Residents around Marine Gardens at Cambie and Marine received this notice from a contractor telling them to be prepared for construction noise 24 hours a day for the next four days, starting today. It was delivered just one day in advance, leaving little time for alternative arrangements. What about shift workers, the elderly, people with health issues, children? Thousands of people are potentially affected.
On October 27 – 30th , 2015, Pedre Contractors Ltd. will be conducting work associated with the construction site located on Southwest Marine Drive East of Cambie.
Construction vehicles and equipment will need to be utilized to complete this work.
Due to the magnitude of the work required, the City of Vancouver has permitted the following:
・Southwest Marine Drive East of Cambie. (no closure required): October 27 – 30, 2015 between the hours of 8:00 pm to 8:00 am
Please note: Pedre Contractors Ltd., has applied for and has received a noise bylaw exemption for the above stated hours.
Pedre Contractors Ltd. thanks you for your patience and understanding.
Questions of concerns?
Contact Jay Brown 604-754-7186
Pedre Contractors Ltd.
Note: The recipients of the notice are near the Concord Pacific construction site for two towers approved earlier this year, despite considerable opposition, some controversy regarding covert involvement of realtors, and the fact that the site of Marine Gardens was one of the model projects for the Habitat 76 Forum, where the Vancouver Declaration on and housing as a basic human rights was issued.
If you wish to address your concerns to the city, try calling 311. You may also wish to reach Mayor and Council. Give them a call. https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/city-hall/speak-to-city-council/
This is just one of many examples in which residents of Vancouver are seriously affected by demolition and construction work. This case appears to be in compliance with regulations, as permitted by the City of Vancouver. However, it exposes the imbalance. Residents are victims, while the industry is protected. We call for efforts to create a dialogue between city officials, industry representatives, academics, and the public, in order to get Vancouver into the twenty-first century with its policies and practices. Even with these lax regulations, violations by the industry are rampant and enforcement is lax.
If you are interested in this discussion and a future public meeting on the topic, send us a line at citizenYVR@gmail.com
About Marine Gardens
Paradise (to be) Lost: Marine Gardens Townhouse Community
Marine Gardens, the Habitat 76 Forum and housing as a basic human right (Vancouver Declaration)
More reading and resources about noise and the industry
If you have concern about any demolition or construction impact, call the City at 311. Also, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Noise, the most common complaint, is regulated by the Noise By-law. Construction noise in any zone is limited to these hours:
7:30 am to 8 pm (Monday – Friday)
10 am to 8 pm (Saturday)
(In case you didn’t notice, that means SIX days a week.)
No construction noise is permitted on Sundays or holidays.
Permission can be granted for noise outside of these hours for special circumstances.
- Concerns about noise? Call theNoise Hotline at 604.873.7753 (or604.717.3321 after 5pm).
For other concerns about a construction site, file a complaint with the 311 Call Centre (604.873.7000)and ask City staff to investigate.
For general or specific questions about City Zoning or Building by-laws, call the Telephone Enquiry Centre at 604.873.7611.
The Noise Control Bylaw is the most comprehensive source of information on the subject: http://vancouver.ca/your-government/noise-control-bylaw.aspx
For further assistance on any topic, please contact the City of Vancouver at:
3-1-1 (within Vancouver)
604.873.7000 (outside Vancouver)
Staff can take your call from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, 7 days/week, 365 days/year (including holidays). The City offers interpretation services in over 170 languages.
Visit the City of Vancouver’s website for further information on City services at http://vancouver.ca
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