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Urban Agriculture in Southeast False Creek (SEFC), the Olympic Village, Vancouver BC


Massive urban development features “urban agriculture” on signage.

Presently in development in downtown Vancouver, the SEFC site comprises 32 hectares (80 acres). It will eventually be the home to 12,000 to 16,000 people. When fully developed, SEFC will have 6 million square feet of development. This will include: more than 5000 residential units; a full-size community centre and non-motorized boating facility; three to five licensed childcare facilities; two out-of-school care facilities; an elementary school; restoration of five heritage buildings; interfaith spiritual centre and 10 hectares of park.

SEFC will be a model of sustainable development. Unique features include: urban agriculture; a rainwater management system; green roofs; and a neighbourhood energy system.

The first phase of SEFC will be temporarily transformed into Vancouver’s Olympic Village during the Winter Games in February 2010.

Read more by following these links:

Southeast False Creek and Olympic Village.

Designing Urban Agriculture Opportunities for Southeast False Creek, Vancouver, BC
Prepared for the City of Vancouver, Southeast False Creek Project Office
By Holland Barrs Planning Group
March 2007
(74 page PDF, 2.8 MB)
“Develop design considerations and guidelines, technical considerations, and management strategies for effectively integrating urban agriculture (UA) into a high density neighbourhood. The report focuses on how UA is an innovative tool for urban design and can play a key role in building community around food. Topics covered in the report include: perspectives on food security, design principles for UA, a UA space typology, design ideas and considerations for UA in the public and private realms, technical considerations and support systems necessary for UA, and management strategies for endurance of the UA program over time.”


Southeast False Creek Urban Agriculture Strategy
Prepared for City of Vancouver
By Holland Barrs Planning Group In association with Lees + Associates
Sustainability Ventures Group
November, 2002
(large file, 207 page PDF, 3MB)

Sustainable Urban Food Production in the City of Vancouver: An Analytical and Strategy Framework for Planners and Decision-Makers
Written and researched by
Robert Barrs
School of Community & Regional Planning, UBC

“This report is being written because there appears to be a genuine desire, at the municipal level, to move towards a sustainable community. The City of Vancouver’s Environmental Policy, adopted by Council on May 28th, 1996, states that “the City of Vancouver is committed to protecting and improving its natural environment by adhering to and promoting the principles of sustainability.” Council has also resolved to make South-East False Creek a model sustainable community for 4000-6000 people. This raises many questions about what sustainability means for this site and how food production might be a part of that.

“This report makes recommendations that may contribute towards a municipal urban agriculture policy and could guide planners in the selection and encouragement of different approaches, methods and initiatives for South-East Fasle Creek. It is intended to be both an educational document for planners and decision-makers and a discussion document that will promote useful dialogue around the important question of food production in the City.


1 comment

1 Jill Byers { 06.21.11 at 9:27 am }

This sounds like an amazing, albeit, expensive project. I am very interested in urban agriculture myself. I have recently moved to BC to find work in the field. If anyone has any resources feel free to drop me a line and we can have a chat.

Jill Byers