The Heights District

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The Heights District is the result of a coordinated multiyear effort between the City of Vancouver and the community to redevelop the former Tower Mall and surrounding area. This new district will be a vibrant, walkable, mixed-use neighborhood that is strategically located in the heart of Vancouver — a place where a mix of services and amenities, such as stores, restaurants, parks, schools and transit stations, are within a 20-minute walk.

The project team is currently working on design and engineering for the new district. These efforts will result in designs for streets surrounding the new district, streets within the former Tower Mall area, a public plaza and neighborhood park.

The City wants your feedback on the latest Heights District designs. Share your thoughts by taking the survey below.

A successful 20-minute neighborhood includes streets that provide safe, direct and constant access to destinations for all community members. Whether you walk, bike, roll, drive or take public transit, we want to make it easy for you to get around. We also want public spaces to be open to people of all ages and abilities.

Amenities, such as a civic plaza and a neighborhood park, will support health and well-being through social interaction and physical activity. The district’s design will also emphasize the following:

  • Universally accessible public areas and intersections, with curb ramps, level sidewalks and roadways, pavement and striping.
  • Safety at intersections, through enhanced traffic signals, roundabouts that reduce vehicle speed, and crosswalks.
  • Reduced vehicle delays and traffic conflicts, by way of traffic-signal timing, roundabouts, an added turn lane (in some instances) and sidewalks and bike lanes that are separated from vehicle traffic.
  • Improved environmental health and reduced pollution, through the planting of trees for shade and clean air, plus landscaping to collect and clean street water run-off for improved water quality.
  • Equitable public investment that will benefit all community members, including investments in infrastructure, facilities and programs for expanding access to affordable housing, jobs, education, healthcare and everyday resources.

You can share feedback throughout the fall and winter of 2022. Thank you to the community members who joined us for the October 6, 2022 open house at McLoughlin Middle School. During that meeting, project team members presented a range of design options for public feedback. In January, the team will present suggested design and engineering options, informed by community input. We invite you to share your feedback using the survey below.

The Heights District is envisioned as a vibrant neighborhood center that is sustainable, healthy, equitable, accessible, and safe. It includes engaging public open space, diverse housing affordable to a wide range of community members and safe multimodal travel opportunities within the district and transit to nearby neighborhoods.

Read the adopted Heights District Plan (PDF)

For more background on the Heights District planning process, project documents and resources, please visit the Heights District Planning Process webpage.


Updated Design and Engineering Elements

Designs to help guide the next phase of the Heights District are in development. We invite you to learn more below and to share your design ideas.

Some important features of a 20-minute neighborhood include streets that provide safe, direct, and continuous access to destinations for all ages, abilities and users, whether you walk, bike, roll, drive or take public transit. The image below shows the changes to be made to new and existing streets:

We are designing the streets in the project area to improve safety and accessibility in several ways, including:

  • Wide sidewalks, lighting, and other features, such as benches for ease and comfort
  • Bike lanes separated from vehicle traffic for protection
  • Shared bike and car in low-speed roadways and roundabouts for efficient passage for all modes of travel
  • Striped crosswalks and intersections for greater visibility
  • Street trees and landscaping for improved air and water quality
  • Traffic signals, roundabouts, and turn lanes for improved traffic flow

The civic plaza will be an informal gathering space, in the heart of the Heights District, surrounded by stores. It will be filled with a variety of features and able to be used in a variety of ways. Features may include:

  • A water play area, such as a splash pad
  • Flexible street for things like food, vendors, events, and cultural festivals
  • Covered/canopy area
  • Open plaza area for concerts, events, and socializing
  • Retail stands
  • Art and artistic elements
  • Seating, such as benches, low walls, and movable tables/chairs
  • Features to improve access for people who use a wheelchair or mobility device

We invite you to share what you want to see in the civic plaza, using the survey below.

