The City of Vancouver announced three upcoming Grandview-Woodland Sub-Area Workshops. The information about the workshops was printed on a number street posters that were put up around the neighbourhood.
The Broadway/Commercial sub-area workshop is scheduled for Saturday, February 21 (10am to 4pm). Interested residents are requested to register before the free session. The City made a number of draft plans prior to the contentious June 2013 “Emerging Directions” land use plan for Grandview-Woodland. For reference, a number of these drawing are posted in the following article: The City Grandview-Woodland land use plan: Top-down/political interference obvious by analysis of draft versions (one with 22 towers!) (Jan 9, 2015).
The Commercial Drive sub-area workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 (10am – 4am). An option to register for this consultation session is not yet available on the city’s website at the time of this writing (please check the City’s website at the vancouver.ca/grandviewplan link for updates).
The Hastings sub-area workshop is set for Saturday, February 14 (10am to 3pm).
[Update] The City of Vancouver sent out the following notice on Monday, February 16, 2015:
A few updates to pass along. First, a note about registration details for the February 21 Broadway/Commercial workshop (and supplemental walking tour and separate Cantonese/Mandarin language focus group). Second, a recap of dates and details for both the Commercial Drive workshop and the upcoming Citizens’ Assembly Public Roundtable.
(on behalf of the planning team)
Broadway & Commercial Sub-Area Workshop – February 21
What do the next few decades hold for the Broadway and Commercial sub-area? As part of the larger Grandview-Woodland community planning process, this workshop will explore policy directions that will help shape growth and change in this part of the neighbourhood.
Broadway-Commercial is a hub of activity, the site of the region’s busiest Skytrain stations and several of the busiest bus routes. The area is bisected by several arterial streets which move a significant volume of cars, goods, and public transit. The neighbourhood is also home to a range of housing types, a variety of shops, offices and services, and interesting public spaces (including parks and leafy residential streets).
Building on previous community engagement activities
In June 2013, the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan Emerging Directions was released – outlining proposed land-use directions for the area. Community members expressed significant concern about the extent and height of tower building forms being considered in the vicinity of Broadway and Commercial station. As a result, this proposal was taken off the table.
The City then convened three workshops and engagement events to explore other options with the community. An array of important material was generated as a result of these activities. (See vancouver.ca/gw “Documents” tab).
The February 21 workshop will build on these earlier sessions, enabling participants to refine ideas, identify key options for land-use and building types, and explore policy considerations for housing, jobs and services, and public space/community amenities. The outcomes of the workshop work will then be integrated into the larger, neighbourhood-wide planning process, including the work of the Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly.
The Broadway and Commercial workshop will take place on Saturday, February 21, 10am-4pm (approx.) The workshop is a full-day session, and will feature a number of planning activities. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Childcare is available upon request. The event is free, but please register to attend.
Optional Walking Tour – February 19
On Thursday, February 19 at 6:00pm there will be an optional walking tour of the sub-area. Meet in front of the Post Office building at East 6th and Commercial. No registration is necessary for the tour.
Cantonese & Mandarin Focus Group – February 28
An additional focus group for Cantonese and Mandarin speakers will be held on the afternoon of February 28, 2015. This session will centre on both the Broadway and Commercial area, as well as Nanaimo Street. For information on this focus group, please contact Angela Ko – firstname.lastname@example.org, or 604-871-6598.
Hold the Date –Commercial Drive Workshop
The date for the Commercial Drive workshop has now been finalized. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
Registration details for this session will be on-line shortly, and we’ll send you an update to let you know.
Thursday, March 5 – Citizen’s Assembly Public Roundtable
As noted in our previous update, the Citizens’ Assembly will host its second public roundtable meeting in early March. The Assembly will share its draft neighbourhood-wide recommendations, as well as its consideration of a selection of ‘sticky’ issues. Assembly members want your feedback on this important work. The emerging draft recommendations will be shared in advance of the Roundtable.
The Roundtable takes place 7:00pm-9:00pm.
As always, for those who are not able to attend an activity in person, feel free to share your comments with us through phone or email anytime.
ABOUT THE GRANDVIEW-WOODLAND COMMUNITY PLAN
In April 2012, the City initiated a new Community Planning process for Grandview-Woodland. When completed, the plan will provide long-range guidance on a variety of issues – including housing, transportation, parks and public space, social issues, arts, culture, heritage and more. The new plan will replace an older Local Area Plan developed between 1979-82.
For information on our planning work to date, upcoming events and opportunities for public involvement, please stay in touch via the following means: