More than 8,000 residents in Vancouver have so far provided feedback to planners about the 30-year plan for the Broadway area between Clark Drive and Vine Street.
The city began a new round of consultations this weekend – part of a two-year consultation plan, which began in March – when the next year the construction of a new line of subway along Broadway is due to begin.
Kevin McNaney, director of the Broadway Plan project, says the subway allows connecting four neighborhoods: False Creek Flats, Mount Pleasant, Fairview and South Granville, and Kitsilano.
"The purpose of this plan is to direct the future use of land in this area, looking at things like affordable housing, rented housing, work space, public goods and the actual design of Broadway itself," he said.
The Broadway Underground project is a direct extension of the existing line of Millennium Line, which continues from VCC – Clark station on a raised 800 meter highway, then travels underground five kilometers under Broadway.
The project includes six new stations and ends at Arbutus Street. The next phase of the investment will link fast transit to the UBC Point Gray campus.
When the subway opens somewhere in 2025, it is expected to transport 24 street traffic streets.
The Broadway Corridor has almost 80,000 inhabitants and the busiest bus line across the country, and it is expected that the transition to the subway line will change dramatically.
With these changes, Broadway expects a significant increase in housing and jobs in the area.
The planners will use public feedback to create a long-term plan for an area stretching from east to west from Clark to Vine Street and from north to south from first avenue to 16th avenue.
Mark Stokes lived there for nearly 30 years and was in favor of a quick transit, but he was worried about what could have happened to him.
"The scope of this," he said on Saturday. "We see several high jumps, and we do not think that is necessary."
Others on Saturday are worried Saturday that the character of the area will change with all the near development.
"Demand for space"
McNaney says people are worried about tenants from existing housing for rentals that are displaced, and what will happen to established businesses when others arise.
"There is a lot of space demand," he said. "The key question is how to take advantage of this new traffic link to ensure that the communities remain separate, retain the means they want, [adding] more housing and jobs, especially rental housing. "
In July, there will be more open houses. Staff should submit to the Council by the end of 2020 the final Broadway plan.