From time to time we highlight the election promises and platforms that got our current members of City Council elected. Here we provide the text of the Green Party of Vancouver election platform for 2018. The Greens got three persons elected to Council for the 2018 to 2022 term: Clr Adriane Carr, Clr Pete Fry, and Clr Mike Wiebe. It is not always clear that they are referring back to the platform that got them elected.
(As a public service, we keep an archive of civic election platforms of winning parties going back to 2005 and welcome PDF or print copies of any that we’re missing.)
And so, in the context of multiple past and present consultation projects on neighbourhoods, corridors, transit, zoning, and the highly-desired-but-slow-moving citywide Vancouver Plan, let’s see what they committed themselves to. One current hot topic is a motion by OneCity Clr Christine Boyle (see our post “Councillor Boyle’s motion (May 18) seeks up to 12-storeys in every neighbourhood, with no public hearings“) which is proposing significant changes in zoning across the City and elimination of public hearings for them. Here below is an excerpt of the Green Party of Vancouver 2018 platform text from page 6 of 41, relating to “authentic public engagement.”
How are the elected threesome performing since elected in October 2018? There is now just a year left in their term, still time to make good on any gaps. Bolding below is by CityHallWatch to emphasize some or our core concerns.
AUTHENTIC PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
- Fast-track a new city-wide plan for Vancouver, co-created with residents, that has a liveable city, not
a growth strategy, as its goal. The new plan will review recent blanket city-wide zoning changes and
determine what we want our city to be: what kind of growth and density, what kind of housing and
where, what new public amenities, and what types of transportation. The planning will follow a tight
timeline, within 18 months, because of the urgency of addressing the housing crisis.
- Empower communities through neighbourhood-based city planning offices that enable communities
and residents to be involved in the planning and implementation of the new city-wide plan.
- Establish new guidelines for all public engagement, to authentically and democratically engage
residents so their input is ultimately reflected in plans and decisions. Incorporate a focus on genuine
listening, collaborative decision-making, and sufficient time for public review of reports well before
decisions are made so people have the time to determine if their input has been incorporated.
- Increase participatory budgeting so residents can democratically determine how certain city money
is spent such as how revenues from increased West End parking fees will be spent in the West End.
- Encourage civic pride by supporting opportunities for citizens to meaningfully engage in city life and
show love for the city: from fostering civic literacy to complimenting active citizens to promoting
neighbourhood festivals and clean-ups.
- Support city advisory committees; ensure a fair selection process; and strengthen their role in
providing advice to Council and staff on issues.
Whew, it’s all bold! We would love to see the Green examine their work of the past three years and provide a report card now on what they’ve done on these points, and what’s left to do in the remaining year or so before the next election cycle. The next election is in October 2022 and things are already starting to heat up.
While we’re at it, here is an excerpt from page 33/41, relating to “improve public transit”:Continue reading