The City of Vancouver is hosting an Open House regarding a 10-storey rezoning proposal on East 11th Avenue and Victoria Drive.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 5 - 7:30pm
Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive
The City of Vancouver website includes additional details on the proposal.
The City of Vancouver is hosting 3 public open houses on the proposed Millennium Line Broadway Extension. These will be held on June 24, 27 and 28th:
June 24 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Crossroads Building, 511 West Broadway (at Cambie)
June 27 2017, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Crossroads Building, 511 West Broadway (at Cambie)
June 28 2017, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Crossroads Building, 511 West Broadway (at Cambie)
Further details are available on the City of Vancouver website:
This coming Monday, June 5th at 7PM, join GWAC for:
Uniting Renters in Vancouver and Grandview Woodland
The Grandview-Woodland Renters Action Group and the Vancouver Tenants Union will be co-presenting at our forum on uniting renters in Vancouver and Grandview-Woodland.
A discussion will follow the presentation.
Please come to share your stories and ideas.
Location: Learning Resource Centre, under the Library, at the Britannia Community Centre
The City of Vancouver is exploring an option to relocate a future plaza shown in the Grandview-Woodland Plan from the Safeway site at 1780 East Broadway to another unspecified location. A public meeting will be held by the City on June 8th where they will provide further details. The original concept renderings of what was originally envisioned for the site are reproduced below:
The full notice from the City of Vancouver is reproduced below:
The City of Vancouver has been approached by a development team (developer, architect, and property owner) about a potential redevelopment of the Safeway site located at 1780 East Broadway, at Commercial Drive. The Grandview-Woodland Community Plan provides guidance about how this site should redevelop and sets a requirement to provide a new at- grade public plaza on the site (see section 6.7.1, page 112-113 of the updated version online here).
The development team is proposing that the plaza be located at an alternative location nearby. While this is variation from the approved Community Plan, the City wants to work with the community to give this new idea its due consideration.
To introduce and explore the idea of an alternative plaza location, the City is hosting an event. The primary purpose of the event is to assess the degree of community support for the new plaza idea.
Event details are as follows:
The proposed workshop will take place:
DATE: Thursday, June 8, 2017
TIME: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
LOCATION: Croatian Cultural Centre
The event is free, but limited to the first 100 registrants; advance registration is required (see below).
Community feedback will be used to inform next steps in the process, as the City considers the rezoning enquiry. Please note that if this enquiry proceeds to a rezoning application there will be further opportunities for community consultation on all aspects of the application.
Register for the event
There are two ways to register for the workshop
Britannia Community Services, GWAC, the Kettle Society, REACH, the Aboriginal Friendship Society, ALIVE, and Vancouver Public Library invite you to join your neighbours for a light dinner and opportunity to speak with your candidates in a World Cafe setting. There are two ridings representing our neighbourhood. Seating will be sorted by riding to allow maximum conversation time with your candidates. There will be a moderator at each table to ensure all attendees have equal opportunity to ask questions on issues they consider important.
Monday, May 1, 2017
Britannia Community Services Centre, Gym B
"World Cafe style"
6:30-7:00: meal and socializing (vegetarian soup)
7:00-7:45: prepared statements from each candidate
7:45-9:00: informal conversations with candidates at each table Candidates will be from Vancouver-Mount Pleasant and Vancouver-Hastings.
Voter registration information provided by Samara.
Provincial election day: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Advance polls: Sat-Sun, Apr 29-30, Wed-Sat, May 3-6 (full list of advance polling stations here)
Presentation: Learning & Community Growth with Åsa Kachan, Chief Librarian and CEO Halifax Public Library
For our April 3rd meeting, the Board agreed to invite our membership to attend the Britannia Community Centre meeting on Reconcilliation and Renewal with Yvonne Rigsby-Jones, 6-8pm, Gym D. Community meal at 6pm, Talk and discussions at 7pm.
Novelist and short story writer Caroline Adderson will be a special guest at the GWAC Annual General Meeting. Adderson is a contributor to the popular book Vancouver Vanishes: Narratives of Demolition and Revival.
Old houses have stories to tell. They are repositories of narratives. Adderson will examine questions such as: How does an old house become a repository of narrative?
