Vancouver City Council has approved the Jericho Lands Policy Planning Program.

The program will create the master plan that guides the future rezoning of the 90-acre site on Vancouver’s Westside.

The Jericho Lands are a 36-hectare area in Vancouver’s West Point Grey neighbourhood that’s bounded by 4th Avenue, Highbury Street, 8th Avenue, and Discovery Street.

The eastern 21-hectare portion is known as the Jericho Garrison. It used to be owned by the Department of National Defence and is expected to be decommissioned by 2017.

The western portion is owned by the Province of BC. Parts of the property are leased to a West Point Grey Academy private school and the Vancouver Park Board.

Both the federal and provincial governments sold these properties to a joint venture entailing three local First Nations and federal crown corporation Canada Lands Company for a staggering $717 million.

The planning process towards rezoning approval will be conducted in four phases over the next two years. Preliminary development concepts by the proponents have been created but they have not been released at this time given the early stage of planning.

According to a City staff report, priorities for the master plan include the creation of new housing opportunities, including affordable housing. There will also be retail and services, childcare, community space, and parks and public open spaces.

Last modified: July 26, 2018

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