Based on the OCP Amendment plan, the illustrative concept plan is characterized by an emphasis on pedestrian and cycling connections, clear connections to the surrounding natural and park features, public and green spaces and active streets. The plan envisions a mixed-use community with taller buildings located to the north and east flanking the Brunette River and Skytrain station, and mid– to low-rise buildings to the west that transition to the existing residential neighbourhood.
The ‘neighbourhood heart’ of Sapperton Green is the gathering space at the north end of Rousseau Street – a large park and open space that extends north through the new community. Storm water features at the park edge will act as unifying elements celebrating the dynamic relationship of this urban neighbourhood and its proximity to the Brunette River. These critical features of Sapperton Green will be the basis for the development of a high quality, green neighbourhood envisioned for the 21st century.
The Station Precinct is a vibrant urban area set within a retail/commercial/ office and residential zone of Sapperton Green. Its main public gathering space is the Station Plaza, two, urban spaces that are the commercial/ retail hub of the neighbourhood. These plazas are high-energy; dynamic public spaces with a modern expression that also recognizes the past commercial heritage of BC Distillery’s presence at this location through appropriate interpretation of imagery and design.
The form and geometry of the buildings surrounding the Station Plaza have been shaped to respond to pedestrian and bicycle movement and create south facing gathering spaces. The result is two urban rooms that combine to create a gateway/ landmark locale that is easily recognizable and unique in character.
Brunette River Greenway
Improvements to the Brunette River Greenway will transform the Sapperton Green river edge into a pleasant pedestrian and cycling path with park areas, view points, and a number of neighbourhood connection paths.