Annual General Meeting
Sunday, March 5, 2017 @ 2 pm
Canucks Family Education Centre,
1655 William Street, Britannia Community Centre
above Family Place, bordering Grandview Park
Approval of Minutes from 2016 AGM
Election of Directors for 2016-17
Guest Speaker: Caroline Adderson, Vancouver Vanishes
We encourage all residents to consider standing for election to the Council. If you care about your neighbourhood and your neighbours and would like to both see their concerns addressed and to present new ideas and initiatives to them, this is your opportunity to do so. Please consider putting your name forward at the AGM.
Care about Grandview Woodland; Get involved!
Come see Grandview's new Immigrant Welcome Centre!
Monday, February 6, 2017 @ 7:00pm
ISS of BC Welcome Centre
2610 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4L2
Lisa Bautista, manager of the Immigrant Service Society's BC Welcome Centre invites neighbourhood residents for a tour of the facility. She will give a presentation describing the services and programs and provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions.
We hope to also hear from new immigrants who have settled in our community.
There has also been a request to discuss Refuge & Sanctuary Cities, immigration & Border Issues.
The City of Vancouver will be hosting two Open Houses on improvements to the Union-Adanac Corridor. Of particular interest to Grandview-Woodland residents is the event scheduled for January 21 (11am-3pm) at the Wise Hall (1882 Adanac Street). For reference, the full text of the City's invitation is reproduced below:
We want to hear from you!
The City of Vancouver is planning improvements along the Union-Adanac Corridor to make it safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to walk and cycle. Changes are being considered at key locations between Gore Avenue and Kamloops Street.
Join us at an open house to learn about the recommended designs and provide feedback.
City staff will be available to answer questions and discuss the project.
Saturday, January 21, 11 am – 3 pm
Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street
Monday, January 23, 4 – 7:30 pm
Strathcona Community Centre, 601 Keefer Street
A Cantonese and Mandarin speaking interpreter will be available at this session.
View display boards and complete a feedback form online at: vancouver.ca/union-adanac.
For More Information
Phone 3-1-1 TTY 7-1-1
First meeting of the new year!
GWAC invites you to the Monday January 9, 2017, 7pm - 9pm
in the Learning Resource Centre, beneath the Library, at Britannia Community Centre
Commercial Drive's Future:
The BIA (Business Improvement Association) will present their vision for the future of Commercial Drive, its retail environment, pedestrian & transit access, and more. Come and hear speakers expand on this vision developed in 2013, and how it now fits with the Community Plan as approved by the City of Vancouver in 2016.
Last meeting of the year!
False Creek Flats Proposal:
Cory Dobson, False Creek Planning, City of Vancouver, will present the Draft Plan Directions. These have been developed on public input, stakeholder meetings, open houses and internal research and analysis. At this meeting he will walk us through the proposed directions outlined in the draft plan and provide an opportunity for your feedback.
Of particular concern to Grandview Woodland will be transportation corridor planning given the proposal to remove the viaducts and close Prior/Venables Streets.
Adanac / Union Bike Route Consultation: The Transportation Planning Branch | City of Vancouver wants to hear from residents about what is and isn't working along this bike route. The City of Vancouver is planning a series of spot improvements along the Union-Adanac Corridor between Gore Avenue and Kamloops Street to make it safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to walk and cycle.
Public consultation on both initiatives is planned for January 2017,
so this is a chance for local residents to inform that consultation.
December 5th, 7-9pm
Learning Resource Centre,beneath the Library
Britannia Community Centre
Reproduced below is a notice from the City concerning upgrades for the 10th Avenue Corridor. Of particular interest is the Open House at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive) on Tuesday, November 29th (4-7pm). There's also an option to email the City with comments until December 12, 2016.
The City of Vancouver is improving the 10th Avenue Corridor to better accommodate people of all ages and abilities who walk, cycle, and drive. Over the past year, the City has built on public and stakeholder feedback to develop a recommended design for the Health Precinct between Oak and Cambie Streets and will present their findings at the South Granville Seniors Centre on December 1st at 12:30 – 1:30 PM. For more information about the upcoming open houses and the potential designs for the two other segments along the corridor, please see the information below.
We want to hear from you!
Over the last year, we have built on public and stakeholder feedback to develop a recommended design for the Health Precinct between Oak and Cambie Streets, and to advance potential designs for segments from Quebec Street to Guelph Street and from Commercial Drive to Victoria Drive.
Public Open Houses
Join us at a public open house to review recommended designs as part of our third phase of consultation. Meetings will be drop-in open house format. City staff will be available to discuss the project, answer questions, and gather your feedback.
