The property is 21 acres/8.5 hectares and located on Heather Street, between West 33rd Avenue and West 37th Avenue in Vancouver on the MST Nations’ traditional territory. The site previously served as the location of the RCMP “E” Division Headquarters. Canada Lands acquired the Heather Lands site in October 2014 as part of an historic joint venture with the MST and since then, the partners have worked side-by-side with the City of Vancouver and local communities to establish a new vision and concept plan for the site.
The policy statement for the site’s redevelopment was unanimously approved in 2018 and in September 2020, the partners submitted a rezoning application to the City of Vancouver. Vancouver City Council's approval in principle is anticipated in late 2021.
In February 2021, the Heather Lands rezoning application received unanimous support from the City of Vancouver Design Review panel.
Transforming the Heather Lands
The proposed new Heather Lands neighbourhood (χews̓ tə na̓ šxʷtə̕ na̓ χətəl ̕ / X a̱ ws̓ uÚxwumixw) reflects the partners’ shared aspiration to transform the Heather Lands into an inspiring, progressive and sustainable new neighbourhood that generates the best possible economic and social benefit for all.
The land uses proposed include a neighbourhood park, open spaces, a mix of housing types, retail and office commercial opportunities, an MST Cultural Centre, a childcare centre and a new school on land leased to the Conseil Scolaire Francophone.
The proposed new neighbourhood will provide approximately 2,600 new homes and aligns with the City of Vancouver’s housing targets for affordable housing. Through urban design, landscape, public art, architecture and the signature MST Cultural Centre, the Heather Lands will connect people to the traditions of the MST Nations.
RPIC award for Engagement and Partnerships with Indigenous Peoples
Real Property Institute of Canada
Excellence in Planning Practice - City & Urban Areas Gold Award
Planning Institute of British Columbia
The award recognizes the team’s work in turning policy into reality while guiding the creation or renewal of an urban space.
Award for Planning Excellence - Planning for Reconciliation
Canadian Institute of Planners
The Canadian Institute of Planners' annual Awards for Planning Excellence honour planning projects judged on their excellence, innovation, impact on the profession, implementation potential and overall presentation.
HEATHER LANDS WEBSITE
Canada Lands Company and the MST Partnership have come together in a joint venture as the owners of the Heather Lands. Visit the project website to stay informed and learn more.