Central Waterfront Hub

The Central Waterfront Hub Framework adopted by Vancouver City Council in 2009 concluded three years of study of the area.

The work began in 2006 with a review of the Whitecaps Football Club proposal for a new stadium on land purchased from CP Rail, and concluded with the Central Waterfront Hub Study planning program to create an Urban Design and Transportation Plan for the Central Waterfront Hub area around Waterfront Station.

Central Waterfront Hub Framework 2009

The Central Waterfront Hub Framework was adopted by Vancouver City Council on June 11, 2009.

Links are to pages and documents on the City of Vancouver website.


“The City of Vancouver’s Vision for the Central Waterfront Hub is the creation of a world-class transportation interchange at the heart of a dynamic new downtown waterfront extension.” (Framework, page 10)

“Although the City has no land ownership in the area, nor the ability to finance or undertake the development of a transportation hub, it has a strong interest in seeing it realized due to the major transportation and ‘city building’ benefits that could accrue. As the authority with a mandate for overall land use planning, the City also has a responsibility to propose an integrated vision of what could be achieved and guide the preparation of development proposals by area landowners and stakeholders.” (Framework, page 7)

Hub Framework Illustrative Concept Plan (p. 35)

Illustrative Concept Plan:  “A series of drawings … [representing] one way in
which the Policy Directions and Specific Requirements contained within this expressed… [It is} for illustrative purposes only and … a variety of alternate approaches to the layout and form of development could be considered in further planning work which meet the intent of the Directions and fulfill the Specific Requirements.” (Framework, page 35)

Council Report and Decision

Vancouver City Council adopted the Central Waterfront Framework on June 11, 2009.

Council Motion

A. THAT Council endorse the document entitled “Central Waterfront Hub Framework” (as contained in Appendix A of the Policy Report dated April 21, 2009) to supplement existing policy and guide future planning in the Central Waterfront Hub area.

B. FURTHER THAT Council direct staff to develop a strategy for seeking the support and involvement of senior levels of government, area landowners and other stakeholders in the implementation of the vision established in the Central Waterfront Hub Framework.

Note: Council has not yet received the strategy described in ‘B.’

Hub Study 2007

The Central Waterfront Hub Framework (2009) was the outcome of the Central Waterfront Hub Study approved by Council on February 1, 2007, responding to a proposal to locate the Whitecaps stadium in the area.

Links are to pages and documents at the City of Vancouver website.

Stadium 2006

Map showing proposed siting of Whitecaps stadium.

The planning program for the downtown waterfront hub was triggered by the purchase of the CP rail yard by the Whitecaps Football Club in 2005, with the intention of locating a new soccer stadium on a podium over the rail yards.

Background on the 2006 Whitecaps stadium proposal at the City’s website.