Alternative Open House (Renfrew-Collingwood Nov 26 & 28)

Reblogged with kind permission from Eye on Norquay:

Eye on Norquay has been hearing recently from a new East Vancouver group called Renfrew-Collingwood Residents. Their activism relates to an area directly adjacent to and east of Norquay. Most of the Norquay Plan area also falls within Renfrew-Collingwood.

Here’s the latest about an alternative open house coming up later this week:
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Hello! Thank you for supporting and sharing our petition. We have gained a small victory — the City has extended the comment period to November 29 and will be meeting with local businesses. An extended comment period is not enough. We need commitment from the City that the existing local community will not be displaced and that our voice will be part of the planning process. We need to continue this momentum. You are invited to our alternative open house and info night [choice of two dates and times] to learn more about the City’s proposal and contribute to our own vision for the area! Thursday November 26 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm Saturday November 28 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Collingwood Neighbourhood House at 5288 Joyce Street Feel free to contact us by emailing rencollspeaks[at]gmail.com with any questions.

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The group has earlier circulated notice of this online petition:

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/joyce-collingwood-station-precinct-review

The content of the petition is reproduced below for ease of reference and for permanent record:
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We, the undersigned, are against the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Review. We urge the City of Vancouver to pause the precinct review process until comprehensive multilingual consultation with the community has taken place and clear policies are put in place to protect the future of Renfrew-Collingwood, including the vulnerable residents and retailers that we all depend on. We are very concerned about the impacts the developments will bring with such drastic height proposals and we urge the City to conduct a social impact assessment before moving forward. We have the right to remain and the right to decide how our communities will be developed.

This kind of redevelopment is happening across the City of Vancouver with very little efforts being made by governments to consider the needs of local communities. Renfrew-Collingwood is a vibrant neighbourhood made up of many working class immigrant families that we fear will be displaced or negatively impacted. Join us in advocating for accessible consultation processes, policy protections for local residents and retailers, and the building of infrastructure decided by and for the existing community.

Submit your comments by Nov 4!

For more details about the precinct review, see the City’s proposals here:

http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/joyce-collingwood-station-precinct-review.aspx

A 29-storey market condo project is being proposed by Westbank at 5050-5080 Joyce Street and may be approved before the height guidelines are enacted. There are 3 small businesses currently operating on this site that do not want to be displaced. Find out more:

http://former.vancouver.ca/commsvcs/planning/rezoning/applications/5050-5080joyce/index.htm

We are organizing on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

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