Vancouver to ban floating billboards

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Simon Little

It’s official, the city of Vancouver is moving to ban floating billboards.

The move comes after a 12-meter wide boat and barge mounted billboard appeared in False Creek in March, drawing numerous complaints from residents.

Last night, Council moved to amend the city’s sign bylaw, banning all floating signs larger than one square meter.

The move followed a staff report on the issue, which says the sign by-law does currently regulate signs “on waters within the boundaries of the City, including False Creek and English Bay,” and adds some of those waters are also under Port Metro Vancouver’s jurisdiction, which also bans floating advertisements.

Patsy McMillan with the False Creek Residents Association says it was the right move.

“We’re very pleased about it. We’re pleased that the city has taken the initiative and the city manager has taken this initiative to get serious about. It because it’s a visual pollution intrusion into all of our lives.

MacMillan says on top of the light pollution blasting into residents’ homes, the billboard was polluting the air as well.

“It’s also polluting the air itself, because you’ve got a rather large vessel that’s using fuel that’s going around from False Creek to English bay and back from 7 am until 11 pm seven days a week, that’s a lot of fuel.”

Council will formally enact the bylaw next Tuesday, May 31st.

 Floating controversy

The issue cropped up after a company called Burke Billboards began operating in March, with plans to float the billboard between False Creek and English Bay daily from morning until 11 pm.

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The proposed route for the floating billboard

The company’s website, which now reads “down for maintenance,” claimed the billboards are visible from up to two kilometers away, and would reach an average of 10.5 million people a year, targeting festivals like the fireworks and tourist hotspots like Granville Island.

Transport Canada detained the vessel in March for not having a commercial certification, however, the billboard reappeared in April on a barge and towed by a smaller boat.

Vancouver city council passes billboard bylaw amendment

Burke Billboards started cruising a 12-metre electronic billboard in False Creek in March

CBC News Posted: May 03, 2016 8:18 AM PT Last Updated: May 03, 2016 9:09 AM PT

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Burke Billboards’ electronic billboard in False Creek in Vancouver in early March. (Mike McArthur/CBC)

The sign bylaw in question regulates signs, including those on waterways within city boundaries.

The now-amended bylaw bans floating signs larger than one square metre on those same bodies of water.

Earlier this year, Burke Billboards began cruising around False Creek with a 12-metre electronic billboard in early March, leading to several complaints that the display was “crass.”

The vessel was temporarily detained by Transport Canada because it wasn’t properly registered as commercial, but then returned to operation.

Oceans fall under federal jurisdiction.

The incident led to a report by city staff recommending the municipality change its bylaw.

The amended bylaw specifically prohibits floating signs in all zones, except small ones under one square metre, “to allow limited promotional advertising on commercial vessels.”

The changes define a floating sign as “a sign that contains third-party advertising and is mounted or affixed to a barge, vessel or other structure that floats or is capable of floating on water.”

Other stories…

Better regulation for floating signs: recommends reportGlobalnews.ca

… floating advertising signs in False Creek and English Bay,” reads the report. … says Patsy McMillan, Chair of the False Creek Residents Association.

Vancouver to weigh floating billboard by-law following complaintsCKNW News Talk 980

The City of Vancouver is looking to crackdown on floating signs in False Creek and English Bay. Last month a 12-meter wide illuminated billboard …

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… on new regulations for floating signs like a 12-metre wide digital billboard that sailed through False Creek and raised the ire of residents last month.

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Chair False Creek Residents Association, Patsy Mcmillan, thinks there … on social media, along with a wave of complaints from False Creek residents.

Creekside Park Delivery

At a February 22, 2016 meeting of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation (VBPR), there was a Motion on Notice concerning Creekside Park—the fourth and final major park planned as part of the False Creek North Official Development Plan back in 1990.

Included in the motion:

The False Creek Residents Association has called for the City of Vancouver and Concord Pacific to fulfill the decades-old contractual obligation to complete Creekside Park and the Seawall, and residents have conducted a green light campaign to highlight their frustration over the lack of progress to date

At that meeting, it was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

A. THAT the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation write to the Mayor and
Council to urge that some or all of the Creekside Park Extension be delivered
on an expedited basis in order to alleviate the critical shortage of available
green space for residents in the Northeast False Creek area; and

B. THAT the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation direct staff to prepare a
communication plan outlining the timeline and process for the Creekside Park
Extension development and the details of the public consultation process that
will take place in advance of the delivery of the new park.

At that same meeting, the VPBR approved the formation of a Northeast False Creek Park Design Advisory Group. Members of the FCRA advocated for representation on the group. In this way, we can ensure that the information represented in the public realm is accurate and consistent, particularly regarding the size and design of the park.

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One of three designs currently in circulation sourced from “Removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts POLICY REPORT” October 6, 2015, RTS No: 11057

We will keep our neighbours informed as developments unfold.

Transport Canada detains False Creek floating billboard

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Simon Little, News Talk 980 CKNW

Transport Canada has detained a 12-meter wide illuminated floating billboard that has been drawing the ire of local residents.

“The vessel has been detained pending its registration and subsequent certification as a commercial vessel,” Transport Canada says in a statement.

The agency says in order to obtain commercial certification, the boat must comply with both the Canada Shipping Act and marine safety regulations.

But it looks like the detention has nothing to do with the billboard itself – the agency says it’s not within its jurisdiction to decide whether the boat can operate with the signage on it.

“Cheap and Crass?”

The 12-meter wide illuminated marine billboard was launched this week, to poor reviews from False Creek residents.

