City of Vancouver Rezoning Applications snapshot, 3-May-2018

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As a free public service we take a monthly snapshot of the City of Vancouver’s Rezoning Applications listed on the City of Vancouver website. The City does not provide this kind of archived “snapshot” to the public, and as far as we know, a monthly snapshot like this is not available anywhere else.

Open houses and public hearings deserve special attention. They are key chances for the public to obtain information and give feedback. If you have concerns or questions, we encourage you to contact the applicant and/or the City’s project facilitator indicated for each case. If you feel it is important, you might also contact your neighbours, and the media.

This list below is simply copied from the City’s Rezoning Centre website. Download any links that might be important for you. For the current official list, click vancouver.ca/rezapps. Note that the Archives link carries links to past rezonings from 2011 onward (though we are not really sure it is up to date).

Download this list we saved in PDF format:
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City of Vancouver Development Applications snapshot, 3-May-2018

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs a free public service CityHallWatch takes a monthly snapshot of the Development Applications listed on the City of Vancouver website.

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/

Anyone interested in these projects is also encouraged to periodically check the Urban Design Panel (UDP) and Development Permit Board (DPB) schedules, as many projects appear before them as part of the approval pipeline. Check often, as sometimes their agendas appear publicly online as little as one hour before the meeting.

For reference, download the full list of development applications we saved on this date:
CoV Development Applications snapshot, 3-May-2018

Consider writing Mayor and Council asking them to make Development Applications archives available online. The City website provides a list of archived Rezoning Applications (here), so why not full information on past Development Applications too?

For current (at time of viewing) full list of applications online, click: vancouver.ca/devapps/.

Below is the list as of May 3, 2018. Continue reading

Grandview Woodland meeting to look at 4-storey area-wide rezoning (City’s proposed upzoning of arterials & side streets): GWAC 7-May-2018 (Mon)

zones Grandview Woodland combined small_orig 2018-05The Grandview Woodland neighbourhood is the target of many changes being proposed by the City of Vancouver. At its next monthly meeting, the Grandview Woodland Area Council is having a look at what’s up next. The info below is copied from their website. Please visit their post for more details.

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Find out more about the City of Vancouver’s proposed upzoning of a number of arterial streets and adjacent side streets in the Grandview planning area.

Date: Monday, May 7th, 7pm – 9pm
Location: Learning Resource Centre, (LRC),
 Under the Britannia Library, 1661 Napier Street

The proposed zoning changes to create new 4-storey zones may go to Public Hearing at Vancouver City Council later in the spring or during the summer.

A presentation and analysis of the City’s proposed new 4-storey zones will be followed by open discussion, questions and answers. Additional guests will include Elizabeth Murphy and a former City of Vancouver planner. Joseph and Jeanette Jones will speak about the experience in the Norquay area in East Vancouver (around Kingsway and Nanaimo) following the City’s upzoning and creation of new zones in 2013 and 2016 in that neighbourhood (further documented on the Eye on Norquay blog). Continue reading

Park Board to create city-wide advisory committee to revisit VanSplash Aquatics Strategy, a 25-year plan

pexels-photo-863988.jpegHot off the presses! Further to our post yesterday “Big update on ‘Connaught Park Mega Pool’: Kits Community group shares findings of FOI inquiry” just today the Vancouver Park Board has announced the following. For this process to be most satisfactory for the most people, and really serve the City well for decades ahead, it will be important to have a fair and diverse composition of people on the advisory committee. Official text follows below verbatim.

Park Board will create city-wide advisory committee to revisit VanSplash Aquatics Strategy, April 5, 2018

http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/park-board-will-create-city-wide-advisory-committee-to-revisit-vansplash-aquatics-strategy.aspx

The Park Board will invite an external advisory committee to assist in developing a revised version of VanSplash, the Board’s long-term aquatics strategy for Vancouver.

This decision follows an 18 month city-wide consultation which surfaced a wide variety of viewpoints on the future of our pools and beaches.

Advisory committee members
The advisory committee will represent residents from across the city and include stakeholders from key aquatic areas including recreation, skill development, fitness, sport, and therapy.

