Rezoning Application – 2075 West 12th Avenue. Open House April 20 (Thurs)

Rezoning Application – 2075 West 12th Avenue. An open house is set for Thursday, April 20. The new mapping system created by a tech-savvy citizen we mentioned recently is a useful way to see rezoning and development applications in context. From the map you can see that there are few rezoning applications around this one, right along the Arbutus Greenway and 12th Avenue. rezoning open house 2075 West 12th Avenue, 20-Apr-2017

A community open house will be held from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, 2305 West 7th Avenue, with the applicant team and City staff available to answer questions.

Official information from the City: http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/2075w12th/index.htm

The City of Vancouver has received an application from Strand Development to rezone 2075 West 12th Avenue from C-7 (Commercial) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District, to permit the development of a six-storey residential building.

The proposal includes:

48 secured market rental units;
A floor area of 3,504.5 m2 (37,722 sq. ft.);
A proposed floor space ratio (FSR) of 3.47;
A building height of 19.4 m (63.75 ft.); and
20 underground parking spaces.

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5 projects go to Urban Design Panel April 19 (Wed). Agenda published 60 minutes before meeting (includes 3365 Commercial + 4 projects)

UDP agendas as of 18-Apr-2017(Updated 2 pm, April 19. The agenda to this public meeting was published online on the City website just 60 minutes before its start. Unless they have been contacted directly by City staff, citizens affected by the projects probably have no idea this meeting is coming up. Project information crucial to the affected community is sometimes presented to the UDP that never gets repeated or fully documented. See list of projects at bottom of this post.)

(Original post April 18, noon) Tomorrow the Urban Design Panel is to review five projects, but the agenda has still not been made public. UDP meetings play an important role in the development process. It is a disservice to the public if agendas are not made public in a timely way. We have noted the same late public notification for UDP and Development Permit Board meetings many times.

The UDP advises City Council and staff about development proposals or policies, including major development applications, rezoning applications, and other projects of public interest. http://vancouver.ca/your-government/urban-design-panel.aspx

The City’s recently hired General Manager of Development, Buildings & Licensing, Kaye Krishna, has said that the roles of advisory bodies to City Council will be reviewed as a part of the “Housing Reset” process. That includes the UDP. Continue reading

New online map displays all development and rezoning applications in Vancouver

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We have received a tip from a technically talented citizen who has created this brilliant map using Google Maps.

The slideshow above alternates between all development and rezoning applications in the city of Vancouver listed on the City’s own website (developments, rezonings). It is updated every few days.

Vancouver Rezoning Applications aerial NO labels 16-Apr-2017Switch between development and rezoning applications (indicated in title at top centre) by clicking the link in the lower right hand corner. Click on each pin on the screen to be redirected to the city’s official webpage with details for each application.

Click the link below to go to the maps.

https://vancouverapps-fa328.firebaseapp.com

The maps are really interesting as they show visually where the action is, rather than Vancouver Rezoning Applications aerial Cambie Corridor 16-Apr-2017just in a list of addresses. For example, one can see a steady line of rezonings on the Cambie Corridor (pictured on right) following the Canada Line, making it clear that a lot of construction comes with transit lines.

CityHallWatch has published a “snapshot” in the form of a list of the development and rezoning applications on the first day of every month since 2013. For past postings search for “snapshot” on our top page.

These new maps will certainly be helpful for many users, including citizens and neighbourhood groups that want to keep an eye on developments in their own communities that will affect them.

It is likely that the planning department at City of Vancouver has its own map that shows the same information, but to our knowledge no such service has been provided to the public. Continue reading

Corporate & union donations: New call4change.ca online app helps B.C. voters reach politicians to demand ban

Dollars, credit Desmog blog CanadaMEDIA RELEASE from call4change.ca.

Corporate and union donations: New call4change.ca online app helps B.C. voters reach politicians to demand ban

April 13, 2017

(Vancouver) For the B.C. Provincial election set for May 9, 2017 a group of citizens has launched an online app called “call4change.ca” to help voters make phone calls to politicians with a clear message that the caller wants a ban on corporate and union donations, and a cap on individual donations.

The media coverage of cash for access, enormous sums, and special interest donations has been extensive. The influence of donor dollars is drowning out the voices of voters. Limits on individual donations and a ban on corporate, union and foreign contributions are common in many provinces and at the federal level, but not in British Columbia.

Political science researchers have determined that old-fashioned phone calls are actually more effective at influencing politicians than emails or social media.

Call4Change.ca is an app that makes it easy for people to call candidates by phone. Here’s how it works:

  • Enter postal code, and the app provides the names and phone numbers of the candidates to call.
  • Read the short script, calling for a ban on corporate and union donations, and for a cap on donations by individuals.
  • Click to spread the word on social media, so more people will join the #Call4Change.

Typically a person can get this done in 5 minutes or less with Call4Change.

