Northeast False Creek Official Development Plan aims to heal historic wounds


The Northeast False Creek Official Development Plan covers 58 hectares of mostly undeveloped land along False Creek, about 10 percent of the developed downtown peninsula. The plan calls for about 1,800 units of social housing, market housing, commercial use, a new entertainment district, park space and a network of new streets.

The area around Georgia and Pacific, dubbed Georgia Gateway, is described as a “provincially significant special-events district and waterfront destination, with an exceptional architectural presence in the skyline.” Build out of the area was estimated at 20 years.



The Northeast False Creek Plan (pdf) was presented as an opportunity to “heal the wounds” caused by the viaducts construction as part of planned freeways in the 1960s and a chance to reconnect communities and repair the urban fabric.

The plan pays particular attention to revitalization of Chinatown and recognition of the loss of Hogan’s Alley and offers redress to the Chinese-Canadian and black communities who suffered the most during the viaducts construction.

Advance work on the plan was seen as providing an opportunity for reconciliation with First Nations by strengthening relations with the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations and the urban indigenous community. Planning included direct engagement with the urban indigenous community to design an Indigenous Peoples’ Gathering Space in an expanded Creekside Park.

Staff called removal of the viaducts “a generational opportunity to create an inclusive, vibrant and resilient community that celebrates Vancouver’s contemporary values of progressive city-building.”


Council in 2015 approved in principle the removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts with a surface street network, and directed staff to create a new area plan for Northeast False Creek and engage community groups in the planning process. The city took seven surveys, held 20 public workshops and open houses and 65 other stakeholder events.



Last updated: December 6, 2018