Pedestrian-friendly area proposal's goal
Task force to report on improving university's `front door' entranceway
The area currently occupied by the bus loop and the Aquatic
Centre's outdoor pool is the heart of the university according to
a draft plan which calls for the area to be re-developed into a
In a tentative proposal currently under consideration, one option
suggests relocating both the bus loop and the outdoor pool to create
a better transitional space into the university as part of the draft
University Boulevard Neighbourhood Plan. The plan includes commercial,
institutional and residential space for faculty, staff and students.
"It's currently a very high traffic area and the intent is to
try and relieve congestion where the roads intersect and put the
emphasis on pedestrian use," says Fred Pritchard, planning director
in Campus Planning and Development.
At this stage all proposals are tentative and there is no construction
scheduled to begin any time soon, says Pritchard.
As part of the planning process, a task force, led by former board
of governors chair Harold Kalke, is currently reviewing the development
of the university's main entrance at the intersection of Wesbrook
Mall and University Boulevard. It is expected to report its findings
early next year. The University Boulevard Neighbourhood draft plan
is on hold until then.
Any proposed changes to the bus loop would also be subject to
agreement with Translink, Pritchard adds. At the same time, planners
are aware that the pool, in its current location, adds a distinct
character to the area and any move must be seriously considered.
The University Boulevard area was one of eight identified in the
university's Official Community Plan -- a legal document adopted
by UBC in 1997 to guide the university's institutional and non-institutional
land developments, following extensive community consultation.
A public meeting on the neighbourhood plans currently under consideration,
including the University Boulevard area, was held earlier this fall.