Opinion: Vancouver growth targets don’t add up (Elizabeth Murphy, Vancouver Sun, 7-Jun-2019) – Crucial motion coming June 12

ElizabethMurphyReprinted here, with permission. Elizabeth Murphy writes in a Vancouver Sun op ed challenges the City’s numbers.

Excerpts: Vancouver’s housing strategy is based on population growth targets that are much higher than projections that census data would justify. City policies, programs and budget are based on faulty underlying assumptions. These unit projections were high even during the housing market expansion and do not reflect the current market correction. The housing strategy needs to be reconsidered.

Even the city admits that we can’t build our way to affordability, but their policies intended to address the issues are only making things much worse. The current rental incentive programs are a case in point.

…. It is precisely this demolition of existing, more affordable rental buildings in commercial arterial districts that Coun. Jean Swanson’s motion going to council on June 12 is intended to address.

CHW note: Here is a link to the June 12 Council meeting and motion by Clr Swanson. See “Referred Items” “5. Protecting Rental Housing Stock along Arterial Streets.” This motion merits public support! https://council.vancouver.ca/20190612/pspc20190612ag.htm

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Vancouver growth targets don’t add up

OPINION: The current Vision agenda needs to change if we are to have an affordable sustainable future for the people who live and work here in Vancouver.

Vancouver Sun

By Elizabeth Murphy

June 7, 2019 online, Print edition June 8, 2019 page H2

Vancouver’s housing strategy is based on population growth targets that are much higher than projections that census data would justify. City policies, programs and budget are based on faulty underlying assumptions. These unit projections were high even during the housing market expansion and do not reflect the current market correction. The housing strategy needs to be reconsidered.

The former Vision council approved these directions before being tossed in October’s election. Yet the new council has approved the plans and policies set in place, including the budget to implement them. Staff have been pushing through their agenda by guiding a mostly inexperienced council with advice that continues to be blindly followed.

An exception is Coun. Colleen Hardwick, who has been raising questions of staff at council meetings regarding the disconnect between unit targets and projected population growth.

The last census in 2016 showed a population increase for the city of about 28,000 people from 2011 to 2016 at a total of 631,500 people. Total private dwellings were 309,000 (including 25,500 unoccupied or occupied by temporary residents) with an average household size of 2.2 persons per unit. That averages 5600 people per year over one of the highest housing growth periods in Vancouver’s history.

Even if the population growth continued at this pace for the next 10 years it would only mean 56,000 more people. At 2.2 persons per unit that should be 26,000 more units.

However, the city’s targets for the next 10-year period is for 72,000 more units. That is more units than the 56,000 new people, if increases kept up with recent growth trends and almost three times the number of units that would be reasonably justified by population projections.
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Residents in support of neighbourhood and outdoor pools plan rally June 10 in front of City Hall

Notice received:

Rally outside Vancouver City Hall
in support of neighbourhood and outdoor pools
June 10, 2019 (Monday)
5:15 to 6 pm

Despite over 5000 combined signatures collected by the Templeton and Lord Byng Community to keep the Neighbourhood Pools open,  VanSplash in their  November, 2017, the final draft strategy, Park Board staff recommended “Moving away from a predominantly neighbourhood scale pool system and deliver a greater diversity of swimming experiences at larger community and destination scale facilities.”

https://vancouver.ca/images/web/draft-vansplash-final-strategy-report.pdf – p56

Templeton and Lord Byng residents would like to see more neighbourhood scale pools being built, upgraded and renovated.  The ability to walk or bike to a local pool supports the City’s Climate Emergency Plan to move away from motorized transportation thus reducing  carbon emissions.

Residents from the Templeton and Lord Byng communities support the Park Board Commissioner’s amendments

  • to develop an upgrade and renovation plan, extending operational life-span for neighbourhood pools not undergoing renewal as part of this strategy, to increase sustainability and operational efficiency including consideration of implementing green technologies
  • to support a balanced delivery model that includes neighbourhood scale pools as well as larger community and destination scale facilities to deliver a greater diversity of aquatic experiences.

SOURCE: https://parkboardmeetings.vancouver.ca/2018/20180129/DECISION-VanSplash-VancouverAquaticsStrategy-20180129.pdf

They will be holding a rally outside of City Hall Monday, June 10th, 2019, from 5:15 – 6:00 in support of this recommendation and broader community support is welcomed.

Mt Pleasant cc pool credit mpcc

Mount Pleasant outdoor pool

Supporters of a new outdoor replacement pool in Mount Pleasant will also join them. [The rally is also in support of outdoor pools, including the long overdue promise to replace Mount Pleasant Outdoor swimming pool.]

