What happens when the Viaducts are gone? GWAC meeting 6-May-2019 (Mon)

Viaducts bottom photo, credit GWAC May 2019

A view from below the Viaducts. Phote: GWAC.

The text below is from an notification e-mail from the Grandview-Woodland Area Council. For the full notice, please visit their website – http://www.gwac.ca/news/may-6th-meeting-what-is-the-plan-when-the-viaducts-are-gone.

What Happens When the Viaducts Are Gone?
GWAC Meeting
May 6, 2019 (Monday), starting 7 pm
Learning Resources Centre (LRC), under the Britannia Library, 1661 Napier Street

 

The City intends to develop a new route across the False Creek Flats once the Viaducts come down. A community panel was convened and recently recommended a preferred route, crossing on National Street to Charles and emptying out on Clark. This has now gone to the City’s Engineering department for review.

On May 6th, Lon LeClair, director of Transportation with the City of Vancouver, has been invited to speak to the priorities of the City. His talk will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives of the Strathcona Residents’ Association, Produce Row, Commercial Drive BIA, and Maria Stanborough of the GWACouncil.

They will discuss what they think is important and they will want to hear from you, so please plan to attend.

 

Development applications snapshot 1-May-2019

For an explanation of our monthly snapshots please visit this page:
https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/city-hall/snapshots-rezoning-development-applications/
As a free public service CityHallWatch takes a monthly snapshot of the Rezoning Applications listed on the City of Vancouver website. The list contains valuable information on each application, and indicates scheduled “open houses” and Public Hearings. Spread the word to anyone who might be affected or interested.
A tech-savvy citizen is voluntarily producing two handy online maps (click bottom right to switch between rezoning and development applications): https://vancouverapps-fa328.firebaseapp.com/
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CoV development applications snapshot 1-May-2019
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Rezoning applications snapshot 1-May-2019

For an explanation of our monthly snapshots please visit this page:
https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/city-hall/snapshots-rezoning-development-applications/

As a free public service CityHallWatch takes a monthly snapshot of the Rezoning Applications listed on the City of Vancouver website. The list contains valuable information on each application, and indicates scheduled “open houses” and Public Hearings. Spread the word to anyone who might be affected or interested. There are about 70 proposed, over 70 approved, and several open houses coming up.

A tech-savvy citizen is voluntarily producing two handy online maps (click bottom right to switch between rezoning and development applications): https://vancouverapps-fa328.firebaseapp.com/

Download the full list of development applications we created in PDF format:
CoV rezoning applications snapshot, 1-May-2019

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Community meeting on Jericho Lands & subway extension to UBC (11-Apr-2019, Thurs), by WPGRA

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Event notice (updated with speakers)

Community Meeting on the Jericho Lands & Subway extension to UBC
April 11, 2019 (Thursday) 7 pm
Jericho Hill Gym (4180 West 4th Ave)
Organizer: West Point Grey Residents’ Association

A community organized meeting to inform on the issues. Guest speakers to be announced.

Meeting Topics:

  • The city initiated planning process for Jericho Lands is underway.
  • An update on the results of WPGRA survey on Jericho Lands.
  • An update on a proposed subway extension from Arbutus to UBC.
  • A motion to define Kitsilano and West Point Grey as a “transit corridor” planning area goes back to Vancouver City Council before April 30. Find out how this could result in BC Government and TransLink becoming involved in land use planning in these two neighbourhoods.

Speakers:

  • Deana Grinnell, Vice President Real Estate, Canada Lands Co.
  • Zak Bennett, Planner, City of Vancouver
  • Elizabeth Murphy, presenting on Jericho Lands & UBC Subway
  • UBC Professor Patrick Condon, James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments
  • Larry Benge, Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods

 

Can False Creek South remain a model community in a changing world? Talk by Dr. David Ley, 4-Apr-2019 (Thurs)

False Creek South Neighbourhood Association logo

Event notice:

Can False Creek South remain a model community in a changing world?
A talk by Dr. David Ley (Emeritus Professor of urban and social geography, UBC)
April 4, 2019 (Thursday), 7 to 9 pm
Sitka Square Meeting Room (Ground Level), 1092 Sitka Square, Vancouver

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City Council created False Creek South in the spirit of 1970s liberal ideology as an innovative built environment, for a mix of incomes and households. This talk will highlight the distinctive features of the False Creek South community. Its distinctiveness is emphasized in contrast to the very different post-Expo development on the north shore, characteristic of the current era of globalisation.

To what extent can False Creek South’s innovative characteristics be retained and extended in the context of the global capital/eco-density world of the present?

Dr. David Ley, Emeritus Professor of urban and social geography at UBC, has studied housing and neighbourhood issues in Vancouver and other Canadian cities in a national and global context. Following earlier publications on gentrification, a more recent book, Millionaire Migrants, examined the experience and impacts of wealthy families moving between East Asia and Vancouver. His current research project is entitled “Housing Bubbles in Gateway Cities.”

As the world changes at an ever increasing pace, False Creek South is looking to be a leader in diverse methods of affordable housing and strategic community innovation.

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/can-false-creek-south-remain-a-model-community-in-a-changing-world-tickets-58662877245

Motion to SNC-Lavalin relationship with City of Vancouver (proposed by Clr Hardwick)

[Update – April 2: This item has been postponed to April 23.]

