a subway line will radically change the area.
With this change taking place, the Broadway plan hopes to significantly increase the amount of housing and jobs in the area.
Planners will use public feedback to create a long-term plan for the area that runs from east to west from Clark Drive to Vine Street and from north to south from First Avenue to 16th Avenue.
Mark Stokes has lived there for about 30 years and in favor of rapid transit, but is worried about what else could come.
"The scope of it," he said Saturday. "We see increasing increases and we don't think it's necessary."
Others at the open house on Saturday feared that the character of the area would change with all the impending development.
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According to McNaney, people are worried about tenants from existing rental housing and displaced people, and what will happen to established companies while others go up.
"C & # 39; is a great demand for space," he said. "The key question is how to exploit the new transport link to ensure that communities remain distinct, maintain the resources they want, while (adding) more housing and employment space, particularly for rented houses."
It will be many other houses open in the month of July. Staff should present the final Broadway plan to the board by the end of 2020.