The City will be bringing the Broadway Plan for Council’s consideration on May 18th. Developed over three years of extensive community and stakeholder engagement, the Broadway Plan is a comprehensive land use policy plan that will guide growth and positive change in the Broadway neighbourhoods over 30 years. It includes a Public Benefits Strategy to direct City investment in public amenities and infrastructure to support a livable, healthy and sustainable community.
The Plan includes policies to support a thriving cultural sector that contributes to the city’s economy and drives tourism and job creation. Over the next 10 years, the plan aims to secure over 49,500 square feet of space for artist production, rehearsal, and presentation spaces in the plan area.
Key Arts and Culture Directions (Chapter 17 of the Broadway Plan):
Increase visibility of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations to ensure self-determination, Reconciliation, decolonization, equity, and accessibility are prioritized and inherent in all aspects of the Plan and implementation;
Retain, expand existing and support new arts, cultural, and music spaces, improve incentives and lower barriers to develop new affordable spaces, and ensure access to industrial areas for cultural production;
Remove regulatory barriers to enable more cultural spaces, activities and events;
Support affordable housing for artists that includes shared studio and art production spaces;
Focus public art investment in public spaces, including plazas, parks, and as a component of complete streets, to centre art in daily life.
[copy from press release provided by City of Vancouver]