What are the draft project goals?

    We have developed draft project goals for the re-design of the Bute Street, which are based on previous conversations with stakeholders and the City’s broader transportation plans and policies. Help us refine these goals and generate big ideas for the future Bute Greenway. 

    1. Create a shore-to-shore connection that provides intuitive links to key destinations and enhances the continuous pedestrian experience.
    2. Make Bute Street accessible, safe, and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to walk, roll and cycle.
    3. Improve the ability of the street to manage urban rainwater runoff and its ecological function.
    4. Accommodate emergency access and motor vehicle circulation in the neighbourhood.

    How can public have their say?

    We want to shape the future of Bute Street with you.

    If you have any comments or questions before the next phase, you can email us at butegreenway@vancouver.ca.

    What is this project about?

    Staff are exploring ideas to improve and prioritize Bute Street for walking, rolling, and cycling for people of all ages and abilities while providing public spaces for various community activities. 

    As part of this project, we will also advance a conceptual design for a permanent Bute-Robson plaza. A map of the project area can be found in documents tab.

    What is the engagement timeline for this project?

    By engaging with key stakeholders and the public in 2019 through the Places for People Downtown Strategy, and consultation on nearby projects, we heard the interest in and potential for pedestrian and public space improvements along Bute Street before Phase 1 Launched.

    In Phase 1, we received over 500 survey responses together with feedback via email, 3-1-1 and stakeholder meetings. 

    Phase 1 – Discussing Goals and Ideas (Fall 2021) COMPLETE

    • Discuss the draft goals for Bute Greenway and provide opportunities for early creative thinking on how people use the street, public spaces, and surrounding network connections.
    • Based on previous public engagement, staff have prepared a draft concept design for feedback of a permanent Bute-Robson plaza.

    Greenway Design Development and Bute-Robson Plaza Refinement (Spring/Summer 2022) WE ARE HERE

    Phase 2 – Reviewing Initial Concepts (Late 2022)

    • Provide an opportunity to review conceptual design options and enable input on ideas for improvements.
    • Share potential design for a permanent Bute-Robson plaza

    Phase 3 – Reviewing Recommended Design (Early 2023)

    • Detailed review of recommended design
    • Share feedback to improve design

    Further Engagement and Implementation (2023 and Beyond)

    • Bute Greenway will be delivered in phases. Based on feedback from the previous phases, staff will provide a detailed overview of and rationale for the recommended design for the initial phases of implementation. The community will be invited to share their feedback, which will help further refine the recommended design.

    What is the policy background?

    The Bute Greenway project complements new housing options, community facility and public realm projects and aligns with Parks Board initiatives such as Imagine West End Waterfront, all the while helping meet our Climate Emergency Action Plan targets.

    In addition, Bute Street has been identified as a key walking, rolling and cycling route with additional pedestrian priority measures and public realm improvements in the:

    • 2013 West End Community Plan and Public Benefits Strategy
    • 2020 Places For People: Downtown Public Space Strategy
    • 2018- 2022 Five-Year Cycling Network
    • 2018- 2022 Capital Plan

    Find these plans and policy documents under "Important Links" tab.

    How can I meet with the project team?

    For residents:

    If you are part of the representative group for your building and would like to meet with staff to discuss project goals, please email our team and provide your building’s address, your representative role, and a phone number where you can be contacted. Staff will follow up with you in the coming weeks to arrange a meeting with you and your group.

    For businesses:

    We want to better understand how local businesses use Bute Street to make we accommodate business access needs as we build out the concept designs. If you are a business owner or representative and would like to meet with staff to discuss project goals, please provide your building’s address, your representative role, and a phone number where you can be contacted. 

    Any questions or comments related to the Bute Greenway, please contact our team by:

    1. By e-mailing butegreenway@vancouver.ca
    2. Through online services in the VanConnect app
    3. By calling 3-1-1