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Notice: CityHallWatch.ca is supporting a citizen’s forum on April 27 on the tower development proposal in Mt Pleasant.
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A public Open House was held at Heritage Hall (3102 Main St) on Tues April 12, 2011 from 4pm-9pm on a proposal to change height restrictions in Mt Pleasant that would allow skyscrapers to come to Main & Broadway.
- Wisemonkeys was at the Mt Pleasant April 12 Open House and offers this report: http://www.wisemonkeysblog.com/archives/2777
- Links to media coverage (and info on where you can give your feedback): http://stopthedevelopers.wordpress.com/
- This blog page has an excellent summary of previous open house:
- Another informative site:
The concerns are a proposed 26-storey glass tower (at 2 to 3 times higher than any current hi-rise in Mt Pleasant) does not blend into the heritage feel of the area and does not serve as a suitable “iconic landmark” for Main & Broadway, and the expensive community “benefits” included in the proposal (market rental units, large retail space & expensive artist space) will push up land value and push out local small businesses, and will set the wrong precedent for future development in and around Main. [Note that at the 12 April open house it was announced that the height was revised to 19 storeys.]
On November 18, the “Mount Pleasant Community Plan” was adopted by City Council after a detailed discussion. We will provide an analysis of the decision in due course, including its implications. Read on to find out why this plan is so significant for all of Vancouver. (Agenda and staff report here.)
The best summary of the Council discussion on this Plan was by Jessica Barrett, in WE.
Mount Pleasant speaks out on its future (WE, 24-Nov-2010)
Excerpt: “[Residents] want to be involved in the design process of large-site developments at the earliest possible planning stages.”
On November 4 Vancouver City Council adopted a motion by Clr Andrea Reimer regarding community planning processes, proposing that City staff look into the possibility of applying the “Community Plan” process to not just one but up to three neighbourhoods at a time. Mount Pleasant is at the end of this process, which in this case took input from thousands of residents at about 50 meetings, over about 4 years, and probably cost about a million dollars of taxpayers’ money. Before starting upon the path of a new “Community Plan” Vancouver would be wise to look at the achievements and lessons learned from Mount Pleasant.
On this web page, CityHallWatch will do its best to provide readers with the critical info and resources to develop a balanced assessment of the Community Plan process as applied there, and lessons learned for the next such effort in our civic society. What were its costs? What did it achieve? How do residents feel about it? What lessons were learned? How do our public servants (elected and employed) at City Hall balance neighbourhood priorities with city-wide policies such as “eco-density,” Short-Term Incentives for Rental housing (STIR) and so on? Do certain city-wide policies need to be reviewed by a new Vancouver council after 2011, and should they be up for discussion during election year? If so, which ones are most problematic?
The official City webpages for this process are here: www.vancouver.ca/mountpleasant. Worth special attention are the pages about the terms of reference, the history, and the outcomes. The staff report for the Nov 18 Council meeting is expected to be made public any day now. We will ask for citizen reviews of the report as soon as it comes out.
Media coverage on this topic follows:
Too high a high-rise? (Jessica Barrett, WE, 3-Nov-2010) A fire-razed block at the intersection of Broadway and Kingsway may become the site of a large mixed-use complex that would include a 26-storey residential tower….Rize Alliance Properties … has submitted a rezoning application … seeking permission to build a substantial development that will encompass the entire block of Kingsway and Broadway, extending to 10th Avenue to the north and Watson Street to the west….The rental units would allow the application to be considered under the City’s Short Term Incentives for Rental (STIR) program….The height and bulk of the project would be a dramatic departure from much of the rest of Mount Pleasant, an area largely made up of heritage buildings, low-rise walk-ups, and infill….But one Mount Pleasant resident involved in the community consultation process says the developer should have initiated a dialogue with community members years ago…. Read full article here.