 

Due to community push back of the proposed closures of community pools, an advisory group was established to provide insights and advice to Park Board staff. Based in part on the advisory group’s input, Park Board staff will revise the VanSplash strategy and bring it to the Board in the fall of  2019 for decision. The final decision-makers are the Park Board Commissioners.  The VanSplash Advisory Group is meeting June 10th and 12th to decide on their recommendations  to the Park Board.

Your opinion is welcome and encouraged.  The VanSplash staff will update the strategy to present to the Park Board Commissioners by fall, 2019.  Please send in your comments before this time.

VanSplash Advisory Committee; vansplash@vancouver.ca

Park Board Commissioners –  PBcommissioners@vancouver.ca

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Development applications snapshot 1-Jun-2019

For an explanation of our monthly snapshots please visit this page:
https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/city-hall/snapshots-rezoning-development-applications/

As a free public service CityHallWatch takes a monthly snapshot of the Rezoning Applications listed on the City of Vancouver website. The list contains valuable information on each application, and indicates scheduled “open houses” and Public Hearings. Spread the word to anyone who might be affected or interested.

A tech-savvy citizen is voluntarily producing two handy online maps (click bottom right to switch between rezoning and development applications):  https://vancouverapps-fa328.firebaseapp.com/

Download the full list of development applications we created in PDF format:
CoV development applications 1-Jun-2019

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Rezoning applications snapshot 1-Jun-2019

For an explanation of our monthly snapshots please visit this page:
https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/city-hall/snapshots-rezoning-development-applications/

As a free public service CityHallWatch takes a monthly snapshot of the Rezoning Applications listed on the City of Vancouver website. The list contains valuable information on each application, and indicates scheduled “open houses” and Public Hearings. Spread the word to anyone who might be affected or interested. There are about 79 proposed, 94 approved, and 6 open houses coming up.

A tech-savvy citizen is voluntarily producing two handy online maps (click bottom right to switch between rezoning and development applications): https://vancouverapps-fa328.firebaseapp.com/

Download the full list of development applications we created in PDF format:
CoV rezoning applications 1-Jun-2019

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What happens when the Viaducts are gone? GWAC meeting 6-May-2019 (Mon)

Viaducts bottom photo, credit GWAC May 2019

A view from below the Viaducts. Phote: GWAC.

The text below is from an notification e-mail from the Grandview-Woodland Area Council. For the full notice, please visit their website – http://www.gwac.ca/news/may-6th-meeting-what-is-the-plan-when-the-viaducts-are-gone.

What Happens When the Viaducts Are Gone?
GWAC Meeting
May 6, 2019 (Monday), starting 7 pm
Learning Resources Centre (LRC), under the Britannia Library, 1661 Napier Street

 

The City intends to develop a new route across the False Creek Flats once the Viaducts come down. A community panel was convened and recently recommended a preferred route, crossing on National Street to Charles and emptying out on Clark. This has now gone to the City’s Engineering department for review.

On May 6th, Lon LeClair, director of Transportation with the City of Vancouver, has been invited to speak to the priorities of the City. His talk will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives of the Strathcona Residents’ Association, Produce Row, Commercial Drive BIA, and Maria Stanborough of the GWACouncil.

They will discuss what they think is important and they will want to hear from you, so please plan to attend.

 

Development applications snapshot 1-May-2019

For an explanation of our monthly snapshots please visit this page:
https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/city-hall/snapshots-rezoning-development-applications/
As a free public service CityHallWatch takes a monthly snapshot of the Rezoning Applications listed on the City of Vancouver website. The list contains valuable information on each application, and indicates scheduled “open houses” and Public Hearings. Spread the word to anyone who might be affected or interested.
A tech-savvy citizen is voluntarily producing two handy online maps (click bottom right to switch between rezoning and development applications): https://vancouverapps-fa328.firebaseapp.com/
Download the full list of development applications we created in PDF format:
CoV development applications snapshot 1-May-2019
For a current list of applications, click: vancouver.ca/devapps/
Below is the list as of 1-May-2019.

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Rezoning applications snapshot 1-May-2019

For an explanation of our monthly snapshots please visit this page:
https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/city-hall/snapshots-rezoning-development-applications/

As a free public service CityHallWatch takes a monthly snapshot of the Rezoning Applications listed on the City of Vancouver website. The list contains valuable information on each application, and indicates scheduled “open houses” and Public Hearings. Spread the word to anyone who might be affected or interested. There are about 70 proposed, over 70 approved, and several open houses coming up.

A tech-savvy citizen is voluntarily producing two handy online maps (click bottom right to switch between rezoning and development applications): https://vancouverapps-fa328.firebaseapp.com/

Download the full list of development applications we created in PDF format:
CoV rezoning applications snapshot, 1-May-2019

For a current list of applications, click: vancouver.ca/devapps/.

Below is the list as of 1-May-2019 Continue reading