On the evening of November 6, 2013, the City of Vancouver website carried the final documents (200 pages total, including some previous materials) for the draft West End Community Plan. Here is a brief update on the official steps of the West End community planning process.
A report entitled “West End Community Plan,” with associated Appendices A to J, was posted on the City of Vancouver webpage. The appendices include the West End Community Plan, Rezoning Policy, and Design Guidelines for Infill Housing that were released on October 22, as well as Zoning and other amendments required to implement the plan.
It is anticipated that City Council will consider the staff report at the City Finance and Services Meeting on Wednesday, November 20, starting at 9:30 am, subject to scheduling by City Clerk. The report and agenda will be posted here one week before the meeting.
If you want to share your opinion with Council, you may do so in person at the meeting or in writing. For details on how to sign up for the speakers list, or how to submit a comment, please click here. You can sign up to speak when the meeting agenda is made public.
Zoning and other by-law amendments will be referred to a Public Hearing, likely in early 2014.
If you were unable to attend one of the recent Learning Sessions, you can review the community plan and fill out the questionnaire online to provide your feedback. The questionnaire is open until midnight on November 13, 2013. A PDF of the Learning Sessions presentation is available on our webpage under ‘Documents’, ‘Public Engagement’. Hard copies of the plan are available for review at Joe Fortes Library, West End Seniors Network and Gordon Neighbourhood House. A summary of the questionnaire feedback will be provided to City Council prior to consideration of the report.
An e-mail from the West End Planning Team on November 1, 2013, carried the following points.
The draft West End Community Plan, draft West End Design Guidelines for Infill Housing, and draft Rezoning Policy for the West End were released on October 22nd.
Over the preceding week, the City held five Learning Sessions, which provided an opportunity to learn about the draft plan, understand how it will help shape the future of the community, ask questions, and tell staff what you think.