Residents in support of neighbourhood and outdoor pools plan rally June 10 in front of City Hall

Notice received:

Rally outside Vancouver City Hall
in support of neighbourhood and outdoor pools
June 10, 2019 (Monday)
5:15 to 6 pm

Despite over 5000 combined signatures collected by the Templeton and Lord Byng Community to keep the Neighbourhood Pools open,  VanSplash in their  November, 2017, the final draft strategy, Park Board staff recommended “Moving away from a predominantly neighbourhood scale pool system and deliver a greater diversity of swimming experiences at larger community and destination scale facilities.”

https://vancouver.ca/images/web/draft-vansplash-final-strategy-report.pdf – p56

Templeton and Lord Byng residents would like to see more neighbourhood scale pools being built, upgraded and renovated.  The ability to walk or bike to a local pool supports the City’s Climate Emergency Plan to move away from motorized transportation thus reducing  carbon emissions.

Residents from the Templeton and Lord Byng communities support the Park Board Commissioner’s amendments

  • to develop an upgrade and renovation plan, extending operational life-span for neighbourhood pools not undergoing renewal as part of this strategy, to increase sustainability and operational efficiency including consideration of implementing green technologies
  • to support a balanced delivery model that includes neighbourhood scale pools as well as larger community and destination scale facilities to deliver a greater diversity of aquatic experiences.

SOURCE: https://parkboardmeetings.vancouver.ca/2018/20180129/DECISION-VanSplash-VancouverAquaticsStrategy-20180129.pdf

They will be holding a rally outside of City Hall Monday, June 10th, 2019, from 5:15 – 6:00 in support of this recommendation and broader community support is welcomed.

Mt Pleasant cc pool credit mpcc

Mount Pleasant outdoor pool

Supporters of a new outdoor replacement pool in Mount Pleasant will also join them. [The rally is also in support of outdoor pools, including the long overdue promise to replace Mount Pleasant Outdoor swimming pool.]

 

Due to community push back of the proposed closures of community pools, an advisory group was established to provide insights and advice to Park Board staff. Based in part on the advisory group’s input, Park Board staff will revise the VanSplash strategy and bring it to the Board in the fall of  2019 for decision. The final decision-makers are the Park Board Commissioners.  The VanSplash Advisory Group is meeting June 10th and 12th to decide on their recommendations  to the Park Board.

Your opinion is welcome and encouraged.  The VanSplash staff will update the strategy to present to the Park Board Commissioners by fall, 2019.  Please send in your comments before this time.

VanSplash Advisory Committee; vansplash@vancouver.ca

Park Board Commissioners –  PBcommissioners@vancouver.ca

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Development applications snapshot 1-Jun-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 separate monthly snapshot of the Rezoning Applications and Development Applications listed on the City of Vancouver website. The rezoning list contains valuable information on each application, and indicates scheduled “open houses” and Public Hearings. The development list shows applications currently in progress as well as upcoming Development Permit Board meetings. 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 1-Jun-2019

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Rezoning applications snapshot 1-Jun-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 rezoning applications we created in PDF format:
CoV rezoning applications 1-Jun-2019

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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/
Download the full list of development applications we created in PDF format:
CoV development applications snapshot 1-May-2019
For a current list of applications, click: vancouver.ca/devapps/
Below is the list as of 1-May-2019.

Continue reading

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

For a current list of applications, click: vancouver.ca/devapps/.

Below is the list as of 1-May-2019 Continue reading

Public Realm Improvements needed at 12th and Kingsway – Dangerous intersection, stark streetscape

Safety issues with the intersection of 12th and Kingsway were clearly summarized a few years ago. Simple changes can prevent further serious accidents at this intersection.

Residents Association Mount Pleasant Vancouver

No south crosswalk at dangerous intersection at 12th and Kingsway

A key area of public safety concern has been overlooked by the City of Vancouver in planning the Biltmore social housing units. There’s an urgent need to improve safety and the public realm around the facility. The topic of the public realm was not mentioned even once during at the first City-sponsored meeting about the Biltmore on January 8, 2014. Public realm issues appear to have been missed entirely in planning for the facility.

Public Realm Improvements at Kingsway and 12th are very much needed. Now. Before the Biltmore social housing facility opens. Here’s why.

South Crosswalk closedThe intersection of Kingsway and 12th Avenue is very dangerous and has a high-volume of traffic on both roads. At present, there’s no pedestrian crosswalk on the south end of the intersection. The entire intersection has been optimized for automobiles and traffic flow. Pedestrians who wish to cross Kingsway are directed to use the north…

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