WEN News (Oct 19, 2012) – West End Plan, citywide forum, Comox-Helmcken Greenway, Events

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Preserving the West End’s quality of life, distinct and diverse character, and heritage.

October 19, 2012

It’s great to see so many people interested in the future of their community. Please read on for the current news.

As the City moves further into the community planning process for the West End, it will be increasingly important for us all to be involved.

WEN is 100% volunteer run, but we appreciate donations to cover expenses (meeting costs, printing, etc.). We are paying special attention to the community planning process. Stay tuned for future news about organizational plans.

West End Neighbours

West End Plan, Phase 1, Open Houses in October
The City of Vancouver is engaged in community planning processes in four neighbourhoods in 2012-2013, including the West End. Phase 1 (preliminary work) has been completed and Phase 2 (developing policy) is about to begin. The City will hold three Open Houses to display outcomes so far for our neighbourhood.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Sands Hotel, 1755 Davie St
Capilano Room, 4 to 7 pm
Saturday, October 27, 2012
West End Community Centre, 870 Denman St
English Bay Room, 11 am to 2 pm
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Blue Horizon Hotel, 1225 Robson St
Garibaldi Room, 4 to 7 pm
We encourage residents to visit the Open Houses and provide your feedback to City staff. Do the conclusions of Phase I represent the input you provided and your vision for the West End? We also welcome your comments to info@westendneighbours.ca. We’d like to hear what you think about the process, and perhaps compile the input into a report from the citizen’s perspective.
Official city website: www.vancouver.ca/westendplan
West End Community Profile now online
Part of the West End Plan process, the City’s profile for the West End has recently been updated and finalized to include a comprehensive range of information and data regarding demographics, housing, character, heritage, transportation and local economy. 2011 census data have been included where available.
Visit the West End Community Plan website (vancouver.ca/westendplan) under “Documents,” and look for “About the West End.”
CityHallWatch “The Future of Vancouver” Community Issues Forum
 Saturday, October 20, 2012, 3-5 pm
St. Patrick Parish Hall, 2881 Main Street (between 12th & 13th Avenue, Main Street Bus #3 or free parking lot off 13th)This meeting will be a rare opportunity for neighbourhoods of the city to get together, hear presentations about how city-wide and regional planning is affecting the community planning process, plus analysis of the recent “interim rezoning policy” adopted by City Council based on the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability (including how it affects the West End).

The meeting will also hear what’s going on in several neighbourhoods (Norquay, Marpole, Grandview-Woodland, West End, Downtown Eastside, Cambie Corridor, Shaugnessy, Kitsilano). Discussion will look at alternative options for planning principles and process, and there will be an open microphone session.


Upcoming Heritage Vancouver event
Conversation: Preserving the West End’s Heritage While Increasing Density
Tuesday, October 23, 2012; 7pm to 9pm
Location: Arts & Culture Alliance #100-938 Howe St.http://hvs-caes-westend.eventbrite.ca/

We note that this event is sold out, but we hope to report later how the event went. It is a Heritage Vancouver “evening of conversation about the future of the West End’s Heritage.” Guests, City of Vancouver Councillor, Adriane Carr, Director of SFU’s Gordon Price, and City Planner for the West End Plan Holly Sovdi will present ideas about what we could do to preserve the West End’s heritage buildings and maintain the heritage character of the West End. This past year when the City gave the owner of the historic Legg Residence at 1241 Harwood Street permission to demolish one of the West End’s remaining 19th century mansions,the community wondered if any heritage building in the West End was safe from the wrecking ball.

Comox-Helmcken Greenway Update
Earlier in October the City held four open houses to show designs for this proposed greenway through the West End. No budget has been decided yet. City Council is likely to hear the final staff recommendation in November, but staff are still accepting comments.
Visit: http://vancouver.ca/streets-transportation/comox-helmcken.aspx for more information.WEN page on this topic:
A New Community Garden or Orchard in the West End?
Community gardens are recognized as important neighbourhood gathering places that promote neighbourhood livability, urban greening, community building, crime reduction, exercise and food production. Community gardens are powerful tools to achieve multiple social, environmental and economic benefits.
The City of Vancouver is asking residents to send in expressions of interest to create new community garden and orchard sites. Sites for community gardens could be vacant land at the end of a block, land parallel to streets, areas of parks, etc. The list of sites will help prioritize community garden support for 2013. Deadline October 31.www.vancouver.ca/communitygardens
City of Vancouver Seniors Dialogues
Gordon Neighbourhood House 1019 Broughton Street
Monday, October 29, 2012
1:45 to 4:15 pmDo you have thoughts about how the City of Vancouver can prepare for a growing population of seniors and older adults? Contact: David at dkyobe@sparc.bc.ca or 604-718-7740.
Cardero Street Mural
September 23, 2012. In partnership with the West End Community Plan team and VIVA Vancouver, a local West End artist/resident brought together a group of interested volunteer artists and local residents to design and paint an on-street mural on Cardero Street, between Comox and Nelson. The painting session was open to anyone who wanted to join in, and it was a great success. The program brought together a diversity of participants, and the colourful mural artwork was greatly appreciated by passersby


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  13,000 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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