North Campus is a ‘Special Plan Area’ primarily for institutional use. It is characterized by leisure and learning opportunities which give it a strong sense of place. North Campus is home to the renowned Museum of Anthropology as well as Cecil Green Park and Coach House.
This plan was approved as a “Neighbourhood Plan” in 2004, and the policy and regulatory context of UBC has changed substantially since its approval.
Since North Campus includes institutional and administrative uses only, it is no longer considered a “neighbourhood,” and the previous Neighbourhood Plan is now known as an "Area Plan."
The Area Plan
In 2004, a comprehensive Hydrogeological and Cliff Erosion Assessment was completed as part of the neighbourhood planning process. Because of its proximity to the Pacific Spirit Regional Park, environmental protection and stewardship will always be a priority in any planning related to the North Campus neighbourhood.
The plan outlines guidance around:
- The relationship to Pacific Spirit Regional Park, including a green buffer zone and protection of view corridors and access to trails.
- A setback to protect the top-of-bank from cliff erosion.
- An extension of Main Mall Greenway into North Campus, including system for pedestrian and bicycle circulation.
- Enhancing public transit, pedestrian and bicycle access to North Campus.
All buildings in the North Campus Area Plan were already existing at the time the plan was adopted in 2004. Public realm improvements are completed. Building upgrades are ongoing, including the seismic upgrading of the Museum of Anthropology.
North Campus Area Timeline
Cecil Green Park House completed
Currently houses university offices and reception space
Norman MacKenzie House completed
The UBC President's residence
Museum of Anthropology completed
Designed by Canadian starchitect Arthur Erickson
Pacific Spirit Regional Park established
UBC dedicated the park as protected park space
Green College opened
A centre for advanced interdisciplinary scholarship and graduate education
A Legacy and a Promise - Physical Planning Principles adopted by UBC
Defined planning and design principles for North Campus
UBC's Official Community Plan adopted
Along with the Comprehensive Community Plan
Technical Advisory Committee created for North Campus
Formed to guide Area Plan for North Campus, public open houses and meetings held
North Campus Area Plan adopted
Previously known as the North Campus Neighbourhood Plan
Seismic upgrades to the Museum of Anthropology
Upgrades currently underway and will include public engagement