What is a policy statement?

    A policy statement is a guiding document that establishes principles, objectives, and policies relating to a range of topics. These include: reconciliation; land use; density, building types and heights; mobility; sustainability and infrastructure; ecology, parks and open space; community amenities; and development phasing. 

    The Jericho Lands policy statement will be created in consultation with the community and landowners before being presented to Council for consideration at the end of the process. If adopted, the policy statement will inform any future rezoning and redevelopment of the Jericho Lands. While broad directions are confirmed in a policy statement, further refinement of the proposal will occur during rezoning phases.

    Where are the Jericho Lands?

    The Jericho Lands are located within Vancouver's West Point Grey neighbourhood. The site is bound by West 4th Avenue to the north, Highbury Street to the east, West 8th Avenue to the south, and Discovery Street and West Point Grey Park (often referred to as Trimble Park) to the west.

    How big are the Jericho Lands?

    The Jericho Lands are approximately 36-hectares (90-acres) in size. They are comprised of two parcels. The eastern parcel, referred to as Jericho Garrison, is 21-hectares (52-acres). The western parcel, referred to as Jericho Hill, is 15-hectares (38-acres).

    Who owns the Jericho Lands?

    The Jericho Lands are owned by a joint venture partnership between the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation, and Tsleil-Waututh Nation (MST) Partnership and the Canada Lands Company (CLC).

    The eastern parcel, referred to as Jericho Garrison, was previously owned by the Department of National Defence (DND) until 2014 when ownership was transferred to the MST Partnership and CLC. The MST partnership and CLC share 50/50 ownership of Jericho Garrison.

    The western parcel, referred to as Jericho Hill, was previously owned by the Province of British Columbia. In 2016 ownership was transferred from the Province to the MST Partnership.

    Who is the MST Partnership?

    The MST Partnership is a partnership between the three local First Nations of the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation, and Tsleil-Waututh Nation.

    In the case of the Jericho Lands, the MST Partnership is represented by the MST Development Corporation (MST DC).

    To learn more about each the Nations, please visit the following websites:

    Who is the MST Development Corporation?

    The MST Development Corporation (MST DC) is an entity that was established to oversee properties owned by the MST Partnership.

    To learn more about the MST DC, please visit mstdevelopment.ca.

    Who is the Canada Lands Company?

    The Canada Lands Company (CLC) is a self-financing, Federal Crown corporation that specializes in real estate, development and attractions management. CLC reports to the Parliament of Canada through the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility.

    To learn more about CLC, please visit en.clc.ca.

    What is the difference between the Jericho Lands and the proposed Sen̓áḵw project at Burrard Bridge?

    The Jericho Lands are owned by corporations (namely the MST Development Corporation and Canada Lands Company) and are not located on federal or reserve lands. As such, the development of the Jericho Lands will be subject to all municipal laws and by-laws in respect to use and development of the site.

    This is unlike the proposed Sen̓áḵw project which is located on Squamish Nation reserve land. As it is located on reserve land the Squamish Nation's land use planning jurisdiction applies and not the City of Vancouver's.

    How long will the Jericho Lands planning program take?

    The Jericho Lands planning program is a multi-year process with multiple stages. The policy statement is anticipated to be considered by Council in Fall 2023.

    If approved by Council the landowners will then be required to submit rezoning, development permit, and building permit applications. On a project of this size it is anticipated that the landowners will submit multiple, phased applications. 

    Upon receiving approval for permits the landowners will then undertake a multi-year phased build out of the site. The build out could take approximately 20-30 years. 

    How do I say the indigenous place names for ʔəy̓alməxʷ/Iy̓álmexw/Jericho Lands?

    ʔəy̓alməxʷ (pronounced “Ee-yal-mugh”) is the place name in the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language spoken by the Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples. 

    Iy̓álmexw (pronounced “l-yal-mugh”) is the place name in the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language spoken by the Squamish People.