The neighborhood park will be a place for play, dog walking, strolling, picnicking, cultural events and more. Features may include:

  • A large open lawn for relaxing, gathering, and holding community events, such as movies in the park, concerts and cultural festivals
  • A dog park, water and waste supplies for pets
  • Picnic tables, benches and movable seating
  • Water fountains
  • Bike parking
  • Features to improve access for people who use a wheelchair or mobility device

Share what you want to see in the neighborhood park, using the survey below.

When redeveloping large pieces of land, such as the Heights District, it’s common for property values throughout the area to increase. This can lead to unintended consequences, which make it harder for the people who live, work and own businesses in the area to stay.

The project team is working on an Equitable Development Strategy, which will minimize negative impacts on existing businesses and lower income residents, while also maximizing benefits for the entire community. Equitable development goals include:

  • Provide housing for people and families at all income levels
  • Retain and attract locally owned businesses
  • Create opportunities for businesses owners from historically marginalized groups
  • Support the creation of new businesses, which can meet the needs of local residents
  • Offer a variety of employment opportunities that pay a living wage and are accessible to Vancouver residents from a range of educational and professional training backgrounds
  • Connect residents to community services and amenities that benefit all ages and income groups

How would you like to see the Heights District invest in equity? Share your thoughts using the survey below.

The Grand Loop will be a central feature of the Heights District, looping around the former Tower Mall area, extending to MacArthur Blvd and connecting the district to surrounding areas. Part street and part park, this path will wind through the district and encourage visitors to play, learn and explore. The Loop will feature outdoor dining, games, seating, landscaping and creative elements. It will also include signs to help you get around and art representing the local culture, history and environment.

The Grand Loop has four distinctive segments based off of Vancouver’s natural environment – volcanoes (Volcanology), waterways (Hydrology), trees and plants (Ecology) and rocks and land formations (Geology). Each section will have colorful designs, paving materials in the sidewalk and opportunities for learning, including play equipment, art and/or signage. Examples are shown in the images below:

Share what you want to see on the Grand Loop, using the survey below.


The Heights District is the result of a coordinated multiyear effort between the City of Vancouver and the community to redevelop the former Tower Mall and surrounding area. This new district will be a vibrant, walkable, mixed-use neighborhood that is strategically located in the heart of Vancouver — a place where a mix of services and amenities, such as stores, restaurants, parks, schools and transit stations, are within a 20-minute walk.

The project team is currently working on design and engineering for the new district. These efforts will result in designs for streets surrounding the new district, streets within the former Tower Mall area, a public plaza and neighborhood park.

The City wants your feedback on the latest Heights District designs. Share your thoughts by taking the survey below.

A successful 20-minute neighborhood includes streets that provide safe, direct and constant access to destinations for all community members. Whether you walk, bike, roll, drive or take public transit, we want to make it easy for you to get around. We also want public spaces to be open to people of all ages and abilities.

Amenities, such as a civic plaza and a neighborhood park, will support health and well-being through social interaction and physical activity. The district’s design will also emphasize the following:

  • Universally accessible public areas and intersections, with curb ramps, level sidewalks and roadways, pavement and striping.
  • Safety at intersections, through enhanced traffic signals, roundabouts that reduce vehicle speed, and crosswalks.
  • Reduced vehicle delays and traffic conflicts, by way of traffic-signal timing, roundabouts, an added turn lane (in some instances) and sidewalks and bike lanes that are separated from vehicle traffic.
  • Improved environmental health and reduced pollution, through the planting of trees for shade and clean air, plus landscaping to collect and clean street water run-off for improved water quality.
  • Equitable public investment that will benefit all community members, including investments in infrastructure, facilities and programs for expanding access to affordable housing, jobs, education, healthcare and everyday resources.

You can share feedback throughout the fall and winter of 2022. Thank you to the community members who joined us for the October 6, 2022 open house at McLoughlin Middle School. During that meeting, project team members presented a range of design options for public feedback. In January, the team will present suggested design and engineering options, informed by community input. We invite you to share your feedback using the survey below.

