Community planning: In the spotlight this summer

This is just a heads up that in the next several weeks, City staff will be coming forward with recommendations to City Council about how to carry out consultations and develop new community plans in several neighbourhoods of Vancouver, including Grandview-Woodland, Marpole, the West End, Kitsilano, and Fairview. There will be implications for everyone in Vancouver.

The official City website for these initiatives are here. Grandview-Woodland Area Council has done a nice summary of the situation here. Planning in Vancouver needs to balance many interests, respect heritage and existing policies, while also accommodating change for the future. Land use decisions affect every aspect of livability and life in our city, and also affect billions of dollars of investment and future private profits. Citizens need to be aware of what is going on and have a say in how these processes are determined. CityHallWatch will report more and provide links to other citizen-based efforts to track what is going on.

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