Saturday, November 26, 2016, 11 AM – 3 PM
Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, 818 W 10th Avenue
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 4 PM – 7 PM
Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive
View display materials and complete a feedback form online at vancouver.ca/10th-avenue or click on the links below. The online feedback form will be available November 22nd.
· Welcome, Supporting Policy, Why 10th Ave?, 3 Segments
· Health Precinct: Introduction
· Health Precinct: Recommended Design
· Quebec St to Guelph St, Proposed Design
· Commercial Dr to Victoria Dr, Proposed Design
· Timeline, Future improvements, Next steps
Please submit your comments by December 12, 2016. Email: 10th Avenue Corridor Project Team
Reconciliation in Action: Towards Building Healthy Communities
GWAC invites you to the November 7th meeting, from 7-9pm
in the Learning Resource Centre, beneath the Library, at Britannia Community Centre
A Collective Impact Place-Based Strategy
by Our Place & Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement (ALIVE) Society
Our Place is a collaboration of residents, community organizations, local businesses & community leaders in Vancouver. Their/our vision is for the East Side to be a place where all children and families can thrive.
Success in life depends on a good start and research shows that children who start behind, stay behind. Our Place is committed to ensuring that Urban Indigenous Children will succeed in school & in life.
More than any single influence on a child or community, it is the confluence of all the enabling forces that truly fosters healthier kids & serves as a catalyst for positive community empowerment.
Come to learn more about the program and how GW residents can partner and support this program.
For more information:
Come meet Scott Clark, newest GWAC Board member
GWAC invites you to a meeting on Monday, September 12th at Britannia's Library Resource Centre (7-9pm) to share your thoughts and discuss the Park Board's new Dog Strategy. (a poster for the event is available in PDF form)
Details on the "People, Parks and Dogs" strategy are available on the Park Board website.
The first Open House for the Dog Strategy is scheduled for Tuesday Sept 13th. Park Board has also posted PDF files of a discussion guide and the Open House panels. There is also an opportunity to provide the Board with written feedback until October 14, 2016 and to take an online survey.
A Facebook Page for Dog Lovers of Trout Lake includes a number of points to consider for the consultation process.
The following links are articles that were in response to the draft Master Plan for Trout Lake in 2014; Park Board did not go ahead with the proposed changes:
1. Presenters are welcome to speak to council at designated times (Wed, July 27th is the time for the draft Grandview-Woodland Community Plan).
2. Presenters must register if they wish to have their name put on a speakers’ list.
3. You can register by contacting: http://vancouver.ca/your-government/city-council-meetings-and-decisions.aspx or by calling 311 and asking for the City Clerk’s office and specifying which meeting you wish to present to.
The email address for the City Clerk is email@example.com
The meeting agenda can be found at: http://council.vancouver.ca/20160727/pspc20160727ag.htm
DATE: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 TIME: 9:30 am PLACE: Council Chamber Third Floor, City Hall (453 W 12th Ave) Staff report: link available here
Note: No requests are usually taken after the Council Committee meeting starts.
In your request provide:
4. Speakers have up to five minutes to present their remarks.
5. Presenters can speak with or without notes. They can also bring a power point presentation if they wish. Bring it on a USB key.
If you are not used to public speaking, notes are advisable.
GWAC Media Advisory FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 19, 2016
GRANDVIEW WOODLAND AREA COUNCIL DOES NOT ENDORSE THE DRAFT GRANDVIEW- WOODLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
VANCOUVER On July 11th, 2016, residents of Grandview Woodland met to discuss their reactions to the draft Grandview-Woodland Neighbourhood Plan released by the City of Vancouver planning department on June 25th, 2016. Residents expressed fear, frustration, and anger at both the planning process and the Draft Plan itself. Based on feedback from residents, GWAC has released a statement detailing our concerns and the remedies we expect City of Vancouver planners and councilors to take.
“Among the top concerns of residents” said GWAC President Dorothy Barkley, “is having only one summer month to read, digest, and respond to a 250-page document.” Both the Citizens’ Assembly and the planners had almost a year to think about the plan for the neighbourhood. Residents need at least a few months. “GWAC is calling on the City to delay the decision on the Draft Plan to at least November 2016 and to provide a clear mechanism by which resident feedback will be incorporated into the plan.”
