Public invited to shape the future of Granville Island

CMHC seeks feedback on island issues such as access and transportation, redeveloping Emily Carr University and more

A day-long open house examining the future of Granville Island is scheduled Dec. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Revue Stage | Dan Toulgoet

Four decades after it was transformed from an industrial site into a cultural hub, the next stage of Granville Island’s evolution is about to unfold.

What that evolution looks like will be a central theme behind an open house being rolled out on Saturday, Dec. 3 as part of planning process called Granville Island 2040.

The day-long event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Revue Stage, located on the east side of the Public Market.

The Granville Island 2040 plan aims to chart the future path of the area for the next 25 years. Some of the recommendations being considered include redevelopment of the Emily Carr University buildings, revitalization of the Public Market, advancing the island’s arts and cultural industries and transportation and access improvements. 

The island’s governance structure will also be examined. It is now managed by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

The project planning team will conduct presentations at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and displays of the draft ideas will be available to view in the lobby throughout the day.

Those unable to attend in person can participate via the Granville Island Facebook page, which will live-stream the presentations.

“The level of engagement from the public so far has been extremely high, and has given the team a lot of concepts with which to craft this emerging vision,” said Michael Stevenson, who is leading the process on behalf of CMHC, in a news release.  

This weekend’s open house is the final public event in a series of feedback opportunities that began in June. A final report will be completed in early 2017.