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Jericho Lands update
The latest high-level plan
From October 2021:
The Jericho Lands make up 90 acres south of Jericho Beach on Vancouver's west side, formerly owned by National Defence. They were purchased by a consortium which includes the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, and the federal Canada Lands Company.
On Friday, the latest high-level plan (“concept”) for the Jericho Lands was released. It’s similar to the previous plan: The approach is to have taller buildings and more open space (like Oakridge), rather than shorter buildings which are more filled-in (like Olympic Village). The three tallest buildings (the “Sentinels”) will be 49 storeys.
The plan is to build 13,000 homes, over a 30-year period. 20% (2600 homes) will be social housing, and 10% (1300 homes) will be moderate-income rental housing. The rest will be leasehold strata: the First Nations don’t want to sell the land.
Once the SkyTrain extension from Broadway and Arbutus to UBC is built, there’ll be a station at Broadway and Alma (within walking distance of the eastern half of the site), and a station at the Jericho Lands site itself. The plan includes a VSB elementary school, 360 daycare spaces, a community centre, and 30 acres of open space, including 20 acres of park space. It also includes a grocery store, commercial space (stores), and light industrial space.
The timeline is that there’ll be another update in the fall, and then a draft policy statement will go to council for approval towards the end of 2023.
The city is currently doing public consultation. There was an open house on Saturday, and there’ll be two more this week (Thursday evening and Saturday). There’s an online survey open until July 16, and you can also send email to email@example.com.
Jericho Lands project now even bigger with 13,000 homes. Kenneth Chan, Daily Hive.
Local First Nations unveil taller, denser vision for Jericho Lands development. Dan Fumano, Vancouver Sun.
Massive Vancouver land development unveiled for Jericho area. Frances Bula, Globe and Mail.
The opposition: letter from the West Point Grey Residents Association to the city objecting to the previous plan, November 2021.
At Saturday’s open house, someone said that there was a newer house just to the south of the site, on West 8th, selling for $10M. (Which would require an annual household income of $2M to be affordable, on top of a $2M down payment.) It’s 4076 W. 8th.