At the meeting, renters were particularly fearful of losing both their homes and their communities as a result of demolitions leading to new buildings that will rent at 50% to 100% higher rates than current neighbourhood averages. Residents of the Station Precinct sub-area noted that building heights go beyond resident recommendations and will exacerbate traffic congestion around the local elementary school. Throughout the neighbourhood, residents were outraged that no new park space will be added to this park deficient neighbourhood although the plan will add 9500 new residents. Finally, as one resident noted, much of the Station Precinct, Britannia Woodland, and Cedar Cove areas are open to developer-City negotiation for additional heights, densities, and amenities, a process that privileges profits and amenity contributions over accountability to the neighbourhood.
The city's Coriolis report confirmed , "The City has sufficient capacity in existing zoning and approved community plans to accommodate over 20 years of supply at the recent pace of residential development." GWAC questions whether the amount of increased density and height is necessary given that there is already enough capacity city-wide to meet projected population growth and it would put existing more affordable housing and neighbourhood character at risk here in Grandview.
“Based on these concerns, GWAC cannot endorse the Draft Plan” said Barkley. “Instead, we have 5 recommendations for planners and Council.”
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Dorothy Barkley, Chair Grandview Woodland Area Council (GWAC)
Jim Fraser, Director Grandview Woodland Area Council (GWAC)
July 18, 2016
Neighbourhood Response to the Draft Grandview-Woodland Plan
On July 11th, the Grandview Woodland Area Council (GWAC) hosted a public meeting to review the Draft Grandview-Woodland Community Plan (Draft Plan). While we are pleased that the City of Vancouver continues to refine planning concepts for the neighbourhood to reflect resident concerns, GWAC cannot endorse the Draft Plan. From the feedback we heard from residents on July 11th, GWAC has five overarching concerns.
Our top concern is the rushed timeframe for approval. The timeline for reviewing the plan and presenting it to Council is absolutely inadequate. The Draft Plan was released on June 25, 2016 and is set to go to Council on July 26, 2016. At over 250 pages with multiple sub-areas and policies to consider, one summer month is not adequate to read, digest, discuss, understand, and respond to the plan in its entirety. While proponents of the Draft Plan may argue that there has been enough time spent already, they should remember that it was a rushed plan in 2013 that led to vociferous community opposition. Since that time, both the Citizens’ Assembly and the planning staff of the City of Vancouver have each had almost one year to consider planning decisions in the neighbourhood. By contrast, residents are now being asked to do the same work in a month. Delay the vote until at least November 2016 and create a clear mechanism by which feedback can be incorporated into the Draft Plan before it is presented to Council. This will enable the neighbourhood to respond as well as grow trust between the neighbourhood and the City of Vancouver planning process.
Our second concern is the potential for demolition of the neighbourhood’s most affordable housing, resulting in displacement of renters and the community itself. Repeatedly at our July 11th meeting, families, including single parents, and seniors expressed fear at the prospect of being displaced from their current rental housing. They fear loss of their homes and we all fear loss of our community when renters are unable to find other housing in the neighbourhood within their means. Applying Rental 100 rent rates, which are 50% to 100% more expensive than current neighbourhood averages, will not only price individuals out of particular buildings, but will lead to rise in rent costs neighbourhood-wide by setting new rent floors. Further, those renting in houses that are knocked down have no protections whatsoever in terms of relocation plans and right of return. The City of Vancouver’s policies for rental replacement allow for 2-bedroom units to be replaced with 1-bedroom or studio units. These are unacceptable situations. Adding new rental stock is positive. However, renters in multi-suite houses must be protected. Six-storey heights for rental buildings are unacceptable until such time as rents are controlled and existing affordability is protected. New rental buildings must prevent displacement and therefore must not raise rent rates in the neighbourhood.
Our third concern is the lack of new park space in the Draft Plan. The Draft Plan proposes to add 9500 new residents to Grandview Woodland, a neighbourhood that is already park deficient by the City of Vancouver’s own standards. An increase in park space, proportional to growth, is a minimum requirement. Additionally, existing amenities must be protected in the Draft Plan. Currently, Templeton Pool is referred to as an “anomaly” rather than a valued neighbourhood resource. Further, the renewal of Britannia Community Services Centre (BCSC) appears to be a part of the plan, yet was voted on by the citizens of Vancouver before this Draft Plan was developed and is being directed by the BCSC Planning and Development committee and Britannia Board. The renewal of Britannia must be directed by the community of users and residents.
