Let's Support Homes at the Jericho Lands!

Let’s Show Some Support to the Jericho Lands!

After five years of planning and consultation, the Jericho Lands Policy Statement is finally coming to Vancouver Council on Wednesday, January 24, 2024. This is the time to show your support for this exciting and forward-looking proposal!

Here’s our previous blog post on this exciting proposal with more background and context; here’s a recent DailyHive article; and don’t miss this post from Khelsilem, Squamish Nation Council Chairperson. We’ve written to you before about how great this proposal is, so we’ll keep it short here: we think the Jericho Lands is going to be one of the best neighbourhoods in Vancouver. 

The landowners – a partnership between the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations with the Canada Lands Company – are bringing forward a vision that will build thousands of homes in a car-lite, mixed-use neighbourhood. This is exactly what Vancouver needs. This proposal will contribute so much to the City:

  • Support reconciliation by advancing the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations’ economic capacity and self-determination, while providing affordable housing for Indigenous people and new spaces for cultural activities and celebrations;
  • Build a sustainable, car-lite neighbourhood that is well-connected to transit, a model for 21st century community building; 
  • Revitalize West Point Grey, a neighbourhood struggling to support its existing businesses and amenities.

This proposal is a winner, but it’s facing serious opposition. One opposition group has raised over $20,000 to fight it! This is too important to let the NIMBYs call the shots. It will take 25 years for the Jericho Lands policy vision to be realized, and we guarantee you: by 2050, no one will be complaining that it’s too bold or has too many homes. If Vancouver is going to thrive in the 21st century, this is exactly the sort of thinking we need to embrace!

Here’s how you can show your support:

Write to Council

  1. Click here to go to Vancouver’s official comment form.
  2. Click on “Feedback on an upcoming Council meeting agenda item”.
  3. Subject: “Jericho Lands Policy Statement”.
  4. Position: “Support.”
  5. Provide some comments in the “Provide Details” box. It’s enough to say “I support this project!” and it’s always great to use your own words, but here are some suggested comments:

    Dear Mayor and Council,

    I strongly support the Jericho Lands Policy Statement. The MST nations have brought forward an exciting vision for the future; this neighbourhood and the city should support them. Besides building thousands of homes to help with our severe housing shortage, the plan supports reconciliation and our climate goals. Please say yes, without delay or additional conditions!

  6. Fill in the remaining fields, click “Next”, and then review and submit your comments.

Register to Speak

You can request to speak (by calling in or in-person) by filling out this form. The meeting starts at 9:30 am on the 24th. If you have any questions about the process or just want some tips or support, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!