Garibaldi Estates Neighbourhood Plan public engagement to begin fall 2021

The District is starting a public process to develop, with the community, a neighbourhood plan for the Garibaldi Estates. This is expected to be a two-year process that District Planning staff will begin with residents this fall.

Key Takeaways:

Development Interest:


Why a neighbourhood plan, and why now

The natural environment surrounding Squamish supports an incredible lifestyle. Given our proximity to the Lower Mainland, it’s unsurprising that Squamish is experiencing rapid growth. This, in combination with other factors such as an ongoing residential housing supply shortage across Canada, creates a high demand for housing in Squamish and affordability challenges.

To address these challenges, the District is working to both manage growth and support affordability with the tools available to local government.

It is critical to preserve the surrounding environment that fuels our lifestyle.

It is also critical to provide a diverse range of housing that meet the needs of current and future residents. Infill is a way to find new housing opportunities within existing Squamish neighbourhoods, without sprawling beyond the current community footprint. Infill includes housing forms such as laneway homes, duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, townhomes, row houses and multi-use buildings.

This neighbourhood planning process will work with Squamish residents and non-profit organizations to determine how infill housing could be accommodated in the Garibaldi Estates over the next 20 years and beyond.

Neighbourhood infill is important in the District for many reasons. This includes those already mentioned such as diversity of housing forms which leads to more affordability. It also aligns with the goals of more complete neighbourhoods to support community amenities, services, transit, and employment space, and helps share the cost of existing infrastructure over a greater number of taxpayers. This is good for liveability, the environment and addressing climate change. Staff will explore these ideas in more detail with residents through the neighbourhood planning process.


Why Garibaldi Estates

The Squamish 2040 Official Community Plan identifies Garibaldi Estates as a key location to accommodate neighbourhood infill within the District given its central location along the core transit network and highway, its role as an existing major commercial hub and its lower flood risk relative to many other areas of the community within the floodplain.

While the District needs to find ways to incorporate neighbourhood infill in the Estates, what that looks like has not been pre-determined. Instead, staff will work with residents to develop a plan that is a good fit for the neighbourhood and improves the livability of the area.


What comes next

The neighbourhood planning process is expected to take about two years and will begin in late September. The District’s goal is to reach a broad range of residents throughout the process, both in the neighbourhood and across the community.

We recognize residents have many questions and staff look forward to further conversation once the process gets underway. 

For more information about the neighbourhood planning process, the proposed Garibaldi Estates neighbourhood plan area, the Veteran's Land Act (VLA) Lands and to submit your comments to staff, please visit our project page at





August 11, 2021

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  • David Colwell Aug 12, 2021, 7:32 AM (2 years ago)

    In all this, people who live in the Garibaldi Estates (many for many decades) are concerned that uncontrolled 'infilling ' could destroy the beneficial nature of the community therein. In my and their opinion there is is nothing wrong with having a permanent and traditional existing R1 designation. There are many areas in our valley where Condos and large block s of Town houses can be developed. Please let us keep it that way. In the VLA areas division of a property could happen but ONLY for the building single family dwelling as has happened over the years. Flattening houses to build multifamily dwellings should not happen.

  • Kristy Aug 11, 2021, 5:09 PM (2 years ago)

    It is okay to say no. Ya know?
    Growth for growths sake is the m.o. of a cancer cell. Can we just press pause on more development.
    Let the community catch its breath.
    Just because developers are putting pressure doesn’t mean you have to acquiesce.
    Please leave well enough alone.
    In the end we can’t eat money, we can’t breathe money.
    Please just stop. Take a long deep breath in. Let a long sigh out.
    It’s okay to say no.
    For the sake of this community, the environment, the planet. Can we just slow down?
    Thanks for reading this.

    • Janet Kindree Aug 13, 2021, 8:59 AM (2 years ago)

      Thank you Kristy for your thoughtful comments. Can I post this comment on my Facebook page?

  • Pennie Boyd Aug 11, 2021, 4:30 PM (2 years ago)

    Pretty sure the residents opinions or desires for the neighbourhood will fall on deaf ears as always. Way must your change established neighbourhoods. Not May people are happy with the direction the DOS is taking with the redesign of Squamish. Density is not the only way to go.

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