Patsy McMillan, chair of the False Creek Resident’s Association says she’s already getting a lot of email about it.

“It’s pretty cheap and crass visual pollution of what’s supposed to be a quiet waterway.”

She says the lights are bright enough that they will shine into the homes of many people who live in the lower floors of condos and apartments in the area.

And she says she’s worried the boat might be just the first of many.

“If one can do it, why can’t 20 more? Where does it stop, up Burrard Inlet, Indian Arm?”

Read more…

 

The Green Light District

Emily Carr student video shines light on False Creek residents’ call to action

Sawyer Armstrong and Karen Chan have put together a phenomenal video on the False Creek Residents Association’s Greening the Creek campaign.

Click on the image to view the video

Through footage, maps and interviews, they capture the essence of the campaign—residents shining green lights in their windows calling for the City of Vancouver and Concord Pacific to fulfill a decades-old contractual obligation to complete Creekside Park and the Seawall.

Special thanks to Sawyer and Karen for their initiative and creativity. Well done!

Annual General Meeting update

The FCRA hosted another successful AGM at Science World on December 3, 2015.

Association Co-Chairs Patsy McMillan and Fern Jeffries circulated their 2015 Report highlighting the advocacy work undertaken by the association on a range of issues. This included an update on the Greening the Creek Light Campaign, which has neighbours shining green lights in their windows calling for the City of Vancouver and Concord Pacific to fulfill a decades-old contractual obligation to complete Creekside Park and the Seawall.

After a lightning round of brainstorming 2016 priorities for the False Creek Residents Association, we turned the floor to our guest presenters.

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click image for PDF of presentation (4.6 MB)

Speakers from Providence Health Care talked about how the new St. Paul’s Hospital—to be built on a vacant lot near Main Street and Terminal Avenue—is expected to shape the future of health care provision.

Neil MacConnell, the project lead, explained how the new facility will provide residential care for the elderly and infirm, mental health and addiction services and a 24-7 integrated care centre to divert patients away from emergency departments.

St. Paul’s new one-million-square-foot campus will cost as much as $1.2 billion. So far, the government has agreed to contribute $500 million to the effort. Providence is expected to complete its business case over the next year, tender by the second half of 2016 and begin construction in 2017. The False Creek site is expected to open in 2023.

The evening closed with a fond farewell to Fern Jeffries, FernCo-Chair since the FCRA’s inception, who was instrumental in shaping the organization into what it is today.

And we thanked Deb Barker for her years of invaluable service and lively Facebook posts.

Joe Thompson also left the board, and we welcomed new members
Renée de St. Croix (and Mick Slivecko post meeting).

As we embark on a series of major projects within the city that will affect our False Creek neighbourhood, it’s more important than ever to showcase the central role played by residents. A successful project is a collaborative affair with widespread support and involvement from the local community. We look forward to working with you in 2016!

 

Vancouver park board motion to thank council for park annoys False Creek residents

Metro Published on Sat Nov 14 2015

viaducts-aerial-web.jpg.size.xxlarge.promoSome False Creek residents are shaking their heads at a motion asking the Vancouver park board to pen a letter thanking the mayor and council for voting to tear down the viaducts, a choice that will result in a larger park next to False Creek.

Vision Vancouver commissioner Catherine Evans put forward the motion asking her fellow board members to commend council’s decision, calling it a “major step forward” to making the park a reality after being held up for years by land use issues.

But the False Creek Residents Association believes it’s way too soon to congratulate council since there are still unanswered questions about the park, according to an email from co-chair Fern Jeffries.

“It is shameful that you would waste time considering a cheerleading activity when there is so much serious work to be done,” Fern Jeffries wrote in an email.

It’s not clear why the size of the park has increased to 13 acres from nine acres when it appears to include restaurants and bars at Georgia Wharf, closes Carrall Street to cars and gets rid of a slice of Andy Livingstone Park, Jeffries wrote.

Her letter appeared to express the view of the association, which consists of people in more than 20 high-rise buildings in the neighbourhood.

But Evans’ motion will face an uphill battle considering Vision is the only party that supported removing the viaducts. The Non-Partisan Association, which voted against the tear down, holds a majority on the park board. Read more…

Viaduct plan stirs controversy

While councillor questions money matters, residents are angry new park is years away

To listen to City of Vancouver staff, tearing down the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts will be a Viaductswin-win.

There won’t be much impact on traffic, there will be a bigger Creekside Park, and the $200-million cost of tearing down the massive structures will be covered by a projected $300 million in community amenity contributions, development cost levies and land sales in the neighbourhood.

But there are skeptics…

Most of the criticism of the plan for the viaducts was levelled at the timeline for Creekside Park, which may not be finished for another decade.

False Creek residents have been angry at the city and Concord Pacific for years because of delays in completing the park — there are an estimated 1,500 green lights hanging in windows throughout the neighbourhood as a protest.

On Tuesday, council voted in favour of a staff recommendation to tear down the viaducts. Green Coun. Adriane Carr tried to add an amendment that stated the park should be finished by 2024, but was rebuffed.

“The people of False Creek have been waiting 25 years for the delivery of Creekside Park,” she said. “Supposedly bringing down the viaducts will facilitate the faster development of that park, and certainly Vision has been lauding the park delivery as a key part of the viaducts decision.

“(But) when I put it into the form of an amendment, they said that would be a false promise, and they couldn’t necessarily deliver it, and it was out of our hands.”

Meggs voted against Carr’s amendment…READ MORE

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1971…original protest