GWAC outlined many of the shortcomings and issues with the City's proposed zoning changes in the following letter to Council: http://www.gwac.ca/news/gwac-letter-to-council-on-proposed-rt5-rt6-zone-amendments
Reproduced below is a portion of the City's notification letter:
This notice contains information about the upcoming public hearing on amendments to the Zoning and Development Bylaw (September 19), as well as two engagement events (September 12 and 14) where you can learn more about the proposed changes.
Both concern changes to RS and RT zoning in portions of Grandview-Woodland that would increase opportunities for housing choice and improve incentives for the retention of character homes.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGTuesday, September 19, 2017, at 6 pm
City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue
Third Floor, Council Chamber
Increasing Housing Choice and Character Retention Incentives in the Mount Pleasant and Grandview-Woodland Communities – Proposed Amendments to the Zoning and Development By-law
To amend the Zoning and Development By-law to increase opportunities for housing choice and provide additional incentives for the retention of character houses. If approved, the proposed changes would amend the RT-5, RT-5A, RT-5N and RT-5AN Districts Schedule; rezone certain areas from RT-4, RT-4N, RT-5A, RT-5AN, RS-1, RS-4 and RS-7, all to RT-5/5N; and amend the RT-6 District Schedule.
For more information on this application:Anyone who considers themselves affected by the proposed by-law amendments may speak at the Public Hearing. Please register individually before 5 pm, September 19, 2017, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 604-829-4238. You may also register in person at the door between 5:30 and 6 pm on the day of the Public Hearing.
You may submit your comments by email to email@example.com, or by mail to: City of Vancouver, City Clerk's Office, 453 West 12th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4. All submitted comments will be distributed to Council and posted on the City's website. Please visit vancouver.ca/publichearings for important details.
Copies of the draft by-laws will be available for viewing starting September 8, 2017 at the City Clerk's Department in City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. All meetings of Council are webcast live at vancouver.ca/councilvideo, and minutes of Public Hearings are available at vancouver.ca/councilmeetings. (Minutes are posted approximately two business days after a meeting.)
For more information on public hearings, including registering to speak:
ADDITIONAL ENGAGEMENT EVENTSIn advance of the public hearing on amendments to the Zoning and Development Bylaw, there are two opportunities for residents of Mount Pleasant and Grandview-Woodland to learn more about these proposed zoning changes and ask general or site-specific questions:
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Come to an information meeting on the proposed new regulations and guidelines. City staff will be on hand to answer general questions on the proposed amendments to the Zoning and Development Bylaw. The event will be an open format, with residents welcome to attend between 5 and 8 pm.
- Time and location: Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive – Rooms B and C). 5:00pm to 8:00 pm.
- Time and location: 515 W 10th Avenue – City of Vancouver Development and Building Services Centre. 5:00pm to 8:00pm