For quick readers, here is the link to sign the petition:
On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, City Council will be voting on proposed amendments to the Downtown Official Development Plan (the Public Hearing starts 6 pm, and this is agenda item 3).
Despite what City officials are saying, these amendments (if approved) will not just change downtown. They will set a precedent that will affect neighbourhoods all across Vancouver. Forever. Your neighbourhood may be next.
The Community Association of New Yaletown has launched on online petition opposing the amendments. To see a quick list of key reasons to oppose the amendments, click this link (we have also copied the text at the bottom, for convenience). http://www.newyaletown.ca/2015/03/say-no-to-downtown-official-development-plan-amendments/
Among other serious issues, the City is proposing to change the definition of “social housing” to mean “rental housing” (actually, it already amended this in 2014 by Bylaw 10929 but few people knew about it, because the City quietly buried significant changes in the definition into the East End Community Plan). The B.C. Supreme Court order the City of Vancouver to do the process again.
Also, through Section 3.13 in the proposed amendment, the City is proposing to give the Development Permit Board the power to give developers whatever density increases they want (in FSR, or floor space ratio), despite the maximum FSR set out in the Official Development Plan. This will effectively give that Board “carte blanche” and completely bypass the Public Hearing process. For more see also City’s DODP amendments will redefine “social housing,” hurt low-income people, give developers carte blanche, eliminate public role (CityHallWatch, 18-March-2015).
We have discovered that a church organization has (perhaps unwittingly, and possibly in violation of CRA regulations for charitable organizations) played a crucial role in supporting the amendments (by submitting 102 signatures of people who probably do not even understand the policy issues involved).
CityHallWatch has covered many aspects of this case in the past year. At the core is a B.C. Supreme Court decision overturning the City of Vancouver’s rezoning and policy changes at 508 Helmcken and 1099 Richards Street, plus major City policies.
Other actions recommended by CANY: