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NeuralBlog, 27th Feb 2006

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VANOC, The City of Vancouver recognizes a need to take a leadership role in protecting the environmental quality of our region. In 1991, Council directed that Southeast False Creek

Southeast False Creek

The City of Vancouver recognizes a need to take a leadership role in protecting the environmental quality of our region. In 1991, Council directed that Southeast False Creek (SEFC) be developed as a residential community that incorporates principles of energy efficient design in its area plan and explore the possibility of using SEFC as a model “sustainable community.”

Official Development Plan for SEFC

The Southeast False Creek Official Development Plan By-law and two accompanying Council Reports (Financial Strategy and Sustainability Targets and Indicators) were approved by Vancouver City Council at Public Hearing on March 1, 2005 and enacted on July 19, 2005.

Site History

The Southeast False Creek (SEFC) study area comprises a total of approximately 80 acres (32 hectares) of former industrial land near downtown Vancouver. The majority of the land north of 1st Avenue is City owned. The study area also includes over 30 acres (12.1 hectares) of privately owned land, between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue, to the south, and between 1st Avenue, Quebec Street, Terminal Avenue, and Main Street to the east.

SEFC has been an industrial area since the late 1800's. Its industrial uses have included sawmills, foundries, shipbuilding, metalworking, salt distribution, warehousing, and the city's public works yard (Cambie Yard). The original shoreline was near 1st Avenue and the land area north of it is comprised of fill from many sources, including Grandview Railway Cut and ash from a former incinerator in the Cambie Yard.

Southeast False Creek: Vision

Southeast False Creek (SEFC) is envisioned as a community in which people live, work, play and learn in a neighbourhood that has been designed to maintain and balance the highest possible levels of social equity, livability, ecological health and economic prosperity, so as to support their choices to live in a sustainable manner.

SEFC will be a mixed-use community, with a focus on residential use, developed at the highest density possible while meeting livability and sustainability objectives. This complete community will ensure goods and services within walking distance and housing that is linked by transit and in proximity to local jobs.

The public realm in SEFC, which includes open space, parks, streets, and pathways, will connect the entire site and link the adjacent neighbourhoods of South False Creek, Mt. Pleasant, the False Creek Flats, and CityGate. Movement within the site will be through a network of paths and streets designed for pedestrians, cyclists and transit.

Housing will comprise of 2,353 units for 4,949 people planned in the area north of 1st Avenue, with family housing a priority. Housing may also be included for an additional 8,575 people in the private lands area, with live-work space as a priority. Community amenities and commercial-industrial space will provide residents with opportunities to live, work, play, learn, and interact with neighbours.

The built form will celebrate the heritage of the SEFC site through the revitalization of the Domtar Salt Building and its designation for public use. The buildings will be designed to be healthy, livable, and efficient in their use of energy resources and water.

The SEFC neighbourhood will provide a wide range of parks and recreational experiences along the waterfront, and will include shoreline improvements and completion of the Seaside pedestrian-bicycle route. Parks and open space will be required to meet ecological objectives, including re-establishment of wildlife habitat, and private and community gardens will be encouraged.

In some areas of the site, demonstration projects in advanced environmental technologies, such as renewable energy supplies, water management, green building design and urban agriculture may be explored.

Guiding Principles for SEFC

1) Implementing Sustainability: SEFC should promote the implementation of sustainable development principles in an urban setting.
2) Stewardship of Ecosystem Health: The SEFC plan should improve the health of the False Creek Basin and encourage resource conservation and waste reduction.
3) Economic Viability and Vitality: SEFC development should ensure viability without subsidy and encourage a vibrant and vital community.
4) Social and Community Health: SEFC should be a livable, complete community supporting social networks and enhances quality of life for all in the neighbourhood.

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