View changes from bottom of Davie Street, extracted from secret City files

These two images we have selected as examples to compare today and future.

Bottom of Davie Street today in 2014, aerial view

Bottom of Davie Street today in 2014, aerial view

Bottom of Davie Street in FUTURE with zoning changes approved 23-Jan-2014, aerial view

Bottom of Davie Street in FUTURE with zoning changes approved 23-Jan-2014, aerial view

To compare best, right-click on each image, open with a new tab on your browser, and then adjust size to see them side by side.

Did City Council receive full and complete disclosure of information for the West End Community Plan approved November 20? And for the zoning amendments they approved on January 23? Did the City treat the public in good faith and provide accurate information in a fair, proper, and timely way during the West End Community Plan consultation process? Did the City use tax dollars effectively in this planning process? Were special interests given privileged treatment in this process?

The City of Vancouver spent thousands of dollars of taxpayer’s money to develop a high-resolution 3D model of the West End, and it was ready months ago. But it was almost completely kept under wraps from the public. Did some privileged eyes get to see it? Why did the City try so hard to keep it secret? 

The two images above show the simulated before and after views. City Council approved significant changes to zoning of several hectares of prime land on January 23, 2014, despite strong calls for more time, due process, and proper consultation. See for example here. The model has a significant level of detail. It shows simulated humans for scale. It is capable of simulating shadows when the sun is at different angles. You can zoom down to the sidewalk or into the sky at any location to see the impacts of future developments on views, shading, character of the neighbourhood. Property owners would probably have liked to see what City staff were recommending to Council. Public opinion on the West End Plan was based on incomplete information.

To see our set of thirteen images extracted from the 3D data so far, click here. To receive them directly, please send an e-mail to info@westendneighbours.ca. We will send you a zip file, free of charge. You already paid for it, through your taxes. If you wish to see certain specific views (exact location and angle), send us your wish list. We make no promises. The City didn’t do it for you, but we will try.

Bottom of Davie Street today in 2014, aerial view

Bottom of Davie Street today in 2014, aerial view

Bottom of Davie Street in FUTURE with zoning changes approved 23-Jan-2014, aerial view

Bottom of Davie Street in FUTURE with zoning changes approved 23-Jan-2014, aerial view

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