Stadium Neighbourhood Plan Consultation: Phase 1

Help us create UBC’s next community. Share your input and ideas to shape plans for a new neighbourhood around Thunderbird Stadium between September 28 – October 22.

We’re beginning to plan a new neighbourhood in the 22-acre area around Thunderbird Stadium, and we want your input and ideas to help shape this process.

In this first phase of consultation, we are seeking your insights on living, working, studying and playing at UBC. Your experience can help us understand how this new neighbourhood can improve the campus experience of tomorrow. What we hear from you will guide our planning decisions.

The 18-month planning and consultation process will:

  • Develop principles to guide the planning for future neighbourhoods as well as for the Stadium Neighbourhood.
  • Create a detailed plan that sets direction for things like housing types, amenities, academic and recreational uses, open spaces and transportation connections.
  • Determine the location of a new Thunderbird Stadium.

Join the conversation

Share your ideas on how we can make a vibrant new neighbourhood that supports the academic mission, advances sustainability and connects UBC’s facilities, destinations and existing neighbourhoods.

There are two ways to participate in this first phase of consultation and provide your feedback:

1. Through the online survey from September 28 - October 22

2. By attending any of our public open houses:

  • Saturday, September 30th
    Wesbrook Community Centre
    3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 3rd
    Old Barn Community Centre
    5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 5th
    I.K. Barber Learning Centre, 2nd Floor Lobby
    11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where the campus community comes together

The Stadium Neighbourhood area is an exciting opportunity to connect different parts of UBC: Thunderbird Stadium and the Thunderbird Park sports fields, the existing Hawthorn and Wesbrook Place neighbourhoods, UBC’s Botanical Gardens, and academic facilities.

New housing and amenities

  • A range of housing types and sizes, based on our Housing Action Plan and Land Use Plan, including rental and below-market faculty-staff rental
  • Services and amenities that will improve the wellbeing of the entire campus, such as parks, childcare, shops and food options.
  • Development that support learning and research as part of living on campus.

The future of Thunderbird Stadium

In 2017, UBC’s Board of Governors chose to move forward with a plan to rebuild UBC’s aging Thunderbird Stadium. The location for the new stadium will be determined through the Stadium Neighbourhood planning process.

Rebuilding the stadium on a more efficient plot of land is a self-funding solution for a more resilient facility that meets the needs of UBC’s growing high-performance athletics program and community interest in athletics events. We expect Stadium Neighbourhood to be a sports and recreation destination for the campus and the region. We want to ensure that nearby facilities and destinations are connected and enhanced. Learn more.

Transportation links

UBC’s policies are committed to sustainable transportation and prioritize walking, cycling and transit. Planning Stadium Neighbourhood provides an opportunity to improve neighbourhood connections and better connect UBC’s community to different parts of campus.

Sustainable living

Strategies for enhancing ecological wellbeing in neighbourhoods on campus include managing rainwater to prevent cliff erosion, setting high green building standards for residential development and connecting all new development to the Neighbourhood District Energy System.

Public engagement

There will be many opportunities to share your ideas and help shape our planning decisions during every phase of planning from the fall of 2017 until spring 2019.

All of our consultation processes are guided by our Engagement Principles. These principles define how we engage the public and campus community in an open conversation about the design, implementation and conclusion of public engagement.

Stay informed

Please join our email list to receive updates and notifications about how you can provide your input. You can also check this website for more information as the project progresses.