Website: Call4Change.ca
Twitter: @Call4ChangeBC
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City of Vancouver starts publishing City Manager’s emails and memos to Mayor and Council

SadhuJohnston, CoV photo, web, Mar-2016

City of Vancouver’s City Manager

The City of Vancouver today tweeted out this message saying that “We’ve started releasing emails & memos sent from the City Manager and Deputy City Manager to Mayor & Council.” The City Manager is currently Sadhu Johnston, and Deputy City Manager is Paul Mochrie (see organizational chart here http://app.vancouver.ca/QFOrgChart_net/orgchart.html).

This seems like a positive step in terms of openness. If any CityHallWatch readers have observations or comments about what’s there and what’s missing, please do share.

Here is the link to the relevant page and below is what shows as of today:

http://vancouver.ca/your-government/city-managers-emails-and-memos-to-mayor-and-council.aspx

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We release quarterly emails and memos sent directly to Mayor and Council from the City Manager and Deputy City Manager. These documents do not contain confidential or privileged information. Continue reading

Vancouver Park Board approves new Joint Operating Agreement with Community Centre Associations

Park Board OfficesBelow is a news release from Vancouver Park Board, issued today. Stay tuned for responses from the associations, including My Community Centres (Twitter @Vancouver_CCAs), which were central to negotiations in the whole process.

Vancouver Park Board
News Release

April 11, 2017

Vancouver Park Board approves new Joint Operating Agreement with Community Centre Associations

At a Vancouver Park Board meeting last night, Commissioners approved a new Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) to offer to 20 Community Centre Associations (CCAs).
The decision caps off a one-year consultation between the Park Board and the CCAs and introduces a historic new chapter in their relationship.

“The CCAs provided valuable feedback throughout this process which has resulted in a stronger document,” said Park Board Chair Michael Wiebe. “Approval of this new JOA marks a major step in rebuilding our long-standing partnership with the CCAs and helps ensure we continue to deliver the best possible recreation services to residents.” Continue reading

Council and Park Preview April 10-12, 2017: CCA-JOA decision, City salaries, homelessness count, DTES update, procurement, finances, Railtown

Vancouver City Hall has a relatively busy schedule this week, with some major topics and reports. Meetings include City Council (two meetings), a Public Hearing, Park Board, and the Vancouver City Planning Commission. The Urban Design Panel is set to meet next week on April 19 (no agenda yet), and the Development Permit Board on May 1. Busy people may wish to scan our summary below for items of interest.

The Park Board meets Monday, April 10 at 7 pm, while Tuesday April 11 has both a Regular Council meeting at 9:30 am and a Public Hearing at 6 pm. On Wednesday April 12 at 9:30 am Committee meeting on City Finance and Services is planned. The VCPC meets on Wednesday, April 12th at 3 pm.

 

Here are some items that caught our attention.

  • The Park Board is scheduled to make a decision on a Community Center Association – Joint Operating Agreement with Legal Considerations. Download the report from the agenda page (below). To follow the community perspective visit the group of associations (website http://mycommunitycentre.com, and on twitter @Vancouver_CCAs).
  • Regular City Council on Tuesday will cover a Homelessness Update, a Three-Year Progress Update of the Downtown Eastside Plan, Amendments to Design Guidelines for RT Zones in the Mount Pleasant Community, and a number of important financial reports (Annual Procurement Report 2016, Annual Financial Report 2016, 2016 Statement of Financial Information (SOFI), 2016 Council Remuneration and Expenses, and the 2017 Property Taxation – Distribution of Property Tax Levy).
  • The same Council meeting will decide to refer FIVE items to Public Hearings (rezonings at 210-262 West King Edward Ave, 3868-3898 Rupert St and 3304-3308 East 22nd Ave, 5469-5507 Willow St, and 2153-2199 Kingsway, and a “text amendment at 1101 West Waterfront Road (1199 West Cordova Street). It will also hear the Vancouver City Planning Commission 2016 Annual Report and 2017 Work Plan. 
  • Note that among other things the SOFI report covers suppliers above $25,000 in procurement value, and employees with salaries above $75,000. Interesting to review.
  • We see that the City spent $816,125,891 on suppliers in 2016, and $459,208,407 on remuneration for our public servants. That’s over $816 million, and $459 million, respectively. Of note, 918 City employees received more than $100,000 in pay in 2016. How does that compare with other municipalities per capita or other comparable measure? How does that compare with the private sector? A total of 2,368 staff earned more than $75,0000. The data is available in an Excel spreadsheet here: http://data.vancouver.ca/datacatalogue/employeeRemunerationExpensesOver75k.htm
  • For the Public Hearing, there is a rezoning at 4983 – 5007 Quebec Street, and “Facilitating Growth in Vancouver’s Innovation Economy – Railtown – Zoning and Developyment By-Law Amendments for I-4 (Historic Industrial) District.” The latter one is a hot topic, and in departure from regular practice, it appears Council is re-opening the speaker list. “Any person who has already spoken or submitted written comments may do so again.” We don’t see that very often.
  • For the Standing Committee meeting on Wednesday, items that catch the eye include “Prohibition of Non-recirculating Uses of Water and Enhanced Water Efficiency Requirements to Support Water Conservation,” and “City Sponsorship of Mass Participation Cycling Events.”

Media have already covered some of the topics. Search for the key words with Google News.

Agendas are provided below, for reference..

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