Our fourth concern is that the Draft Plan surpasses community concerns and even Citizens’ Assembly recommendations about building height and form. Areas of concern include the building heights along East Broadway, particularly around Laura Secord School, areas east of Victoria and north of Hastings as well as along Commercial between Adanac and Hastings. These should be 3 or 4 storeys not 6. The tower heights on the Safeway site will shadow the neighbourhood. The area just West of Grandview Park should be reduced in height to protect an important public viewpoint. Further, existing use patterns and traffic concerns, and in some cases the Citizens’ Assembly recommendations, have been ignored in the Draft Plan. Finally, the Draft Plan does not provide enough information to anticipate building form, including open space, FSR, street wall height, and the definition of infill. This information must be clarified before it is passed by Council. Community input must be respected through provision of full information and incorporation into the plan.
Our final concern is that the Draft Plan gives too much room for developer driven heights and densities that privilege amenity contributions over accountability to residents about neighbourhood change. The Draft Plan has too many “grey areas” that allow for “wiggle room” or developer-driven negotiations about height and density that bypass resident control and even the policies of the Draft Plan itself. These areas include the Commercial/Venables site, sites along Hastings, and much of the Station Precinct, Britannia Woodland, and Cedar Cove areas. The wording in the plan undermines the maximum heights shown in the plan so that in essence there is no limit, leaving the neighbourhood vulnerable to rezoning motivated by developer profit and the amenity dollars that can be gained. While we support housing options for various organizations, the Draft Plan must set firm parameters for development in all areas now and prioritize neighbourhood wellbeing over developer profits and contributions.
Our neighbourhood and homes are not commodities. We can accommodate growth without losing what we love. We expect the City of Vancouver planning process to respect our concerns and the desires we have for our neighbourhood.
Dorothy D. Barkley, Chair Grandview Woodland Area Council
Cindy Brenneis, Grandview Woodland Area Council
Kathleen Piovesan, Grandview Woodland Area Council
The Grandview-Woodland Area Council (GWAC) invites you to a public meeting on July 11 to discuss the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan, updated on June 25, 2016.
This date follows a series of City sponsored, public events regarding the updated Neighbourhood Plan. All members of the neighbourhood are encouraged to attend these events.
The purpose of the July 11th GWAC meeting is to review the updated Plan, discuss your impressions of the public consultations and define the issues critical to the success and future of the neighbourhood.
Location: Canucks Family Education Centre just off Grandview Park (1655 William St, above Eastside Family Place), 7-9 pm Monday night.
The City of Vancouver released a draft Grandview-Woodland Community Plan on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Three events have been organized by the City for public consultation on the plan.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 5 pm to 9 pm, Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 5 pm to 9 pm, Croatian Cultural Centre, Room A, 3250 Commercial Drive
Saturday, July 9, 2016, 1 pm to 5 pm, Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Gym, 1607 East Hastings
In addition, three informal 'coffee talks' are planned by City staff, for the following times:
Monday, July 11, 5 pm - 9 pm, Croatian Cultural Centre, Room A, 3250 Commercial Drive
Friday, July 15, noon - 3 pm, Aboriginal Friendship Centre, 1607 East Hastings
Monday, July 18, 11 am - 2 pm WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac Street (at Victoria Drive)
The draft plan will the topic of GWAC's monthly meeting on Monday, July 11 (7pm - 9pm) at the Canuck Family Education Centre, 2nd floor, 1655 William Street (north side of Grandview Park). All are invited to attend
Further information can be found the City of Vancouver website at http://vancouver.ca/gw/
Britannia Community Services Centre is hosting a meeting for folks to discuss actions in response to the recommended closure of Britannia Secondary School.
Wednesday, July 6 at 6:00pm
Canuck Family Education Centre
2nd floor, 1655 William Street
This is not a GWAC sponsored event, but an issue of deep interest to many in our community. Further details are available on the Facebook page of the Britannia Community Services Centre.
The City of Vancouver will release a new neighbourhood plan for Grandview-Woodland this summer or fall. The plan will likely bring even more development and pressure on rent. Join us to talk with activists from neighbourhoods that have already been through the planning process and are fighting for the rights of renters. Find out about their struggles, the pressures on Co-ops, and policies in Vancouver that affect renters. Let's talk about what we can do to make secure and stable rental homes in Grandview-Woodland.
June 6, 2016 (Monday)
7 to 9pm
Canuck Family Education Centre
1655 William Street, entrance off Grandview Park
Here are a few links to tenant resources for background information only:
After June 6th, the next two GWAC community meetings will be held on July 11th and September 12th. The themes for these upcoming meetings will be announced in the near future.