West End Community Plan Implementation Newsletter (September 2019 Update) from City of Vancouver

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The City of Vancouver has e-mailed a “West End Community Plan Implementation Newsletter” (September 2019 Update) to newsletter subscribers. For non-subscribers, below is a text only version, minus the photos, with updated times. Or alternatively, click here to see it online.

West End Neighbours encourages residents to have a good look at the information here, attend info sessions that interest you, and actively provide input back to the City.

Over the coming weeks, we will do some posts on topics here, and welcome your input, comments, and questions for consideration by e-mailing us at westendplanning@gmail.com.

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West End Community Plan Implementation Newsletter” (September 2019 Update)

Hello Everyone,

We’re pleased to provide an update on the implementation of the West End Community Plan, featuring many exciting projects across the community.

Recent development in the community is contributing to new amenities that were identified in the Plan’s Public Benefit Strategy (PBS). The PBS provides direction for future investments in the community over the long term, including affordable housing, childcare, parks, civic facilities, transportation and more.

Several projects from the West End PBS will be moving forward over the coming months, and there will be opportunities for you to be involved and share your ideas.
Get News and Updates Online
The West End Plan website now features a new map and projects calendar which provides links to updates on the latest implementation projects, upcoming open houses and events, surveys and more.

Visit vancouver.ca/westendplan

West End Plan Implementation Projects

COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019

Places for People Downtown
Over the past year, the Places for People Downtown team has been hard at work developing a strategy to deliver exceptional, vibrant, and memorable public spaces, places, and experiences in the downtown peninsula.

As our city grows and transforms, we’ll see more people and activity downtown. We need to look at how we can help create and improve public spaces to bring our community together and allow us to be a friendly and lively city.

It’s time for us to share our proposed Downtown Public Space Strategy with you.

We invite you to join us at one of our public space pop-up events in Downtown Vancouver. We want to hear your feedback on our emerging goals and directions. This will also be an opportunity to update you on next steps in the Places for People Downtown process.

Thursday, Sept 26, 11 am – 2 pm
Bill Curtis Square
(Yaletown)

Saturday, Sept 28, 11 am – 2 pm
English Bay – Seawall
(West End)

Thursday, Oct 3, 4 -7 pm
Bute-Robson
(West End)

Saturday, Oct 5, 12-3 pm
Robson Square – šxnqXwtl’e7énk Square
(Central Business District)

We look forward to seeing you there! And as a special incentive, the first 25 people to visit up at each pop-up event will receive a limited edition illustration by Jeff Kulak! Don’t miss out.

For more information, go to vancouver.ca/placesforpeople

Haro/Bute Water Main and Bikeway Upgrades
We’re upgrading critical water infrastructure in the West End. Work includes replacing the existing water main below sections of Haro,Bute, Denman, Gilford and Chilco Streets with a larger-capacity system, which will have a life expectancy of about 100 years.

Building on this roadwork, the City is planning to implement walking and cycling street improvements along the Haro Street Bikeway, from Denman St. to Thurlow St. The upgrades aim to improve the safety, comfort, wayfinding and accessibility for people of all ages and abilities, especially at key intersections. Staff will share design options and welcome public feedback at the upcoming open house.

Open House:
Thursday, Sept 26, 5pm-8pm
West End Community Centre
Bidwell Room
For more information, go to vancouver.ca/harobuteupgrades

Nelson Park Utility Changes
The Vancouver Parks Board is conducting an impact study regarding BC Hydro’s request to install power cables in the park as part of the West End Substation project, which is adjacent to the park at Vancouver School Board’s Lord Roberts Annex Site. We want to hear from you on potential changes to the park in October.

Join us for the first round of public engagement at the following times:
Saturday, Oct 19, 10am-2pm

Thursday, Oct 24, 5pm-8pm
Nelson Park during the Farmer’s Market

St. Paul’s Anglican Church at 1130 Jervis St.
For more information, go to vancouver.ca/nelsonparkrow

MAJOR PROJECTS ON THE HORIZON

West End Community Centre Master Plan
The West End Community Plan calls for additional amenity space to accommodate the growing population in the area. The redevelopment of the West End Community Centre, Library and King George Senior Secondary School are key components in delivering these new amenities.

We are preparing to issue a Request for Proposal for Master Planning services this fall. We will begin reaching out to some community groups over the fall to guide the process, and we will engage a consultant to support our work with the community and Vancouver School Board on the new West End Community Centre, Joe Fortes Library and King George Secondary School Master Plan, which will be developed over the next few years.

We’ll be looking at renewing the secondary school, community centre, library, ice rink, and outdoor green space, along with exploring adding new amenities on site including seniors’ services, child care, and a fire hall. The project will be coordinated with plans for a new elementary school, child care and affordable housing at the nearby Coal Harbour Community Centre. We’ll share updates and ways to get involved as the planning moves forward.

West End Waterfront Master Plan
As the West End’s population grows, the demand for public space is increasing, putting pressure on the existing parks and streets systems. One of the most popular and well-visited series of parks and public spaces in Vancouver is the English Bay and Sunset Beach park shoreline area and surrounding street network. To anticipate increased demand, while also preserving and enhancing the qualities that make our waterfront so spectacular, we’re starting work on an exciting new master plan for the West End waterfront parks. The plan will provide a vision for enhancing English Bay Beach and Sunset Park, as well as improvements to the Seawall, public space and transportation upgrades.

The staff team has been out in the community this summer at pop-up events to chat about the project. Stay tuned for more opportunities to be part of this exciting project when public engagement launches in 2020.

For more information, or to get involved, go to https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/west-end-waterfront-master-plan.aspx

For copies of the past 18 newsletters to date, see the Background and Documents tab on the West End Plan page (www.vancouver.ca/westendplan).

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