What Is Norquay?
The name of this area of East Vancouver associates with two significant neighborhood features: Norquay Park on the south side of Kingsway between Wales and Rhodes, and John Norquay Elementary School north of Kingsway. Two blocks of Norquay Street also run west from the school.
No land form or topography or history unifies the area. In fact, northern Norquay is seriously divided east to west by steep hills between Nanaimo Street and Slocan Street, and all of Norquay is strongly bisected north to south by Kingsway. City planners manufactured the jurisdiction and have redefined the boundaries multiple times — but always continuing to encompass Norquay Park and Brock Park, and the large parcels of commercial land occupied by Purdy’s (NE corner of Kingsway at Earles) and by Canadian Tire (SW corner of Kingsway at Gladstone).
Norquay surrounds the 1.3 km of Kingsway that lies between Gladstone Street and Killarney Street, has reached as far north as East 24th Avenue, and still reaches as far south as East 41st Avenue. Norquay straddles the Nanaimo Street boundary that separates the municipal communities of Renfrew-Collingwood and Kensington-Cedar Cottage. Norquay falls entirely within the federal electoral riding of Vancouver Kingsway. Most of Norquay falls within the provincial electoral district of Vancouver-Kingsway (the portion south of Kingsway and west of Nanaimo Street is Vancouver-Kensington).
Why Does Norquay Matter?
Norquay Village Neighbourhood Centre is the implementation of the second of nineteen “neighbourhood centres” projected for nine residential communities across Vancouver, as foreseen in 1995 by CityPlan. What happens to Norquay establishes further precedent for Vancouver’s nine “vision communities”: 321,305 residents (55%) on 7664 hectares (68%), according to 2006 census data.
The first neighbourhood centre at Kingsway and Knight amounted to little more than a mass rezoning of 1577 single family residences, unwarranted increase in property taxes, and the 2004-2008 special site development of 403 condo units at King Edward Village (KEV) — four towers ranging from five to seventeen storeys. Officials have boasted that the area “got a new library” as payback. The truth is that the massive redevelopment only brought ten years of no-pay lease on commercial space in the KEV complex (shut down 25 Oct 2010 by flooding for four months). As of July 2011 the largest commercial space fronting onto Kingsway has at long last acquired a tenant … Service Canada. So this “walkable neighbourhood centre,” that was supposed to provide useful and engaging local shopping, now houses a large regional drive-to federal government office on dead streetscape. That is the kind of inorganic “revitalization” that planners have allowed a developer to shove into our abused East Vancouver community.
Key Norquay Planning Documents
Norquay Village Neighbourhood Centre Plan
Norquay Village Neighbourhood Centre Plan (Processed Version)
Norquay Village Neighbourhood Centre Plan Implementation — New Zoning District Schedules
RM-7 and RM-7N Districts Schedules (Processed Version)
RT-11 and RT-11N Districts Schedules (Processed Version)
Norquay Village Neighbourhood Centre Plan Implementation —
Public Benefits Strategy and Apartment Transition Area Rezoning Policy
Norquay Village Public Benefits Strategy (Processed Version)
Norquay Village — Apartment Transition Area Rezoning Policy (Processed Version)
Processed versions of other documents can be found under the “Documents” tab at
Back to Eye on Norquay [ Updated 16 April 2015 ]