Green light bulbs will be on sale:
Thursday, March 6, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, in Lobby A of the Firenze, 688 Abbott St. and 58 Keefer Street
Green Light bulbs at the Viceroy, 1088 Quebec Street.
The next opportunity to shine a green light will be Thursday, February 27, at
The Creekside, 125 Milross Avenue
4:30 to 6:30.
Check out today’s news on Global TV:
Counsellor Meggs maintains that Concord Pacific isn’t obliged to develop the park at a loss, but get a grip!!! They have already built 10,000+ units. The park was part of a deal for only 7650 units. Their profits have been in the bank for years!!
Vancouver Residents have waited almost 25 years for the developer to deliver on the commitment to build a 9 acre waterfront front park that will extend the Current Creekside Park next to Science World all the way to Carrall Street, The 9 acre park will include a completed seawall and green space from the waterfront to Expo Boulevard. The promise is that additional features and amenities in the park will be determined through a public participatory process. This Park will be an important landmark in the city – enabling waterfront access for people living across Vancouver and for visitors from around the world who come to False Creek to admire our vibrant and livable city.
Our Green Light Campaign is building momentum. Join Us! You can purchase one of our green light bulbs at a number of upcoming events:
The Lobby of the Viceroy, 1088 Quebec Street, Saturday, February 15, 10 am to Noon
The Lobby of the Creekside, 125 Millross, Tuesday, February 18, 4:30 to 6:30
The Park was promised as part of a deal sealed in 1990 that gave the developer zoning for 7650 units. Now over 10,000 units have been built. And still there is no park. Plans for “Central False Creek” include at least another 1300 units. And still there is no park.
Light up and send a clear message that we want our park now!
COALITION OF VANCOUVER NEIGHBOURHOODS
October 24, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vancouver Communities Unite to Fix Planning Mess Residents’ Associations Seek Meaningful Involvement
Vancouver, B.C. – Eighteen community residents’ associations, covering almost the entire City of Vancouver, have now joined together in a Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods with the specific purpose of demanding a more respectful relationship between the City and the communities. “The Coalition is working on creating a new development/planning paradigm that will stress community involvement and local influence over land use and zoning decisions,” said spokesperson Jak King.
This coming together follows the summer of our discontent. Virtually every neighbourhood in Vancouver has suffered through the disaster that is development and “community engagement” under the present planning process.
Whether it is the failed Community Plans in Marpole, Grandview-Woodland, the West End and Downtown Eastside, or specific developments around False Creek, the Pearson lands in South Vancouver, the Rize and other projects in Mount Pleasant, the “downtownification” of Oakridge, and the overriding of community opinion in Norquay, the outrage expressed by the affected communities has been the same.
In each and every case, residents have been refused genuine involvement and influence over decision-making. Even in the few cases where residents have been allowed a form of consultation, such as in the Mount Pleasant Implementation, their positions have been ignored or curtailed or both. “We have witnessed public hearings where hundreds of people have vocally and loudly opposed developments only to see City Council vote in support of the developers,” noted Fern Jeffries. “This has squandered the time and energy residents have put into engaging with these proposals.”
“We hope that the City will quickly recognize that something is badly broken in the way they engage with communities and return to the concept of community-based planning that was so successful in building Vancouver,” said King. The Coalition will work together to support individual neighbourhoods in their disputes over unacceptable planning decisions and proposals.
The disenfranchisement of neighbourhoods must end. The Coalition will not accept with equanimity any more faux “engagement” circuses in which “consultation” produces nothing but disappointment and damaged communities. Communities demand genuine involvement and the right of local residents to have the highest level of influence over the future of their own communities.
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About the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods
The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods comprises eighteen community residents’ associations who share a common interest in collaborating with the City of Vancouver.
Arbutus Ridge Community Association Crosstown Residents Association Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council Downtown South/Yaletown
Dunbar Residents Association False Creek Residents Association Grandview Woodland Area Council Citygate Intertower Group
Marpole Residents Coalition
NW Point Grey Home Owners Association Oakridge Langara Area Residents Residents Association of Mount Pleasant Riley Park/South Cambie Visions Strathcona Residents Association
West End Neighbours
West Kitsilano Residents Association West Point Grey Residents Association
We encourage residents to join and become involved with their local associations, and we invite all such associations to join us in this Coalition.
For further information:
Jak King (GWAC) email@example.com Phone: 604-253-6232
Fern Jeffries (FCRA) firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 604-328-7097
Jonathan Weisman (DRA) email@example.com Phone: 778-899-5665
Albert Leung (MRC) Chinese news media contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are the comments I made at City Council, urging them to spend at least another year so that they could hear from a broader cross-section of our community. Of particular concern in the Emerging Directions taken by City Planning is the plan that all new housing north of Keefer, from Victory Square to Clark Drive, be 60% social housing, and that there be a ‘rental only’ zone in Gastown. I’ll post a reference to the City’s map so you can see the precise boundaries of what is proposed. Concerns expressed by Crosstown residents are that these proposals will create a ‘poverty ghetto’ and destroy any semblance of balance and revitalization.
In the decision to proceed, staff are proposing a number of Public Information Sessions. I hope you will find time to attend and let staff know what your thoughts and aspirations are.
The planning process is being co-chaired by the Building our Community Society, a charitable foundation, and the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council, who haven’t participated in months, since their representatives were ousted by the associations membership. Consistent with our position, the Strathcona Residents Association urged council to disband the current plan and go back to the drawing board to develop an inclusive process. This advice was also ignored by Council.
We will continue to work with neighbouring communities to convince Council to develop plans that build strong healthy communities.