Planning Context - Neighbourhood Planning

UBC’s Land Use Plan and Neighbourhood Plans govern neighbourhood housing development on the Vancouver campus.

Neighbourhood Planning at UBC

UBC’s Land Use Plan sets out areas for academic activities and for neighbourhood housing. It describes a broad vision for a complete, sustainable and integrated university community and includes requirements such as density and maximum building height.

Neighbourhood Plans are detailed guides to develop each of UBC’s Neighbourhood Housing Areas. These Plans reflect the Land Use Plan’s broad vision and include specific direction for features like park space, amenities, transportation and building height for each project.

The Land Use Plan designates Whit Matthews Field, next to Thunderbird Stadium, as the future Stadium Road Neighbourhood. This is important because the Thunderbird Stadium options contemplate moving and/or increasing the size of this future neighbourhood. Doing so supports a variety of goals, including more faculty/staff housing and generating revenue for UBC’s priorities, including those identified in the UBC GamePlan process.

When the Athletics and Recreation strategy is complete, UBC will begin the process to develop a Stadium Road Neighbourhood Plan. This process is expected to begin later this year.

Land Use Plan ‘Schedule A’ map showing designations of academic and future neighbourhood land – additional annotation showing location of Stadium Road Neighbourhood boundary existing (red line).

Why does UBC build neighbourhoods? 

UBC develops campus neighbourhoods to create vibrant, sustainable and complete communities, to provide a place for the UBC community to live, work, learn and play, and to build a financial endowment to support UBC’s academic mission. 

After paying for neighbourhood costs like parks and roads, the money UBC receives from residential development supports: 

  • Research chairs 
  • Student scholarships 
  • Academic buildings, like the IK Barber Learning Centre 
  • Since 2011, financing for student housing projects, and 
  • Starting in 2017, funding for faculty home ownership programs.