UBC Reports | Vol. 50 | No. 6 |
Jun. 3, 2004
New Survey Reveals Support for University Town Project
About 2,200 people participate
A recent survey conducted for UBC reveals that the majority
of people contacted are in favour of University Town, a project
that will bring a new mix of housing, academic buildings,
shops and amenities to the UBC campus.
Pollsters surveyed residents in the Greater Vancouver Regional
District (GVRD), neighbours who live near the university and
members of the university community including students, faculty
and staff. McAllister Opinion Research conducted the poll
in February and March.
The research was designed to determine support for University
Town, concerns and benefits and how UBC’s consultation
efforts are viewed.
The survey found that 85 per cent of GVRD residents polled
said University Town was a good idea. About 75 per cent of
the neighbours approved and a majority of students and staff
also approved. However, four in 10 faculty expressed ambivalence.
The concerns were also clear. Respondents were concerned
that the cost of the housing units may be too expensive, green
space could be lost and traffic congestion might be increased.
On the other hand, the understanding of benefits was also
clear. They felt the main benefits were that revenue from
the project could support the university’s academic
mission, provide affordable housing and more bursaries and
Fifty-nine per cent of the faculty and 58 per cent of the
students said that UBC had not consulted with them enough
on the project, while the majority of all UBC neighbours,
staff and GVRD residents polled said there was enough consultation.
“I am extremely pleased with the strong endorsement
of University Town as a further distinctive, interesting and
vibrant community within the family of groups comprising metropolitan
Vancouver,” said Dennis Pavlich, UBC VP External Affairs.
“We will make even greater efforts to consult with our
stakeholders, especially with our faculty, to explain how
this project will benefit our academic mission.”