(Updated) The City of Vancouver administration and City Council are going to be in overdrive for the next several weeks leading up to the annual summer hiatus, which kicks off in the last week of July. Plus the civic election in October 2018 is likely to lead to a major regime change at City Hall. Citizens need to be alert for topics that will affect them, as there seems to be a tendency for major projects and policies to be rushed through in times like these. Future council hopefuls would also be smart to keep a close eye on these topics.
Media, social media, and community groups are likely to be covering some of these items. We encourage people to scan down the list to get engaged on any topics that concern you.
For example, a few items to watch are the Housing Vancouver Update with many proposed changes in zoning guidelines across the city; many items of “Referral to Public Hearing” including one for a tower by PAVCO beside BC Place that would pierce through a protected view cone.
The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN) has written two letters to Council today. Regarding the Housing Vancouver Update, they say “Bringing 681 pages of significant policy changes to Council, with little or no meaningful public consultation, and with a very short period of time for the public to digest, shows a lack of respect for due public process…. These reports should be for information only and referred back to staff for a meaningful public consultation process before consideration by Council after the fall election.”
Regarding the Northeast False Creek Update, CVN wrote “Many member groups have volunteered significant time and energy over the last decade working on these issues, only to find that the final reports do not reflect their input. We recommend that these reports be amended to reflect the community’s input as noted above” (size and location of park, tower piercing view cones).
Please visit the CVN links for detailed bullet points.
For the record, reproduced below are the meeting agendas as of today.