WEN News (June 9, 2012): Speak at 1401 Comox public hearing June 11 (Mon), rally, Town Hall results

June 9, 2012


This is a quick update and call for action. Thank you to all who attended the West End Town Hall 2012 meeting on June 4. Next up is the Public Hearing on June 11.

This is your last chance to tell Vancouver City Council what you think about the 1401 Comox tower rezoning.

West End Neighbours

Public Hearing for rezoning 1401 Comox to build a 22-storey tower


Date: Monday, June 11, 2012

Time: Commencing 6 pm

Place: Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue

This rezoning is for a 22-storey tower proposed at 1401 Comox Street (formerly St. John’s United Church) for market-priced rentals under the now-defunct STIR program, increasing the density to 7.19 FSR (from 1.5 FSR).

  1. sign up to come to City Hall and speak to Council by calling 311 or e-mailing publichearing@vancouver.ca (ask for your speaker number), or
  2. write your opinion to mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca

The number of people who speak in person to Council is very important, even if you speak briefly. State clearly whether you oppose or support, then your reasons. Information on is available at WestEndNeighbours, and from the City planning department.

Should Council adjourn on June 11th before hearing from all speakers present, the Public Hearing will continue another evening, possibly June 13.

Bottom line: The Mayor had this proposal put on hold due to strong local opposition, but it is now going to Public Hearing virtually unchanged since the original submission in 2009.  No compelling justification for the large proposed density increase above the current zoning has been provided.

Rally at City Hall, 5:15 pm, Monday, June 11
CityHallWatch is calling a citywide rally as follows, before the Public Hearing on 1401 Comox rezoning.What: Rally “Mayor Gregor, Get Developer Money Out of Vancouver Politics, Give Neighbourhoods More Respect”
Where: South steps of Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th Ave.)
When: Monday, June 11, 2012
Gather 5:15 pm, start 5:25, end at 5:50, then go in to Chambers for Public Hearing on 1401 Comox St. rezoning (6 pm start)
Who: Neighbourhood groups and individuals from citywide
Convener: CityHallwatch.ca and allied groupsMore information: CityHallwatch.ca

West End Town Hall 2012 – Result
West End Town Hall 2012 was held at the Coast Plaza Hotel Ballroom on Monday, June 4, 2012. Approximately 150 people attended, heard presentations, and adopted two resolutions — one against the 1401 Comox rezoning, and one about affordable housing and rentals. Visit WestEndNeighbours for details. Video clips of the meeting will also be posted online.

CBC Radio – Morning Edition, 6:10 am Monday, June 11
Listen to CBC radio on Monday morning for a ten-minute live interview on The Early Edition with Rick Cluff, with guests Christine Ackermann of West End Residents Association, and Randy Helten of West End Neighbours. The topic will be the 1401 Comox rezoning proposal.

Volunteers Needed
If you feel passionate about your community, or even if you just like it — and if you have some skills and time you’d like to offer — please send us a message to info@westendneighbours.ca


Who are West End Neighbours?  A group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the quality of life of our neighbours and the unique and distinctive character and heritage of our neighbourhood. Our inspiration and support comes from people in the community, especially the  more than 12,000 who have signed our petition, including renters, owners and business people from all walks of life and all ages: working people, young families, seniors, children and youth, etc.

  The West End is currently facing spot rezoning applications for buildings with major departures from height, floor space, and design permitted under current zoning and the existing community plan. They will have a major long-term impact on our neighbourhood, and the City is failing to look at the big picture of the West End’s residents’ needs. We need to challenge these rezoning applications and ask what we envision for our community into the future.

  You are receiving this e-mail because you provided your e-mail address to one of our activities or petitions. Thank you for your interest.

 More news to come soon!  Thank you, neighbour!

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