Equitable Green Interventions for False Creek South

Equitable Green Interventions for False Creek South

South False Creek put Vancouver on the map for its innovative green planning, mixed- income housing and careful design principles. The neighbourhood is undergoing a new plan—the process needs to incorporate climate emergency goals, affordable housing and equity. Our plan includes inclusionary zoning, green development levies and small-scale interventions that allow for development while mitigating the effects of green gentrification.

School:

UBC

Department:

SCARP

Course:

PLAN 351

Instructors:

  • James Connolly

City of Vancouver:

  • Marga Pacis

Student Team:

  • Alexander Steele
  • Alyssa Mann
  • Haley Wong
  • Isabel Palitti
  • Nour Dalati
  • Quinn Peters

Strategy:

  • Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP)

Summary

This project applies at two scales: one, neighbourhood-wide throughout False Creek South and; two, with small-scale interventions in Stamp’s Landing. One of the main threats this neighbourhood is facing is the expiration of the land leases in the next 15 to 25 years. This threat could lead to the displacement of the current residents if the leases are not renewed, and affordable housing is not ensured.

The purpose of our project is to propose sustainable green interventions for this neighbourhood that addresses both the social and ecological systems collaboratively. The interventions seek to tackle the housing problem and enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services while preventing green gentrification in this community. Our group was particularly interested in targeting Principle 8 of the False Creek South Provisional Vision Statement & Guiding Planning Principals, which is to engage and enhance the water’s edge so that there is better accessibility to the waterfront. We propose two large-scale interventions that increase greening while mitigating the effect of gentrification through two policies: developers pay a green funding fee and have to ensure a percentage of affordable units within new developments.

The students also propose three small-scale interventions near Stamps Landing. Underutilized green spaces can be repurposed to better serve the community in the forms of food garden plots, native plant species and pollinator gardens. The restoration of the shoreline to its natural state will enhance the wetland areas, improve water quality and mitigate sea-level rise. Finally, construction of pedestrian boardwalks will allow for recreation and access to the water while protecting sensitive areas. Through these interventions, we aim to propose financially and legally feasible options to mitigate social and ecological problems for the sake of the community and nature of False Creek South neighbourhood.

  • Equitable Green Interventions for False Creek South
  • Equitable Green Interventions for False Creek South
  • Equitable Green Interventions for False Creek South