Councillor Colleen Hardwick has submitted a motion to Vancouver City Council asking the city to review the relationship with SNC-Lavalin in the context of a proposed multi-billion dollar subway project.

Council is expected to hear speakers to motions on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at the Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities.

If you support the motion, you are encouraged to write the Councillors directly (see addresses here) and all you need to say is “I support Councillor Hardwick’s Motion 5. Review of SNC-Lavalin Relationship with the City of Vancouver.” People are also encouraged to sign up to speak by writing speaker.request@vancouver.ca or calling  the clerk at 604-829-4272.

This is a huge project with major implications, and it behooves our municipal government to move forward with eyes wide open.

Here is the text of motion (PDF), as proposed, with bolding by CityHallWatch.

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MOTION ON NOTICE

5. Review of SNC-Lavalin relationship with the City of Vancouver
Submitted by: Councillor Hardwick

WHEREAS

1. On January 30, 2019, Vancouver City Council endorsed a SkyTrain Millennium Line extension from Arbutus Street to the University of British Columbia (UBC);

2. SkyTrain is TransLink’s name for the Vancouver region’s rail system which has two main types of technology, the Canada Line that is conventional and the Expo and Millennium Lines that are unconventional. The unconventional Millennium Line technology would apply to the proposed extension to UBC, of which SNC Lavalin (track and electrics) and Bombardier (cars) partnered to build the SkyTrain Millennium Line;

3. On February 11, 2019, it was announced that Federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion will investigate allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution;

4. Ongoing media reports since February 6, 2019, have exposed the current status of corruption charges related to the SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., involving alleged bribery and fraud. In the wake of a failed bid for judicial review, the appearance is that Public Prosecution Service of Canada is likely to proceed with a trial rather than a negotiated settlement agreement;

5. Bombardier is also reported as being investigated for allegations of corruption through a World Bank audit and has been struggling to produce trains for existing orders for rail equipment or to fix equipment problems. The New York City Transit Authority announced as reported on January 24, 2019, that they are halting delivery of any new train cars from Bombardier until more of the existing ones are fixed;

6. City Council endorsement of Broadway rapid transit extension to UBC as SkyTrain Millennium Line technology was rushed in consideration of potential funding in the Federal budget announced March 19, 2019, that did not materialize;

7. City of Vancouver statements of financial information show a total of $2,916,452 in payments to SNC-Lavalin between 2010 and 2017;

8. Part of the project approval process for the subway SkyTrain Millennium Line extension is the consideration by the TransLink Mayors’ Council, which endorsed SkyTrain at their meeting on February 15, 2019, subject to confirmation from staff regarding the proprietary rights of SNC-Lavalin and the ability to get competitive bids;

9. The recent 2019 McElhanney draft report, that both the City of Vancouver and the TransLink Mayors’ Council based the decision to endorse SkyTrain technology for a Millennium Line extension of the subway Arbutus to UBC, was an update of the former 2012 report by SNC-Lavalin / Steer Davies Gleave report that recommended the SkyTrain Millennium Line extension to Broadway;
[CHW emphasizes that this was a DRAFT report, which comes with only limited accountability]

10. A criminal conviction against SNC-Lavalin could result in them not being allowed to bid on either the phase 1 Millennium Line extension Broadway subway from VCC to Arbutus or the phase 2 extension from Arbutus to UBC;

11. Council requires all related information to make informed decisions.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED

A. THAT Council instruct staff to report back to Council with a thorough review of the existing relationship between the City of Vancouver, SNC Lavalin, and Bombardier, including the procurement relationship.

B. THAT Council instruct staff to report back to Council with information on how SkyTrain use as a Millennium Line extension could be affected by further outcomes of the criminal prosecution for corruption charges of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and the World Bank’s audit of Bombardier for allegations of corruption.

C. THAT Council instruct staff to consult with TransLink staff and report back to Council on the results as soon as available from the TransLink staff report to the Mayors’ Council on any proprietary rights or bidding advantage of SNC-Lavalin and Bombardier for the SkyTrain Millennium Line extension and the ability for other firms to bid competitively.

D. THAT the above information be provided to Council, and before any further Council decisions are made on a Broadway subway phase 1 or phase 2 for a SkyTrain Millennium Line extension, Council should consider whether any information required by this motion has not been presented to Council, and whether any decision should be delayed until that information is fully reviewed and confirmed to Council’s satisfaction.
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Development applications snapshot 1-Apr-2019

For an explanation of our monthly snapshots please visit this page:
https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/city-hall/snapshots-rezoning-development-applications/
As a free public service CityHallWatch takes a monthly snapshot of the Rezoning Applications listed on the City of Vancouver website. The list contains valuable information on each application, and indicates scheduled “open houses” and Public Hearings. Spread the word to anyone who might be affected or interested.
A tech-savvy citizen is voluntarily producing two handy online maps (click bottom right to switch between rezoning and development applications): https://vancouverapps-fa328.firebaseapp.com/Download the full list of development applications we created in PDF format:
CoV development applications snapshot 1-Apr-2019For a current list of applications, click: vancouver.ca/devapps/.

Below is the list as of April 1, 2019.

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