Indigenous-led Jericho Lands housing proposal commences general public consultations in Vancouver

A housing proposal spearheaded by three Initial Nations that would double the populace of Vancouver’s West Position Gray neighbourhood commences its general public consultations this week.

The Jericho Lands proposalto start with discovered in 2021 after perform commenced in 2016 — consists of a significant housing challenge featuring dozens of structures, a mix of community centres, park land and wilderness spaces, alongside with potential for a SkyTrain station if the Millennium Line is extended to the College of British Columbia.

It truly is set to be constructed on a 90-acre (36.4-hectare) internet site in West Point Grey, an upscale neighbourhood of all over 13,000 individuals, bounded by West Fourth Avenue, Highbury Avenue, West Eighth Avenue and Discovery Street.

The Jericho Lands region is at the moment house to a previous garrison, many dozen properties leased to armed forces families and a private university. The web site by itself is owned by the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Very first Nations — whose unceded territories Vancouver is built on — in partnership with the Canada Lands Firm, a federal Crown corporation.

The Jericho Lands undertaking would a lot more than double West Stage Grey’s populace, which sits at all-around 13,000. (MST Advancement Company)

Set to a lot more than double the area’s inhabitants with the assure of 13,000 new residences, the undertaking is section of a provincial force for additional housing.

“We’re not a developer, that you would see in a feeling that is building a home for their individual profit and their own benefit,” explained Sxelaltenaat Adrienne Charlie, cultural liaison for the Squamish Country.

“We’re 3 unique communities who are wanting out for every of the nation’s customers … for my youngsters, my grandchildren, my excellent-grandchildren.”

The project is known as ʔəy̓ alməxʷ (ee-yal-mugh) in the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language, and Iy̓ álmexw (i-yal-mugh) in the Squamish language.

Open homes for the challenge began Saturday, with a public consultation scheduled for the tumble.

Unlike the Squamish Nation’s Sen̓áḵw project, the Jericho Lands proposal would will need a rezoning vote by council, with a final decision on the general vision of the venture anticipated afterwards this 12 months, and rezoning following 12 months if it is authorized. 

“We have a big challenge of housing source and the proper form of supply supplying very affordable housing, especially various varieties of rental and social housing,” explained Matt Schillito, director of distinctive housing projects at the Metropolis of Vancouver.

“You can find a excellent option presented in this article by this job to deliver housing in a incredibly sustainable spot.”

Proposal in provincial technique

The updated Jericho Lands proposal arrives amid a province-huge press to make hundreds a lot more housing models

It’s an solution the City of Vancouver has played a part in, with Mayor Ken Sim showing up along with Housing Minister Ravi Kahlon at various housing announcements.

The initiatives have not been well-known with absolutely everyone, with the Sen̓áḵw task and a supportive housing undertaking on the West Side struggling with loud opposition from close by property owners.

The Jericho Coalition, a group of Stage Gray people, have earlier spoken out against the unique proposal.

“The Jericho Coalition will proceed to oppose this proposal by means of every stage of the regulatory course of action,” they said in an emailed statement to CBC Information Saturday.

A satellite image of a large plot of land marked 'Jericho Lands' is seen with an inset map of the Westside of Vancouver.
The web site, on which the Jericho Lands challenge may possibly be built, now features a previous garrison and a private school. (City of Vancouver)

Tom Davidoff, an affiliate professor with UBC, suggests historic zoning coverage in West Issue Gray — which mostly is composed of single-loved ones households and mansions — was out of touch with the existing housing marketplace, which termed for extra dense condominium-style housing.

“Builders want to build taller structures. People want to stay in residences, but the policies forbid it,” he said. “Hopefully this venture serves as a type of a reminder to folks, alright, this is how people really want to live.”

Davidoff stated it was exciting to see Initially Nations actively playing an “outsized part” in addressing the dilemma of a lack of housing, which he states is driven by jurisdictional conflict concerning municipalities — who regulate zoning — and the province.

According to the proposal, a minimum amount of 30 for each cent of the web-site will be affordable housing, such as 20 for each cent social housing.

A construction timeline, if council votes to approve the Jericho Lands job, has not still been determined.