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Dear Friends of the UBC Farm,

Please note that next Tuesday, June 28 from 4:30-7pm, UBC Campus and Community Planning will be hosting a Public Open House to amend the South Campus Neighbourhood Plan. This Open House is taking place in order to integrate the Neighbourhood Plan with the recently amended Land Use Plan.

Time: 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, June 28th
Place: MBA House, 3385 Wesbrook Mall
FMI: Stefani.lu@ubc.ca or visit this C+CP page.

Members of the public are invited to learn more about the amendment process and provide input. Thank you for your ongoing support for the UBC Farm, and we hope that you will attend and take part in this important consultation process! We would particularly appreciate your support and advocacy on the following issues:

  1. The process will allow for residential density to be transferred from the UBC Farm to sites that have not yet been developed. In keeping with sustainable community planning and  design principles, Friends of the UBC Farm supports increased density in Wesbrook Place.
  2. Further, we suggest that adjacent and proximate lots be designed with consideration of farm views, access and impact, and that the eagle’s nest tree habitat in the area be carefully protected.
  3. We support integrating the lands formerly occupied by BC Research into the Neighbourhood Plan.
  4. Within the provision for a new greenway, we support a design for a main UBC Farm boundary greenway that retains a natural forest structure and understory.
  5. The Wesbrook Place Rd and greenway network should facilitate efficient access and egress to the UBC Farm, ensuring good cycling and pedestrian routes and parking, adequate motor vehicle parking for community events, transit routes and stops, and well-designed connections to on-campus greenways and road networks.
  6. Ensuring consideration of the UBC Farm’s capacity to assimilate and re-use materials and energy from the neighbourhood, including but not restricted to stormwater, surplus heat in wastewater, district heating infrastructure, organic wastes, as well as timber and soil from clearing and construction.
  7. Supporting community programming connections between the Wesbrook Place neighbourhood such as community gardening, recreation, public events and gatherings, and community education initiatives
  8. Incorporating the developments in Wesbrook Place into UBC-based academic studies of design, construction and functioning of sustainable urban development
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