(Updated 10 am) To keep a finger on the pulse of our city, Vancouver citizens collectively need to keep an eye on many meetings and initiatives. As things get going after the summer hiatus, advisory bodies, panels and commissions are getting back into gear. Today, September 12, 2012, the Vancouver City Planning Commission (VCPC) and Urban Design Panel (UDP) hold meetings.
The Vancouver City Planning Commission is an advisory body of volunteers appointed by Council with a broad mandate to consider and advise Council on matters relating to the future of Vancouver. Meetings are open to the public, in the Committee Room No. 1 on the third floor of City Hall, on 12th Avenue West at Cambie Street. Time: 12:15 – 2:00 pm. The agenda was posted online at 10 am on the day of the meeting, after CityHallWatch inquired. Some important topics: Transportation Plan Committee, the City-wide Plan Committee, the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability, and Community Plans Underway
The Urban Design Panel meets today at 4 pm in the Town Hall Meeting Room at City Hall. On the agenda today are three items:
851 – 951 Boundary Road (Taylor Manor), a proposal to renovate Taylor Manor, the existing heritage building, and construct a 4-storey addition to repurpose it to accommodate 56 supportive housing units. Public open house already done.
1107 Seymour Street, a proposal for a 15-storey mixed use building with social amenity space and affordable rental housing. An FSR of 8.69 and a maximum height of 155 ft. Public open house already done.
6555 Victoria Drive, a proposal to construct a new 4 storey & basement mixed-use building consisting of one level of underground parking.