The Heights District is envisioned as a vibrant neighborhood center that is sustainable, healthy, equitable, accessible, and safe. It includes engaging public open space, diverse housing affordable to a wide range of community members and safe multimodal travel opportunities within the district and transit to nearby neighborhoods.

Read the adopted Heights District Plan (PDF)

For more background on the Heights District planning process, project documents and resources, please visit the Heights District Planning Process webpage.


Updated Design and Engineering Elements

Designs to help guide the next phase of the Heights District are in development. We invite you to learn more below and to share your design ideas.

Some important features of a 20-minute neighborhood include streets that provide safe, direct, and continuous access to destinations for all ages, abilities and users, whether you walk, bike, roll, drive or take public transit. The image below shows the changes to be made to new and existing streets:

We are designing the streets in the project area to improve safety and accessibility in several ways, including:

  • Wide sidewalks, lighting, and other features, such as benches for ease and comfort
  • Bike lanes separated from vehicle traffic for protection
  • Shared bike and car in low-speed roadways and roundabouts for efficient passage for all modes of travel
  • Striped crosswalks and intersections for greater visibility
  • Street trees and landscaping for improved air and water quality
  • Traffic signals, roundabouts, and turn lanes for improved traffic flow

The civic plaza will be an informal gathering space, in the heart of the Heights District, surrounded by stores. It will be filled with a variety of features and able to be used in a variety of ways. Features may include:

  • A water play area, such as a splash pad
  • Flexible street for things like food, vendors, events, and cultural festivals
  • Covered/canopy area
  • Open plaza area for concerts, events, and socializing
  • Retail stands
  • Art and artistic elements
  • Seating, such as benches, low walls, and movable tables/chairs
  • Features to improve access for people who use a wheelchair or mobility device

We invite you to share what you want to see in the civic plaza, using the survey below.

The neighborhood park will be a place for play, dog walking, strolling, picnicking, cultural events and more. Features may include:

  • A large open lawn for relaxing, gathering, and holding community events, such as movies in the park, concerts and cultural festivals
  • A dog park, water and waste supplies for pets
  • Picnic tables, benches and movable seating
  • Water fountains
  • Bike parking
  • Features to improve access for people who use a wheelchair or mobility device

Share what you want to see in the neighborhood park, using the survey below.

When redeveloping large pieces of land, such as the Heights District, it’s common for property values throughout the area to increase. This can lead to unintended consequences, which make it harder for the people who live, work and own businesses in the area to stay.

The project team is working on an Equitable Development Strategy, which will minimize negative impacts on existing businesses and lower income residents, while also maximizing benefits for the entire community. Equitable development goals include:

  • Provide housing for people and families at all income levels
  • Retain and attract locally owned businesses
  • Create opportunities for businesses owners from historically marginalized groups
  • Support the creation of new businesses, which can meet the needs of local residents
  • Offer a variety of employment opportunities that pay a living wage and are accessible to Vancouver residents from a range of educational and professional training backgrounds
  • Connect residents to community services and amenities that benefit all ages and income groups

How would you like to see the Heights District invest in equity? Share your thoughts using the survey below.

The Grand Loop will be a central feature of the Heights District, looping around the former Tower Mall area, extending to MacArthur Blvd and connecting the district to surrounding areas. Part street and part park, this path will wind through the district and encourage visitors to play, learn and explore. The Loop will feature outdoor dining, games, seating, landscaping and creative elements. It will also include signs to help you get around and art representing the local culture, history and environment.

The Grand Loop has four distinctive segments based off of Vancouver’s natural environment – volcanoes (Volcanology), waterways (Hydrology), trees and plants (Ecology) and rocks and land formations (Geology). Each section will have colorful designs, paving materials in the sidewalk and opportunities for learning, including play equipment, art and/or signage. Examples are shown in the images below:

Share what you want to see on the Grand Loop, using the survey below.


Page last updated: 16 Nov 2022, 02:28 PM