Monthly Archives: October 2014

Arthur Erickson on False Creek development—1983

Fascinating look into the plans, as they were over 30 years ago, for False Creek.

Interesting montage of concept drawings starting at 9:44. At 10:36 Head of Planning Dave Podmore talks about the right-hand side of Pacific (heading East) with a view to the 12-14 acre park. At 11:13, Arthur Erickson talks about BC Place park, only one of 83 acres of parks that were planned for the area; in short over 90% of the site was designed as open space for public use.

All-in-all, much less density and far more water- and stadium-oriented activities—even a fishing pier!

Great coverage of the FCRA Candidates Forum

We did have a number of media attend our event.  Coverage from the Vancouver Observer was very thorough.  For those of you who couldn’t attend, the VO article is a good recap, together with some great pictures.

The Vancouver Courier’s coverage highlighted our friends at Marine Gardens.  This is a family oriented affordable rental complex which Concord Pacific will demolish to make way for high end condo towers.

A packed house!

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Thanks to an engaged community, the FCRA Candidates Forum played to a packed house at the Creekside Community Centre.

All municipal parties attended.  We attracted 4 mayoralty candidates:  Independent Bob Kasting, NPA Kirk LaPointe, Independent Colin Shindler, and COPE Meena Wong. Two sitting City Councillors attended:  Adriane Carr from the Green Party, and Raymond Louie from Vision Vancouver.

We hope the discussions will inform voters, and we hope for a great turnout at the polls from our community.

Did we learn anything?  Unfortunately there was no commitment from any candidate  to pursue an appeal of the $1.00 assessment of Concord’s 9 acre waterfront property and no promise to ‘sod over’ the 7 acres of non-sales centre portion of  Lot 9; although Bob Kasting is on record with a commitment to ensure park-zoned land is used for park and recreation purposes only.

There were promises from many of the candidates to do a better job of community engagement and consultation.  One City and the Vancouver Green Party are committed to Neighbourhood Councils.  This is fully detailed in the Green Party’s platform which is available at: votevangreens.ca.   The NPA has promised to revitalize and renew CityPlan which has extensive neighbourhood participation.  Kirk’s plan for this was outlined at the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhood’s Town Hall event on October 15. The Cedar Party promises financial prudence and accountability. Vancouver First echoes that position, and urges voters to elect a mixed slate of councillors.

Please add your comments to our post and send in your pictures!  And above all — don’t forget to vote!

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Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods’ Town Hall Meeting – a packed house

The FCRA is a founding member of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods, a 24 member coalition of community organizations across the city.  The Coalition’s Town Hall meeting featured 11 Candidates, including mayoralty candidates Bob Kasting, Independent,  Kirk LaPointe, NPA, and Meena Wong, COPE.

The Coalition has developed a set of Principles and Goals to guide community planning.   All parties, with the exception of Visio Vancouver, have endorsed these principles which reenforce the basic concepts of CityPlan that the neighbourhood is the basic building block for urban growth and development.  The Principles & Goals stress Collaborative Planning, which includes such tools as a Household Survey of 100% of residents, to ensure all voices are heard in the planning process.  This resulted in one reporter writing: ” Applause loudest for Vision rivals

More complete coverage of the Town Hall can be found at:  coalition van.org

Residents finally at rest from glaring digital screen…for now

One of a trio of giant electronic video screens was being dismantled today. And residents who have been plagued by flashing lights invading their homes can finally sleep at night.

City bylaws don’t apply

The South-facing digital billboard—one of three—was first erected in 2011 under provincial jurisdiction and even though it contravenes city bylaws in size and wattage, the province chose not to comply; the stadium is on provincial land and PavCo, who manages BC Place, is a provincial government agency.

While area residents live in an entertainment district and expect—and enjoy—all that comes with it, they also expect elected officials and laws to protect them from being blitzed by artificial light in their homes (ads that radiate 20 times brighter than limits set by Ottawa, for example). Countless complaints went unheeded.

False hope?

But perhaps this is just a reprieve. Do the dazzling, flickering lights of Vegas-Vancouver await as an Urban Resort goes up in its place? Here’s hoping developers will be good neighbours and keep the strobe lights inside, not in resident’s living rooms.