Community Modelling Workshop Opportunity

It is anticipated that policy development work on the West End Community Plan – the “nuts and bolts” of the plan – will begin in the next months. This process may move quite quickly, and it is important that as many West Enders as possible participate in the work toward a new plan for the neighbourhood. The format and wording of the plan policies will form the basis for future land use regulation in the neighbourhood and will be used to evaluate future development proposals.

We know that development is coming – the challenge for the neighbourhood is to consider how they would like to see this development accommodated. Is it in bulky towers like the one approved for 1401 Comox Street? Slim mid-rise towers like those built in the 1960’s? Or shorter “fatter” buildings like those at the Olympic Village? Many people have difficulty visualizing the outcomes of these options. To assist in visualizing these options, West End Neighbours is very pleased to be able to participate in a community modelling exercise led by McGill University Graduate Student Korbin daSilva. Residents who participate in a modelling workshop over the next several weeks will be in a much better position to provide input to the community planning process and the land use policies that will be part of the community plan.

Information on the workshops is below and additional information is available at www.communitymodelling.com

Details of scheduling and location of the workshops will be finalized once the level of interest has been established. Please indicate your interest by sending an email to: info@westendneighbours.com

Or indicate your interest by contacting Korbin daSilva directly through the Community Modelling website (ensure you indicate your interest is for a West End workshop, as other neighbourhoods are also participating).

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Community Modelling Sustainable Neighbourhoods – www.communitymodelling.com

  • Learn about and discuss sustainable neighbourhood design principles.
  • Experiment with different housing types (row/town housing, terraced, apartments, condos, single family detached etc.) while building a neighbourhood model with your fellow community members.
  • Vancouver and the Lower Mainland is under increasing pressure to build more sustainable developments and increase density.
  • Be equipped as a community member by knowing the different ways in which sustainable design can be manifested. Density for example can be expressed in many different ways.
  • See the visual impact of different interventions on the urban form while you build your model.
  • This knowledge is an asset when engaging with the city and developers.
  • Help contribute to research on how to improve community engagement in urban design and development.
  • This research is conducted through the McGill University Department of Geography in association with the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC.

Go to www.communitymodelling.com for lots more details and to sign up!

Korbin daSilva
M.Sc. Candidate – Geography – McGill University
B.A. Honours – Urban Systems – McGill University

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