The three Plan Scenarios are all illustrated with the same basic mix of building types: 22 storey towers and six storey midrise buildings (similar to Wesbrook Place). As we develop detailed plan options, we will explore different variations and need your feedback.

The amount of development proposed in all three scenarios is based on 1.5 million square feet of residential floor area. This breaks down into:

2. Non-Market/Rental (40%)

  • Exceeds Housing Action Plan targets for faculty/staff
  • Expands rental options
  • Can be dedicated to UBC community (including students)
  • Primarily in midrise (most affordable)

1. Market Lease (60%)

  • Supports the UBC academic mission through the endowment
  • Pays for site servicing and community amenities
  • Pays for the new stadium
  • Primarily in tower (highest value)

Principles for affordable construction:

  • Mid-rise wood frame buildings up to six storeys with a mix of ground floor uses provide a flexible, affordable housing form with larger building footprints
  • Taller tower forms provide higher density with a smaller footprint and the value of views
  • A mix of building forms contribute to varied and diverse streetscapes and neighbourhood places
  • Increased housing choice supports a healthy community with increased opportunities for diverse household sizes, incomes and ages
  • A human scale and livability is important in all forms of development

Options could include the following:

1. Shorter towers plus midrise buildings (as illustrated in the scenarios)



  • Conforms to current Land Use Policy (22 storey)
  • Familiar building form for campus residents and developers
  • Broader towers provide more opportunity for shaping


  • More towers than other options
  • More view and shadow impact

2. Fewer towers plus more midrise buildings



  • More variety (could take advantage of construction innovations)
  • Increased roof area (opportunity for rooftop amenity)


  • Less value creation and less affordability (less woodframe)
  • Broader buildings and taller streetwalls

3. Taller towers plus midrise buildings



  • Fewer towers than other options
  • More flexibility with open space
  • Less view and shadow impact (depending on design and location)


  • Taller buildings than currently on campus (would require policy change)


Potential Land Use Plan Amendment - Building Heights

Taller buildings can achieve multiple benefits (as described above). They could also allow more housing for the UBC community and a greater financial contribution to the Endowment, which could support housing affordability or expanded community amenities.

UBC’s Land Use Plan sets a maximum building height for neighbourhoods at 65m -- approximately 22 storeys. UBC is considering asking the province to change the Land Use Plan to allow more height to achieve some of these benefits.