Vancouver Campus Plan

The Vancouver Campus Plan provides the framework for where and how future academic and research activities, student housing and services will be accommodated at UBC’s main campus in Vancouver.

The vision is for a beautiful, functional, sustainable and cost-effective campus that provides the optimal environment for teaching, learning and research to supporting UBC’s world-class community of scholars.

Campus plan
The Vancouver Campus Plan provides guidance for all academic lands and spaces on the Vancouver campus

Overview

UBC’s Vancouver Campus Plan aligns with, and falls under UBC’s Land Use Plan. The latest Campus Plan was created in 2010 and is approved by the UBC Board of Governors. The Campus Plan is used throughout the Development Permit process to guide and analyze development proposals. 

The Campus Plan reinforces the main campus core to meet several academic, social and ecological goals, including:

  • Creating a compact campus to increase interaction between allied disciplines.
  • Fostering more interaction between students and faculty.
  • Protecting the open space network with focused investment.
  • Supporting a pedestrian and bicycle friendly campus that fully uses existing facilities and infrastructure.

Parts of the Campus Plan

The Campus Plan has three parts:

  1. Part 1: Campus Plan Synopsis is high level and includes background information, strategies, and policies.
  2. Part 2: Campus Plan explains how the policies will be realized and outlines the vision. This includes sustainability, land use, public realm and open space, movement and circulation and more. It also explains the Site Selection Protocol (the process all new building projects go through before approving a location) and illustrates key ideas with maps.
  3. Part 3: Design Guidelines outlines the physical design, with details such as sustainable design, architecture, building heights, types of open space, planting lists, lighting and more.

The big moves of the Campus Plan are making pedestrian greenways along Main Mall and University Boulevard, and the creation of mixed-use hubs, also known as commons (e.g. Orchard Commons).

Student Housing

One of the biggest moves of the Campus Plan is creation of mixed-use “hubs” for student housing, which provide a range of uses including academic uses, child care, recreation, food, and social and outdoor gathering spaces. These hubs will create a safe, interesting and vibrant campus that encourages people to stay, socialize and develop lasting relationships. They also provide a much greater capacity to house students on campus – resulting in more affordable and convenient housing compared to off-campus rentals.

Vancouver Campus Plan Timeline

1992
Main Campus Plan approved
1992

Main Campus Plan approved

The predecessor to the Vancouver Campus Plan 

2006
Vancouver Campus Plan process begins
2006

Vancouver Campus Plan process begins

Intended to replace the 1992 Main Campus Plan 

2006
Phase 1 - Initiate the Plan
2006

Phase 1 - Initiate the Plan

Project Team, Steering Committee, Technical Advisory Committee formed

2007
Phase 2 - Identifying issues and ideas
2007

Phase 2 - Identifying issues and ideas

Included policy review, public open houses and issues and ideas workshops

2007
Phase 3 - Talk about the future
2007

Phase 3 - Talk about the future

Focused on scenarios, campus studies and vision and outcomes statements

2008
Phase 4 - Options review
2008

Phase 4 - Options review

Included sustainability, financial and social assessments, public open houses and policy roundtables

2009
Phase 5 - Draft Plan
2009

Phase 5 - Draft Plan

Drafted plan and design guidelines, held public open houses and collected online feedback

2010
Phase 6 - Vancouver Campus Plan approved
2010

Phase 6 - Vancouver Campus Plan approved

Final Plan approved by the UBC Board of Governors

2013
Main Mall Greenway completed
2013

Main Mall Greenway completed

Cars no longer allowed onto the pedestrian only greenway

2014
University Boulevard Greenway completed
2014

University Boulevard Greenway completed

Transformed into a pedestrian only greenway west of the Bus Loop

2016
Ponderosa Commons completed
2016

Ponderosa Commons completed

First student housing hub on campus

2017
Orchard Commons completed
2017

Orchard Commons completed

Second student housing hub on campus

2019
Bus Exchange completed
2019

Bus Exchange completed

Included Exchange Residences 

TBD
10 year update to the Vancouver Campus Plan
TBD

10 year update to the Vancouver Campus Plan

Expected to take place over a 2 year planning process