(Updated Oct 24, with link to consultation summary) The City’s official draft of the West End Community Plan went online late this afternoon, October 22, 2013. This is an important draft document, to influence development in the West End for the next 30 years. We have been unable to confirm exactly the status of public input yet. Comments on June 2013 open houses have not yet been made public. Some spaces are still available for the “Learning Sessions” hosted by the City on Oct 25, 26, and 29. See here (right side of page) for details.
- All relevant material is available at this link: http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/west-end-community-plan.aspx
- Direct link to the draft plan: http://vancouver.ca/files/cov/west-end-community-plan–draft-plan-2013-oct-22.pdf
- Laneway Housing Guidelines: http://vancouver.ca/files/cov/design-guidelines-west-end-laneway-housing-2013-oct-22.pdf
- Rezoning Policy: http://vancouver.ca/files/cov/draft-west-end-rezoning-policy-2013-oct-22.pdf
- Summary of public consultation (posted online 24-Oct-2013): http://vancouver.ca/files/cov/west-end-community-plan-consultation-phase-3-consultation-summary.pdf
We are not completely sure if residents will have any opportunity to see changes to this text before it goes to Council and are awaiting confirmation from City staff. For further news, please see our recent web posts:
- Draft of West End Community Plan to be Released Week of Oct 21 – Council Consideration in Early November (October 18, 2013)
- Packed hall discusses West End plan Aug 28 – Summary report of meeting (includes video, commentary, report of meeting, and MANY outstanding questions on the plan.
We welcome your comments and analysis of the plan and will happily compile them for the community to see.
The City of Vancouver announcement today to registered people made these points.
- The draft West End Community Plan is available on the city webpage. Hard copies of the draft plan will be available at Joe Fortes Library, West End Seniors Network and Gordon Neighbourhood House by the end of the week.
- The draft West End Design Guidelines for Infill Housing and the draft Rezoning Policy for the West End are also available on our webpage. These documents, along with the draft plan will be considered by Council and will help to implement the plan, after Council approval.
- If you haven’t already, please take a look at the map and short video available on our webpage. These provide an overview of how the plan will help address long term demand for job space, new housing opportunities, and the provision of public amenities over the next 30 years.
- If you’d like to learn more about the draft plan, the registration information for our upcoming “Learning Sessions” is available on our webpage. These sessions will provide an opportunity to learn about the plan, understand how it will help shape the future of the community, and ask questions.
- We anticipate that the draft West End Community Plan, draft West End Design Guidelines for Infill Housing, and the draft Rezoning Policy for the West End will be considered by City Council on November 20, 2013. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more details.
- We understand no public hearing is needed for City Council to adopt the West End Community Plan. A Public Hearing is only required for adoption of the subsequent zoning bylaw changes (an administrative step), anticipated in early 2014. If this is true, effectively, the chance for public input actually ended shortly after the June 2013 open house on the plan “directions.”
- The first time the public saw the actual “draft community plan” was yesterday evening, October 22, 2013.
- Only 36 questionnaires were submitted on laneway housing.
- “150 participants” are listed for the “laneway housing table” at Car Free Day
Proposals to change parking had the lowest amount of support at 49%.
- It is not clear how this public input informed or guided the conclusions in the draft plan.