An external facilitator, who has not thus far been involved in the project, will assist the Park Board in identifying priorities and refining the VanSplash Strategy. Continue reading

Big update on ‘Connaught Park Mega Pool’: Kits Community group shares findings of FOI inquiry

pexels-photo-261185.jpegLast year the Vancouver Park Board completed its VanSplash consultation and long-term plan for aquatics in this city. There were some specifics and a lot of generalities in the report. Once word came out that the VanSplash propal included plans to turn the current Vancouver Aquatic Centre in the West End into a smaller local spa pool, and to build a major new “destination” pool and complex at Connaught Park in Kitsilano, Rebecca Lockhart and her team at the “Kits Community” group went into high gear to find out more and get the public more involved.

As they were finding that a lot of the information was not being made available to the public, the Kits Community group did an FOI request and obtained the architectural “test fit” plans for a potential 160,000 square foot, two-story mega pool facility with pay parking at Connaught Park. The complete report from the consultant is dated July 2017. Why did the City and Park Board withhold this information from the public? Why has there been no real public consultation on this? Clearly, the plans for this pool were much further along than officials indicated to the public.

Some people across the City, outside the neighbourhood might want to see another Hillcrest-type of destination pool built, though even that one has its supporters and detractors. And what about the wishes of local community? How can consultation be done fairly and in good faith, respecting all views?

Read the summary (http://www.kitscommunity.com/2018/03/19/the-megapool-plan/) and check out the details of the test fit plans (FOI response documents – http://www.kitscommunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Kits-Megaplex-and-Pool-Test-Fit-blank.pdf). Extensive background and resources on the updated Kits Community website (http://www.kitscommunity.com).

The group also has a petition, here.

https://www.change.org/p/vancouver-park-board-commissioners-no-destination-pool-at-connaught-park-without-community-approval

April 2018 events for public input on City affairs – Vancouver

City HallSelected events listed below as of April 4, 2018. To be updated. Open houses on rezoning applications, City council and Public Hearing, Urban Design Panel, Development Permit Board, and more.

The Creek – Building 5 Info Session
April 4, 2018 (Wednesday) at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Creekside Community Recreation Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1, Canada

Little Mountain Temporary Modular Housing – Open House
April 5, 2018 (Thursday) at 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Immanuel Baptist Church, 109 East 40th Ave, Vancouver

708-796 Renfrew Street Open House
April 5, 2018 (Thursday) at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hastings Community Centre, 3096 E Hastings Street
http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/708renfrew/index.htm

2601 East Hastings Street – Open House
April 10, 2018 at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hastings Community Centre, 3096 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K 2A3, Canada
http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/2601ehastings/index.htm

Rezoning Application – 2542-2570 Garden Drive &
2309-2369 East 10th Avenue
Open house Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 5-7pm at the Croatian Cultural Centre, at 3250 Commercial Drive
http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/2542garden/index.htm

Rezoning Application – 815-825 Commercial Drive and 1680 Adanac Street – Open House
Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 5-7 pm at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, at 1607 East Hastings Street
http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/825commercial/index.htm

Rezoning Application – 815-825 Commercial Drive & 1680 Adanac Street
5:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Shaughnessy Heights United Church, 1550 West 33rd Avenue
http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/825commercial/index.htm

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Deadline for input on Granville Island Transportation Study. 8-April-2018 (Sun)

https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/granville-island-transportation-strategy-input-deadline/

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City of Vancouver Development Applications snapshot, 1-Apr-2018

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As a free public service CityHallWatch takes a monthly snapshot of the Development Applications listed on the City of Vancouver website.

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/

Anyone interested in these projects is also encouraged to periodically check the Urban Design Panel (UDP) and Development Permit Board (DPB) schedules, as many projects appear before them as part of the approval pipeline. Check often, as sometimes their agendas appear publicly online as little as one hour before the meeting.

For reference, download the full list of development applications we saved on this date:
CoV Vancouver development applications snapshot 1-Apr-2018

Consider writing Mayor and Council asking them to make Development Applications archives available online. The City website provides a list of archived Rezoning Applications (here), so why not full information on past Development Applications too?

For current (at time of viewing) full list of applications online, click: vancouver.ca/devapps/.

Below is the list as of April 1, 2018

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