Joyce-Collingwood neighbourhood’s density potentially growing with options for future development

Photo: Jocelyn Aspa - The City of Vancouver is contemplating further density in the neighbourhood surrounding the Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain Station.

Photo: Jocelyn Aspa – The City of Vancouver is contemplating further density in the neighbourhood surrounding the Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain Station.

The City of Vancouver has its wheels in motion for further increases in density around the Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain Station.

A second open house about the current status of the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Review was held on Oct. 21, presenting three options for future development, potential changes to accommodate roads, pedestrians and bikers, as well as taking into considerations the needs of the Joyce-Collingwood community.

The Joyce Station Area Plan 

Adopted in 1987, the Joyce Station Area Plan has resulted in redevelopment of large sites in the area, including the Collingwood Village. Nearly 30 years later, the city is reviewing the area to update the policies adopted in 1987.  When those policies were first put in place, only limited change was proposed for sites immediately adjacent to the station. Since then, sites along the SkyTrain Station along Vanness Avenue have not redeveloped as planned.

Although Joyce-Collingwood already serves as a high-density, mixed-use neighbourhood, the city’s proposed options look at further densifying its surrounding area.

How the proposed options are similar 

While the options presented at the open house were not exclusive, they did provide similar features to accommodate residents in the area:

  1. All include the same sites within two blocks of the SkyTrain station.
  2. Proposed mixed-use buildings along Joyce Street;
  3. Proposed mixed-use towers at the four corners of the station; and
  4. Transition building heights away from the station.

The options differences, and focus of the open house, came down to height.

“The purpose of the open house is to look at what people like,” said Chee Kan, who was there for the City of Vancouver to assist with translation services for Joyce-Collingwood residents.

The height differences 

The future height development came down to the following three options:

  1. Limiting tall towers to Joyce Street only to heights that reflect the range of tower heights already existing at Collingwood Village (17 to 26 storeys);
  2. Two towers (up to 30 storeys), and implementing lower towers along Vanness Avenue and the east side of Joyce Street; and
  3. Tower heights (up to 35 storeys), and implementing additional lower towers near the actual station.

“If all goes according to plan, everything will get finalized to start going ahead next spring,” said Kan.

Rahim Shroff grew up in the Joyce-Collingwood neighbourhood, just off Vanness Avenue, and has never lived anywhere else in the city. While he doesn’t have any concerns about the propositions, he does have concerns about construction.

“My only issue right now is how it will affect traffic,” he said.

Residents have until Nov. 4 to complete the questionnaire about the three options for future development around the area.

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